Reviews Index

The Bluetones – The Singles

by Michael Hubbard

Peaking with a chart-topping album in the latter part of Britpop’s heyday, The Bluetones were assured of success. Just as they topped the charts they…



Luke Slater – Alright On Top


Remember how new electropop sounded when we first heard it? In the capable hands of Kraftwerk and Suicide a whole breed of keyboards and other...

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Plastic Fang


The cover of the new Jon Spencer Blues Explosion album has three images onit. One is a sketch of a fearful, wide-eyed woman, another a...

Cornershop – Handcream For A Generation


It’s been five years since Cornershop caught the music world completely off guard with When I Was Born for the 7th Time. Previously written off...

Pete Yorn – Music For The Morning After


Eight years on from the death of Kurt Cobain and the eternally unrealisedpromise of Unplugged in New York, some young American musicians stilladdress imaginatively the...

Thaw – Holy Cat


Thaw are the latest offshoot of Loop Guru, the London based global fusion duo whose name has become synonymous with Summer festivals and blissed out...

Darren Hayes – Spin


Australian popsters Savage Garden, one of pop’s most successful duos in recent times, have split up. Daniel has retreated to his studio to write and...

Soft Cell – The Very Best Of Soft Cell


Trips down Memory Lane are not always pleasant experiences. But, as reminders of what went before, the record industry’s equivalent – the “best of” album...

Belle and Sebastian @ Usher Hall, Edinburgh


“I think they’re still looking for the treasure in Manchester…” Belle and Sebastian, the fan-friendly Brit Award-winning not-so-superstars are in Edinburgh, playing the last of...

Alfie @ Scala, London


What happened? Only a year or so ago the music press was championing the ludicrously named New Acoustic Movement as a soothing balm for all...

Damon Albarn, Afel Bocoum et al @ Barbican, London


Damon Albarn clearly isn’t content with fronting Blur and being a mastermind of the hugely successful Gorillaz project. For his latest venture, the Britpop survivor...

The Streets – Original Pirate Material


Mike Skinner, aka The Streets, is a Brummie with a mockney accent who comes across as a largin’-it lad, possible Fiesta XR2 driver (blacked-out windows...

Embrace – Fireworks (Singles 1997-2002)


In retrospect, it probably wasn’t Embrace’s greatest idea to compare themselves to Oasis when they first appeared back in 1997. Arrogance and being ‘mad for...

Alfie – A Word In Your Ear


Alfie’s new album is a fresh slice of the Manchester band’s light and memorable tunage. Opening with the summer folk of the title track, boasting...

Paul + Menlo Park @ Ocean, London


Naming a band after the birthplace of recorded sound is a bold and confident statement. But tonight’s first band are fearless. Menlo Park, New Jersey,...

Mclusky @ Metro, London


There can be fewer places less ‘ROCK’ than Oxford Street on a wet, Wednesday night, save perhaps for Doncaster. This could explain why opening act...

Minuteman @ Spitz, London


There’s a bit of a buzz about Minuteman at present. If the flash ofphotographers at the Spitz was anything to go by, their PR company...

Gomez – In Our Gun


When Gomez first stumbled out of Southport back in 1998, they seemed like the most unlikely bunch of superstars. A bunch of scruffy twentysomethings playing...

Capitol K – Island Row


Island Row is Capitol K‘s new, disparate but innovative album. Essentially a rehash of a record of the same title previously released in the USA...

Heron – The Brown Room


Heron’s debut album is a self-produced majestic effort, blending American country, ’60s rock, psychedelia and electronica. An eclectic mix of beats and melodies, with influences...

Omara Portuondo @ Barbican, London


The Barbican was packed full and everyone seemed very excited at this chance to see and hear the flamboyant leading lady of Buena Vista Social...