Reviews Index

Appliance – Imperial Metric

by Michael Hubbard

Appliance’s second album, inspired by the old eastern bloc countries rather than conventional western electronic music, moves boldly ever further away from the band’s initial…



Luke Haines – Christie Malry’s Own Double Entry


As soundtracks go, this is a killer. The film hasn’t been released at the time of writing, but this album appears three weeks before the...

Luna – Romantica


This, Luna’s sixth album, is a fine effort, melodic with a strong summer vibe that pervades throughout these 12 love-soaked quirky pop anthems. ‘Romantica’ is...

Cousteau – Sirena


Sirena is Spanish for siren, one of the mythical creatures whose singing was so beautiful thatsailors who would hear them would steer towards the sound...

Swell – Everybody wants to know…


Swell are one of those bands it’s very difficult to categorise, partly because they keep reinventing themselves. Originally out of San Francisco at the end...

Radiohead – Amnesiac


Recorded at the same time as last year’s Kid A by Nigel Godrich, Amnesiac could easily be seen as the other half of a double...


Ozric Tentacles @ Scala, London


A curious crowd in a curlicued building attended the final date in the Ozrics’ latest UK tour. The capacity audience was an odd mixture of...

Nitin Sawhney @ Ocean, London


Ocean cost millions, is in Hackney, miles from the nearest tube station – and is huge. The number of staff inspecting tickets at the various...

Tindersticks – Can Our Love…


Tindersticks aren’t the cheeriest of bands and Dying Slowly, the first track on their fifth studio album Can our love… is just about as gloomy...

Melys + Tin Star @ [onefourfour]


If you weren’t at this gig please suspend your disbelief for a moment (if you were there you won’t need to) and consider this: Melys...

Goldfrapp @ Union Chapel, London


After a stunning gig at ULU in February, Goldfrapp’s two nights at the Union Chapel had sold out almost immediately. With the new single (a...

R.E.M. – Reveal


They’re a funny band, R.E.M. On the release of Automatic For The People in 1992, they became probably the biggest band in the world. However,...

Elbow – Asleep At The Back


Yesterday evening Sacha Esterson, one of musicOMH’s reviewers, was found on the A213 near Bolton. Sacha had been reported missing while walking his dog near...

Ugly Duckling – Journey To Anywhere


Anyone who’s heard of De La Soul‘s 3ft High and Rising will recognise a definite influence in Ugly Duckling’s latest offering, featuring party words and...

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds @ Brixton Academy


Fans of Nick Cave overheard at the rather different venue of The Royal Festival Hall the previous evening were worried that their Prince of Darkness...

Total Meltdown @ The Royal Festival Hall


Bringing together past directors of Meltdown before this year’s Meltdown Festival kicks off, Total Meltdown was part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the Royal...

Buena Vista Social Club @ Laugardalshöllin, Reykjavik


The legend that is the Buena Vista Social Club goes on. The original album by these veteran Cuban musicians has been for some time the...

Natacha Atlas – Ayeshteni


After a hectic 1999, which saw Natacha Atlas win the Best Female award at France’s equivalent of the BRITs, sell 100,000 albums and have a...

Violet Indiana – Roulette


Robin Guthrie of The Cocteau Twins and Siobhan de Mar� (Mono) create dreamy, wistful soundscapes as Violet Indiana. Roulette, the first album, follows the debut...

The Nectarine No 9 – Received, Transgressed and Transmitted


If you opened a dictionary at random and threw darts at it you might well come up with The Nectarine No 9 as the name...