Album Reviews

Riki – Gold

by Sam Walker-Smart

The LA artist’s second album is nighttime music, tunes for neon-soaked streets and lost lovers, with a reflective aura in which to get lost in

Adele – 30

by Graeme Marsh

The most intimate and in many ways bravest of her albums to date

Ladyhawke – Time Flies

by Ben Hogwood

There are subtleties at work in Pip Brown’s multi-layered songs that make the album format well suited to her work

Sting – The Bridge

by Ben Hogwood

He remains the troubadour with itchy feet, arriving to stay the night but already with one eye on the next day’s departure

Seth Lakeman – Make Your Mark

by David Murphy

Honesty and likeable simplicity permeate through sturdy songs that sound as though they’re built to stand tall and resilient in a buffeting Devon wind

OMD @ Brighton Centre, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Souvenir with a loving crowd, the band belie their name by shining a decadent light on the know-it-all glories of youth

Houeida Hedfi – Fleuves De L’Âme

by Steven Johnson

This debut by the Tunisian percussionist is a reminder of music’s ability to transcend cultural boundaries and open up new worlds

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss – Raise The Roof

by John Murphy

It has taken over a decade to arrive, but this second outing from one of rock’s less likely pairings is an undoubted triumph, proving the old adage that opposites attract

Shame @ Chalk, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

The south Londoners bring Drunk Tank Pink to the coast in bacchanalian, destructive style

Elbow – Flying Dream 1

by John Murphy

A warm, comforting and sincere record that many of us need after the last two years welcomes the light back

Katy B @ Village Underground, London

by Michael Hubbard

The sometime dubstep pop queen’s first London headline gig in five years debuts a laid-back vibe

Youth – Spinning Wheel

by David Murphy

Musician and producer Martin “Youth” Glover’s first foray under his own name, despite a career lasting over 40 years

Dave Gahan & Soulsavers – Imposter

by Ben Hogwood

The Depeche Mode frontman’s third album with the duo is a darkly-coloured cabaret set where covering other people’s songs is the explicit aim

Tony Allen: A Retrospective @ Royal Festival Hall, London

by Michael Hubbard

Intended as an 80th birthday celebration, this retrospective brought together music and musicians from across 50 years of an artistic giant’s career

Festival Review: Mutations Brighton 2021

by Matt Cotsell

The Brighton festival was better than measly fireworks: with Yard Act, Scalping and Pillow Queens on the bill, this was dynamite, and the directions for where to stick it

Little Mix – Between Us

by Ben Devlin

An odyssean trip through styles and trends that provides an impressive account of a chart-conquering legacy any act would be rightly proud of

Snapped Ankles @ Chalk, Brighton

by Matt Cotsell

Vengeful motorik manifestations and humorously compelling ceremonial mayhem make for fiery musical bloodletting

Courtney Barnett – Things Take Time, Take Time

by John Murphy

Her third album marks a move away from the stream of consciousness delivery of her early days and a step towards sincere contemplations of matters of the heart

Idles – Crawler

by Nikki Bonnett

Rejuvenated, treading compelling new ground and embracing a complex range of musical influences, the Bristolians have taken a left turn

Jon Hopkins – Music For Psychedelic Therapy

by Ben Devlin

A real accomplishment, otherwordly escapism that’s irresistible for the mind, body and soul

Damon Albarn – The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows

by David Murphy

An immersive, mysterious listen made up of a collection of gloriously misty, chilly song skeletons that parade past without ever quite revealing their secrets