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U2 - The Joshua Tree

Spotlight: U2 – The Joshua Tree

by Graeme Marsh

For more recent generations, it’s difficult to view Irish megastars U2 as anything other than annoying. From arrogantly gatecrashing Apple users’ iTunes accounts with their…



Track-By-Track: Depeche Mode – Spirit


Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher return this spring with Depeche Mode‘s 14th album and second for Columbia, Spirit. Four years on from the...

Spotlight: Suede – Coming Up


Looking back, 1996 was not exactly one filled with happy, joyous events in Britain. IRA bombings sadly began again after a lengthy ceasefire and the...

Track-By-Track: The Early Years – II


Almost a decade on since their self-titled debut album’s release, The Early Years are back to pick up where they left off with a new work called, simply,...

Spotlight: One More Time With Feeling


Close to the end of One More Time With Feeling, Nick Cave looks at us and says “I don’t know what the fuck I’m doing...

Spotlight: The Verve – A Storm In Heaven / A Northern Soul


Twenty-five years is a long time in pop music. Not many bands stay the course for a quarter of a century – and Verve, as...

Track-By-Track: Autoheart – I Can Build A Fire


The splendid Autoheart, comprising Jody Gadsden (voice), Simon Neilson (keys) and Barney JC (guitars), return after far too long away with their second album I...

Spotlight: Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)


It was a big year, 1982, and for Britain in particular. Two hundred and 55 military personnel would lose their lives during the Falklands War...

Track-By-Track: Bright Light Bright Light – Choreography


Rod Thomas is back with Choreography, Bright Light Bright Light‘s third album – this time featuring guest turns from Elton John, all of the Scissor...

Spotlight: The Death and Rebirth of LCD Soundsystem


There’s quite a few folk out there that think James Murphy’s got some front. How dare he reform a band with such a warm and...

Spotlight: What Prince Taught Us About Sexuality


Prodigious, prolific, paradoxical and perverse, it’s likely that no other artist in popular music history has produced the volume of self-penned and self-produced music that...

Track-By-Track: Aziza Brahim – Abbar El Hamada


Aziza Brahim has forthright things to say about war, peace and humanity in the face of crisis and conflict. Born in a Sahrawi refugee camp...

The Pranny Genius Of David Bowie


In the hours and days since David Bowie‘s sad passing, an outpouring of obituaries and articles have arrived, rightly praising his song catalogue and celebrating...

Obituary: David Bowie


Genius is a term that is applied all too liberally across many walks of life, yet in the case of David Bowie, who passed away...

Track-By-Track: Wolfgang Flür – Eloquence – The Complete Works


Part of Kraftwerk during their most commercially successful period, Eloquence sums up what he did next…

Spotlight: Van Morrison – Astral Weeks


The story of how his seminal album came to be, as it gets the Expanded Edition treatment.

Spotlight: The Music of James Bond


Uniquely, Bond themes represent a music tradition spanning over 40 years with a very special continuity that transcends the vagaries of changing fashions and genres....

Spotlight: Arcade Fire – The Reflektor Tapes


Khalid Joseph’s reputation as an emerging talent has grown steadily over the last few years, especially with a Special Jury Award for Short Film prize...

Obituary: Ornette Coleman


To describe Ornette Coleman, who has died at the age of 85, as a ‘giant of jazz’ is, at least in part, to misrepresent his...

Spotlight: Radiohead’s The Bends at 20


Two decades since its release, just how well has Radiohead’s The Bends aged?

Spotlight: Brian Eno, Ambient Deluxe


As a highly regarded artist and one of the most influential men in music right now, Brian Eno is ripe for the retrospective treatment. One...