Reviews Index

Pony Club – Home Truths

by Alex Routledge

Mark Cullen, the creative force behind Pony Club, releases his debut album ‘Home Truths’ on 25th March. It’s a decent enough effort from the Irish…



Starsailor @ Lomax, Liverpool


This isn’t another New Acoustic band. Starsailor are far too exciting for that. Saying that they’re the band “most likely to do a Coldplay” is...

The Divine Comedy – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London


It had been a long week – Glasgow, Cambridge, Oxford, Norwich and now home to the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, and as Neil put it, “four...

The Divine Comedy @ Junction, Cambridge


With tour-long support from Food’s newest signing Matthew Jay and his motley band of shaggy-haired chums warming the audience up nicely for the rock band...

Fun Lovin’ Criminals @ Ocean, London


It’s not easy to get to Hackney but the prospect of a new 23 Million venue and the Fun Lovin’ Criminals certainly had the potential...

Lush – Ciao!


Lush – who they? Well, they were a British band who released a pile of albums in the 1990s and had limited top 40 success,...

Heidi Berry – Pomegranate


The spuriously named Pomegranate is an album to showcase the art of traditional songwriting from one of its foremost exponents, Ms Heidi Berry. Described by...

Divine Comedy – Liverpool University, Liverpool


We live in interesting times. Pop-Opera blokeys The Divine Comedy being produced by Nigel ‘Radiohead‘ Godrich? He’s going to make them all depressed! He’s going...

Kristin Hersh – Sunny Border Blue


Kristin Hersh, of Throwing Muses almost-fame, offers a quite sublime album called Sunny Border Blue. Every music lover should own a copy. What? Unqualified praise?...

Daft Punk – Discovery


After the immediate success and undeniable artistry of their 1996 house debut Homework, French robo-duo Daft Punk‘s second album, Discovery, rings in some ways as...

The Divine Comedy – Regeneration


From the hushed tones of opener Timestretched to the plodding finale The Beauty Regime, Regeneration seems to go out of its way to leave past...

Astrid + DNA @ Lomax


DNA are pure eclecticism. There’s ten of them up there, each operating within their own square foot of the Lomax stage, but this isn’t some...

Pixies – Complete B Sides


One of a whole series of ‘best of’ albums released by 4AD of late, this one comes with two videos in addition to 19 tracks...

Luna – Live!


A marriage of three live recordings, this album is an excellent introduction to a band who have released five albums now but have yet to...

Lowgold + Brave Captain @ The Lomax


Brave Captain will shortly release an EP entitled Better Living Through Reckless Experimentation. Sounds quite good doesn’t it? Sounds like Martin Carr is carrying on...

Beth Orton + Eileen Rose + Anjali @ Union Chapel, London


Rough Trade had hired what is debatably London’s most atmospheric and beautiful venue, the Union Chapel, for five females of mixed musical tastes. Eileen Rose...

2nd Gen – Irony Is


While scanning the press release for Irony is we read a lot about Wajid Yaseen’s “no rules” approach to music making, but we’ve read such...

I Am Kloot @ University, Liverpool


There’s a storm warning. There’s a hurricane coming. Its really not a big deal though, so get out from under the table, and put away...

Goldfrapp @ ULU, London


Felt Mountain, Goldfrapp’s debut album, appeared in September 2000 on Mute Records and caused an awful lot of excitement. Sublime, decadent, twisted and elegant were...

Labradford – Fixed :: Context


If we assume that post-rock is more than a critic’s concept and that bands and artists actually aspire to achieve this state with their music,...

Tram – Frequently Asked Questions


The ultra-acoustic Tram, consisting of Paul Anderson and Nick Avery, have much to offer fans of Smog and even Mojave 3, although they don’t really...