Spotlights

Spotlight: The Music of James Bond

by Alex Jeffery

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...

Spotlight: Richard Hawley – In The Beginning….


Looking back at the two-time Mercury nominee’s first three solo albums

Spotlight: Amanda Palmer – The Art Of Asking


The sometime Dresden Dolls star’s book provides us with an opportunity to think again about an often misunderstood artist.

Spotlight: Nonclassical at 10


Nonclassical label boss Gabriel Prokofiev guides us through the label’s first decade and previews both celebratory events and a book

Spotlight: Songs of resistance, democracy and peace, where art thou?


Much has been written about the general malaise afflicting the Left in these times and, in particular, its inability to gain ground as a progressive...

Spotlight: Mercury Music Prize 2014


Some thoughts on what this year’s Mercury Prize judges might be wrapping their ears around.

Spotlight: Cardiacs – Sing To God


If you are already a Cardiacs fan there is probably no point in reading a review about this album. You will already know that it...

The The – Soul Mining (30th Anniversary Edition)


The 30th Anniversary Edition of The The’s debut major label release.

Spotlight: Oasis – Definitely Maybe


Twenty years on from its initial release, a reappraisal of the Gallagher brothers’ debut album

Spotlight: Grace Jones – Nightclubbing (Deluxe Edition)


Feeling like a woman. Looking like a man. It’s the lyric that Grace Jones turned upside down and inside out on her 1981 album Nightclubbing....

Spotlight: Johnny Cash – Out Among The Stars


‘Hello, I’m Johnny Cash…’ Archive releases, as a general rule, are marketed to ‘the fans’. But to try and pin down what it means to...

Track-By-Track: Ed Harcourt – Time Of Dust


Ed Harcourt follows his sixth album, 2013’s Back Into The Woods, into the New Year with a mini album of new material called Time Of...

Track-By-Track: Son Of Dave – Blues At The Grand


Excellent blues man Son Of Dave – aka Winnipeg-born, London-dwelling Benjamin Darvill – releases his new, fifth, album Blues At The Grand on 4th November – just...

Spotlight: Muse – Live At Rome Olympic Stadium


Over the last couple of years in particular, there’s been an overwhelming wave of good music films that go beyond traditional concert footage. Shut Up...

Obituary: Lou Reed


Whilst he could be aggressive and adversarial, many of the bands he influenced and his friends spoke of him as a supportive, encouraging figure.

Spotlight: Morrissey – Autobiography


Morrissey‘s Autobiography was always going to attract attention. Yet the amount it received still surprised. That thought is one of a typical Morrissey fan. He belongs...

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Black Hearted Brother – Stars Are Our Home


Neil Halstead, solo artist with three albums to his name and founder member of Slowdive and Mojave 3, is now part of a new trio....