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This Music Made Me: Maxïmo Park

by musicOMH

Ahead of the launch of new album Nature Always Wins, Paul Smith recalls the albums that have influenced him most

This Music Made Me: Grandbrothers

by musicOMH

Erol Sarp and Lukas Vogel celebrate the release of new album All The Unknown with a run-through of the albums that have influenced them most

One For Keeps: Neil Young – After The Gold Rush

by Chris White

Coinciding with the release of its 50th Anniversary Edition, Chris White argues why half a century on, this remains his greatest record

Spotlight: Fine Young Cannibals – The Raw & The Cooked / Fine Young Cannibals

by Graeme Marsh

With remastered double CD editions out just in time for Christmas, Graeme Marsh revisits the two albums which formed the entirety of this unique band’s career

musicOMH’s Top 50 Albums Of 2020

by Michael Hubbard

The 50 albums that were top in the year 2020, according to musicOMH’s music writers

Spotlight: The Kinks – Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround, Part One

by Graeme Marsh

This 50th anniversary edition underlines that, for consistency across an eclectic range, it’s difficult to match: here surely is one of the greatest true concept albums of all time

Cabane: “It was a serious consideration to think about only releasing one single phys...

by Steven Johnson

Thomas Jean Henri on his new album with Will Oldham and Kate Stables, being honest and patient, subjecting his art to scrutiny and remaking his songs with others

Spotlight: Amy Winehouse – The Collection

by Ross Horton

Two collections pay homage to a singular talent which stands alone in the grand pantheon of British icons: our greatest soul star, and our most relatable broken heart

Dire Straits: brothers in AOR

by Graeme Marsh

Graeme Marsh makes the forgotten case for gazillion-selling AOR as Mark Knopfler and co’s back catalogue gets the deluxe reissue treatment

Mort Garson: unearthing electronica’s unexplained pioneer

by Matt Cotsell

The late Canadian auteur’s work melding baroque exotica with watery synth squeaks and galactic drones is reassessed with three reissues and a previously unreleased compilation

Motörhead – Ace Of Spades (40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

by Ross Horton

This reissue’s kitchen sink approach to an album which laid the foundations for a whole decade of heavy metal is only fitting

The Style Council’s Mick Talbot: “It was a very liberating thing” ...

by Ben Hogwood

Marking the release of the band’s career retrospective Long Hot Summers: The Story Of The Style Council, the band’s co-founder reflects on beginnings, endings and timely reappraisals

Michael Rother – Solo II

by Ross Horton

The German experimentalist shines a light on his solo work with a new box set, and unveils a standalone new album, Dreaming

This Music Made Me: Juanita Stein

by musicOMH

The sometime Howling Bells leader marks the release of new album Snapshot with a tour through the albums that have influenced her most

William Basinski: “These are my lamentations about the shit that’s been going o...

by Matt Cotsell

The avant-garde composer on new album Lamentations, his jazz project Sparkle Division, the effects of being unable to tour, and cultivating a rich domestic life

This Music Made Me: This Is The Kit

by musicOMH

Ahead of her fifth album Off Off On’s release, Kate Stables mined her music memory for the albums that have influenced her most

Do It Any Way You Wanna: An Introduction to Patrick Cowley

by Matt Cotsell

The sonic equivalent of opening a bottle of amyl nitrate, Cowley’s work shone a light on the multifaceted aspects of queer self-hood

Spotlight: Spoon – Slay On Cue

by Ross Horton

The chance to relive the journey, or experience it for the first time – and discover if they’re one of the most underrated bands in the world

Spotlight: Ultravox – Vienna

by Graeme Marsh

A 40th anniversary box set charts a band’s shift from cult status to stardom. Graeme Marsh examines what exactly changed

Spotlight: New Order – Power, Corruption and Lies

by Graeme Marsh

With a Definitive Edition of their 1983 opus released, Graeme Marsh examines one of the best albums of the ’80s in a new light

Q&A: Kutiman

by Steven Johnson

On travelling to Tanzania for new album Wachaga, his work in film and animation, finding inspiration through location and the Israeli music scene