Spotlights

Spotlight: Van Dyke Parks reissues – Song Cycle, Discover America and The Clang Of The Yankee Reaper

by Ben Hogwood

There is a sense that Van Dyke Parks is only now getting full recognition for his contribution to pop music as a solo artist. As…



One For Keeps: Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral

by Max Raymond

One For Keeps is a features series in which musicOMH writers wax lyrical on albums they’d just not be able to cope without. Max Raymond...

Spotlight: Can – The Lost Tapes

by Mic Wright

We live in a world where far too many bands burble on about their love of Krautrock. The number of Oasis albums and Kasabian songs...

Spotlight: Paul Simon – Graceland

by Darren Lee

A quarter of a century ago the world was still in thrall with a new medium that was going to revolutionise music, improve fidelity, blast...

Obituary: Donna Summer

by Michael Hubbard

News arrived today (17 May 2012) of disco legend Donna Summer’s death at 63, from cancer, at her Florida home. Born LaDonna Adrian Gaines, Summer...

My Bloody Valentine: Loveless / Isn’t Anything / EPs and Rarities

by Mic Wright

My Bloody Valentine are like The Grail in Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade. They can be the source of ultimate power or render you...

One For Keeps: New Order – Technique

by Laurence Green

One For Keeps is a new features series in which musicOMH writers wax lyrical on albums they’d just not be able to cope without. Laurence...

One For Keeps: Lifter Puller – Fiestas + Fiascos

by Mic Wright

One For Keeps is a new features series in which musicOMH writers wax lyrical on albums they’d just not be able to cope without. Kicking...

Spotlight: Pulp – It / Freaks / Separations

by John Murphy

Do you remember the first time? For a lot of admirers of the perennial misfits from Sheffield, it will have been Common People. Or going...

Spotlight: David Bowie – Station To Station

by Dan Marner

It opens with faint birdsong and the distant chugging of a train. Someone is running from something bad, running towards something that might be even...

Spotlight: The Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream / Gish

by Andrew Burgess

2011 has seen its share of excellent 20th anniversary reissues from the shamelessly longhaired and scrappy early days of grunge and alternative rock. To name...

Spotlight: Berlin Music Days

by Chris Beanland

“Berlin was shaky in the ’70s and ’80s, you never knew what was going to happen next,” says Gudrun Gut. “That’s why it felt a...

Spotlight: Riots, Reasons And Ramifications

by Michael Hubbard

Like a significant proportion of the UK’s population, for the last few days and nights I’ve been all but glued to the rolling news networks,...

Spotlight: Scritti Politti – Absolute

by Jude Clarke

The journey taken by Green Gartside and his band Scritti Politti over the last five decades has been quite a remarkable one. From a genuine,...

Obituary: John Barry

by Dan Marner

With the announcement of John Barry’sdeath on 31st January 2011, the door has closed not only on one of the most accomplished and illustrious careers...

Spotlight: Queens Of The Stone Age – Queens Of The Stone Age

by Sam Shepherd

It’s quite hard to think of Josh Homme as anything other than a Rock Colossus these days; he’s seemingly been around for ages yet has...

Obituary: Broadcast’s Trish Keenan

by Dan Marner

Disbelief, shock and immense sadness greeted the news that broke last Friday morning, 14th January 2011. Trish Keenan, lead singer and primary creative force in...

Spotlight: Hefner – Dead Media

by Gareth Ware

If a week equates to a long time in politics, then god only knows what 10 years is in music. Think of the passing fads,...

Obituary: Poly Styrene

by Andrew Burgess

According to a statement on her website, Poly Styrene, front woman for the archetypal punk band X-Ray Spex, passed away on the evening of 25th...

Obituary: Solomon Burke

by Daniel Paton

Whilst Solomon Burke will justly be remembered for his committed, powerful soul voice, singing was not necessarily his prime vocation. He described himself as “a...

Spotlight: Robbie Williams – In And Out Of Consciousness: Greatest Hits 1990-2010

by Nic Oliver

In common with other great British institutions, Robbie Williams has been hovering around our media-saturated lives for a lot longer than many of us realise....