Album Reviews
Marilyn Manson - We Are Chaos

Marilyn Manson – We Are Chaos

by Ross Horton

A stunning collection of tracks that are stronger, tougher and better than they have any right to be, more vital and creative than ever

Suzanne Vega – An Evening Of New York Songs And Stories

by Nick Smith

This live recording stands as a fitting tribute to New York, praising its riches, uncovering its faults and exploring its tragedy

Doves – The Universal Want

by Alan Ashton-Smith

Fresh and relevant, their first album in a decade strikes a fine balance between progress and comforting familiarity

The Flaming Lips – American Head

by Graeme Marsh

A thought provoking, self-examining episode from Wayne Coyne and co triggered by Tom Petty from beyond the grave

Tricky – Fall To Pieces

by Ben Devlin

Moody lyrics and a lingering unease underpin an intriguing collection

Krononaut – Krononaut

by Daniel Paton

A mysterious album, adroitly combining meditative and unsettling moods, and creating its own shifting musical terrain

Saint Saviour – Tomorrow Again

by Ben Hogwood

Becky Jones’ latest is an enchanting and captivating album that surrounds its listener with warmth and empathy

Billy Ocean – One World

by Nick Smith

The underlying message may be nothing new, but the soul and sincerity serve as an antidote to cynicism

Afel Bocoum – Lindé

by Steven Johnson

An accomplished album that manages to be both outward-looking while also proud of its Malian heritage

Bill Callahan – Gold Record

by Steven Johnson

Another album of uniquely considered observations imbued with wisdom and sharpness of mind, undoubtedly music for the slow lane

Throwing Muses – Sun Racket

by Sam Shepherd

Their 10th album revels in a constant tension that makes these songs worth revisiting time and again

The Pineapple Thief – Versions Of The Truth

by Lewis Oxley

Let them be a mystery no more: this band bear the torch of prog rock, and it burns still

Hurts – Faith

by Sam Shepherd

Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson’s fifth album throws choice pop cuts into the mix with a dash of slightly depressed goth seasoning

All Them Witches – Nothing As The Ideal

by Graeme Marsh

Their sixth album never fails to entertain and covers much ground in doing so, ranging from metal to stoner rock

Young Knives – Barbarians

by Alan Ashton-Smith

Their first album in seven years engages with big ideas and real horrors; political without being accusatory, learned without resorting to intellectual jargon or outright...

Declan McKenna – Zeros

by Jason Binns

The Londoner’s second album examines the effects of an anxiety-infested, social media driven society on its inhabitants

Disclosure – Energy

by Ben Devlin

Solidifying the Surrey duo’s place in the ever-changing world of house music, they’re back like they never left

Samia – The Baby

by John Murphy

A debut that slowly winds itself into your heart, and promises even better things to come – and feels like a proper album

Toni Braxton – Spell My Name

by Ben Devlin

The Un-Break My Heart star’s latest is a veritable pot luck of styles and features some great tunes

Sophie Hunger – Halluzinationen

by John Murphy

A complex album with much to offer, this is an artist sticking to her own path and sounding stronger than ever

Yello – Point

by Ben Hogwood

How inspiring that two fellows of pensionable age can make electronic music with the same enthusiasm they mustered for their first album together 40 years...