Reviews Index

Neneh Cherry @ Roundhouse, London

by Nick Smith

Spellbinding, cathartic journey from Raw Like Sushi to Broken Politics “It’s bloody Valentine’s Day!” proclaims Neneh Cherry, as she takes to the stage at Camden’s…



Ladytron – Ladytron


Accomplished and relatable 20 years on It’s been eight years since we last had an album from the shoegazing mavericks and slick electro-pop outfit Ladytron....

Ariana Grande – thank u, next


It has been mere months since her last album Sweetener dropped, but Ariana Grande has just released her fifth album thank u, next and is...

Mercury Rev – Bobbie Gentry’s The Delta Sweete Revisited


Over recent years, Mercury Rev have concentrated on celebrating their seminal Deserter’s Songs, either performing much of the album with the help of an orchestra or...

Jessica Pratt – Quiet Signs


Jessica Pratt‘s third album feels like an almost conscious step up to another level. Quiet Signs sees the Los Angeles based musician, for the first...

Steve Mason – About The Light


Stardom never seemed to fit too easily with The Beta Band. Despite an unlikely name-check in the film adaptation of Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity, and...

The Residents @ Union Chapel, London


Islington’s Union Chapel seems a fitting venue for a show about ghosts, romanticism and nostalgia. This is billed as the 40th anniversary tour of East...

Tears For Fears @ Brighton Centre, Brighton


“I googled it”, Roland Orzabal had to admit when discussing how long it had been since Tears For Fears last played Brighton. “36 years…36 years…”...

Ian Brown – Ripples


It may not feel like it, but Ian Brown has been away from the album format for some time. If you remove the Stone Roses...

The Wave Pictures @ Soup Kitchen, Manchester


The Wave Pictures do things the old-fashioned independent way. They are not the typical beneficiaries of the usual tastemaking websites. There is no Best New...

Shirley Collins @ Roundhouse, London


The last time Shirley Collins played the Roundhouse was in 1969. Decimalisation was on the horizon; also in the pipeline was a uniting of brothers...

Field Music @ Imperial War Museum, London


“In writing these songs, we felt we were pulling the war towards us — out of remembrance and into the everyday — into the now.”...

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba – Miri


For his fifth album, Malian ngoni master Bassekou Kouyate has traded some of the amplified energy of Ba Power and the defiant, vibrant joy of...

Low @ Barbican, London


Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker’s voices harmonising in perfect balance surely constitutes one of the world’s purest and most beautiful sounds. When combined with the...

Claire Richards – My Wildest Dreams


Best known for being the lead vocalist of pop juggernaut Steps, in which she was famed for her cheeky and emotive delivery in their videos,...

The Twilight Sad – It Won’t Be Like This All The Time


It Won’t Be Like This All The Time is an appropriately positive title for The Twilight Sad‘s fifth studio album. For, despite their reputation for...

Nina Nesbitt – The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change


While not the first single from Nina Nesbitt‘s The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change, Loyal To Me received the most buzz partly...

Blood Red Shoes – Get Tragic


After years of a constant release-tour-release cycle, Blood Red Shoes decided they were sick of the sight of each other back in 2014. In classic...

Better Oblivion Community Center – Better Oblivion Community Center


Considering the relevant profiles of the two people involved, the release of Better Oblivion Community Center has been curiously low-key. On the left, Phoebe Bridgers,...

Pantha Du Prince @ Barbican, London


Saturday’s show by Pantha Du Prince was the first concert in the Barbican’s year long Life Rewired season which will explore what it means to...

James Blake – Assume Form


James Blake is an odd product of his time. A songwriter and producer who started his career in the nebulous post-dubstep genre, he has spent...