Album Reviews
Rag'n'Bone Man - Life By Misadventure

Rag’n’Bone Man – Life By Misadventure

by John Murphy

Recorded in Nashville in a series of live sessions, there’s immediacy and warmth to Rory Graham’s vocal on an album that marks a major step up



Rosie Tucker – Sucker Supreme

by John Murphy

An album with new things to discover all the time: genre-hopping, tricky to pigeonhole and switching from big and muscular to a soft, fragile whisper

Gary Moore – How Blue Can You Get

by Ben Hogwood

A fitting tribute to a much-missed artist provides a timely reminder of just how imaginative a guitarist he could be

Conrad Clipper – Heron’s Book Of Dreams

by Nikki Bonnett

Pseudonymous composer of ambient music “with a focus on prepared, programmed and played piano” releases a work of eerie beauty

The Coral – Coral Island

by John Murphy

The Wirral band’s 10th is an ambitious work that never topples under its weight, its songs of a timeless quality that keeps you returning

Growing – Diptych

by Matt Cotsell

The Washington band’s agile and insular sound has permeated into a fugitive multidimensional fog, adrift on the faintest of prayers

Leon Vynehall – Rare, Forever

by Ben Devlin

A beguiling record – equal parts poignant and hedonistic – which allows the British DJ and producer’s vast array of talents to shine

Marianne Faithfull with Warren Ellis – She Walks In Beauty

by Matt Cotsell

Recovered from covid and calling in Shelley, Wordsworth and Byron, the icon embellishes her legend

Girl In Red – If I Can Make It Go Quiet

by John Murphy

This debut could easily cross over to become a big mainstream pop album, and signals the arrival of a major new talent

Teenage Fanclub – Endless Arcade

by Steven Johnson

An album of recalibration and evolution, but one that more than holds its own against the lofty peaks scaled earlier in their career

Field Music – Flat White Moon

by John Murphy

Another impressively solid record from the Brewis Brothers, who have turned into one of the country’s most consistent acts

Cabaret Voltaire – Dekadrone / BN9Drone

by Matt Cotsell

Banality and dread hover ever present over both these drone works as they commence their aural descent

Tom Jones – Surrounded By Time

by Ben Hogwood

His first album in five years draws on a wealth of experience and collects together songs ready for interpretation by the famous Welsh pipes

Porter Robinson – Nurture

by Ben Devlin

With a talent for shiny synths and heavy beats, the Atlanta native has developed a niche that is fun, vivid and enthralling

Art d’Ecco – In Standard Definition

by Matt Cotsell

Heretical futurist and ultrasonic androgyne dips into the glam rock cauldron to produce a vivid montage of erotic joie de vivre and postmodern ennui

Maxwell Sterling – Turn Of Phrase

by Matt Cotsell

Manchester-born multi-instrumentalist and composer plays a game of divergent contrasts on his third album

Big | Brave – Vital

by Bekki Bemrose

A record brimming with detail serves to fortify their standing as auteurs of a unique musical landscape

Alan Vega – Mutator

by Matt Cotsell

Brash, poetic, and romantically obtuse, the Suicide frontman even from the grave is as challenging as he is charming

Dinosaur Jr – Sweep It Into Space

by Bekki Bemrose

While a reinvention of the wheel it is not, Mascis and Barlow do offer a reliably potent balm for frayed nerves

Apparat – Soundtracks

by Ben Devlin

Four-disc box set marking Sascha Ring out as a soundtracker of distinction

Paul McCartney – McCartney III Imagined

by John Murphy

Somewhere between a remix album and a covers record, McCartney III’s companion piece features an A-list line-up