Reviews Index

Laika – Volume One (1993-2002)

by Graham Smith

Laika is a name often dropped during interviews with other bands. They are cited as a huge influence on Radiohead whilst writing Kid A. Since…



The Mountain Goats – Tallahassee


The driving force behind Mountains Goats is the enigmatic front man John Darnielle. A very prolific act, this is the third album he has put...

Teenage Fanclub – 4,766 Seconds: A Short Cut To


Dependable. Safe. Boring. Unoriginal. These are all words that have been unfairly tagged to Teenage Fanclub during the past 13 years. Affectionately called The Fannies...

InMe – Overgrown Eden


As a moody teenager I would often sequester myself in my bedroom, turn out the lights and wallow in my own self-inflicted alienation, with only...

The Yardbirds – Little Games


Little Games, originally release in 1967, was the Yardbirds’ final album. It was also their weakest, being heavily influenced for the worse by the pop...

Spear of Destiny – Morning Star


Spear of Destiny sound like no-one and no-one sounds like Spear of Destiny. You know it’s Kirk Brandon singing the minute you play the first...

Echoboy @ Monarch, London


It was an evening compered by a radio DJ, a chap who seemed to be relying on the old adage of “you wouldn’t hit a...

Youssou N’Dour @ Union Chapel, London


Something special was needed to offer an escape from the stubborn drizzle on a dank London night – not to mention get The Cheeky Song...

The Czars + Rosie Wilby @ Spitz, London


There were almost too many acts on the bill to count – on one hand, at least – tonight, as Christmas loomed ever larger on...

Damien Rice @ Limelight


After support act Mouse failed to ignite any real passion (perhaps because her set was very short and the volume too low), excitement was running...

Menlo Park @ Union Chapel, London


Menlo Park@ Union Chapel, London, 13 December 2002Menlo Park’s Chris Taylor takes flight.This being a chapel, yay it was right and proper that an Order...

Buck 65 – Square


Well it certainly took him a while. After spending years on the underground circuits of Halifax Nova Scotia, New York and Paris, Buck 65 (Richard...

Macy Gray – The Id


Macy Gray’s debut album, On How Life Is was the most ubiquitous record of the year in 1999. It was the soundtrack to every party...

David Gray @ Earl’s Court


A decidedly young-mature, cute couply audience came out in force to see this singer-songwriter give great value for money with an extensive, full-bodied set. Fair-haired...

Primal Scream @ Brixton Academy


Few bands can get London’s fashionista dancing to the lines “parasitic,syphilitic” (Swastika Eyes) on a Saturday night, but Primal Scream are noordinary band. Their seven-album...

Lambchop + Eileen Rose @ Sheffield Memorial Hall, Sheffield


“What a dump!” exclaims Eileen Rose as she steps onto the stage. She’s joking, of course. Sheffield’s Memorial Hall is one of the region’s best...

Mariah Carey – Charmbracelet


Having passed in and out of the hallowed doors of both Sony and EMI, superdeluxe diva Mariah Carey, she of the three-squillion-octaves voice, bounces back,...

Darius – Dive In


When an unknown Scotsman called Darius Danesh auditioned for Popstars with an excruciating version of Britney Spears‘ Baby One More Time, he seemed set to...

Calexico + Mariachi Luz de Luna @ Barbican, London


As part of the Barbican’s Further Beyond Nashville festival, Arizona’s border town boys Calexico breezed into the central London barn with a movie soundtrack that...

Pulp – Hits


Pulp are a band more than most for whom the word Hits tagged to a compilation actually means what it says. This one has just...

Robbie Williams – Escapology


Almost exactly a year since his last LP release, the Sinatra-style Swing When You’re Winning, the Robster is back in time for Christmas with an...