Reviews Index

Tram – A Kind Of Closure

by John Murphy

One look at the tracklisting of this, the third album from London based Tram, would make it clear that they don’t deal in shiny, happy…



Jack – The End Of The Way It’s Always Been


Followers of Jack know there are many facets to Anthony Reynolds: vocalist, poetic lyricist, frontman and co-founder of the band – with the versatile Matthew...

Natalia M King – Milagro


Jazz, it has to be admitted, is pretty unfashionable at the moment. Sure,your mum and dad put on a bit of Ella and Louis from...

Four Tet – Rounds


Kieran Hebden has certainly been around the block for one so young. He started playing guitar for Fridge in his mid-teens and toured with them...

The Hives @ Brixton Academy, London


With support from the likes of up and coming funkpunk all-stars and labelmates The Bellrays, The Buff Medways (guitar and vocals courtesy of Billy Childish)...

Lambchop @ Arts Centre, Warwick


Poor Thomas Hansen. Though once a postman, the man whocalls himself St Thomas now has a better, but morethankless job. Tonight, he played lovely songs,...

Bryan Ferry – Frantic


Frantic is a curious album on first hearing. One could almost accuse Bryan Ferry of being so frantic to get some new original material out...

Edwyn Collins – Doctor Syntax


Edwyn Collins seems to have hung round the peripheries of pop success for nigh on twenty years now. Despite writing a bona fide Eighties classic...

Kasey Chambers – Barricades and Brickwalls


Are Australians allowed to not only do country music but be good at it? It seems so, where Kasey Chambers is concerned. The songstress’s second...

Doves – The Last Broadcast


The debut album from Doves, Lost Souls, caused paroxysms of excitement when it was released a couple of years ago. An epic slice of brooding...

Idlewild @ Anson Rooms, Bristol


Ever since their early days, Idlewild have had a ferocious live reputation. Whether it be playing a couple of hundred people in a dingy club...

Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot


The road to release was thick with brambles and pitfalls for Wilco’s fourth album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. The band’s label, Reprise, condemned the record as...

Aurora – Aurora


Remember the single Ordinary World? It went top 5 in the UK in the autumn of 2000 and was the second single by Aurora. Earlier...

Paul McCartney @ Earl’s Court, London


The word legendary is often overused, but can be the only word to truly sum up one of the two surviving ex-Beatles. Reaching London on...

The Dear Janes – Skirt


Two ladies of unconventional appearance triumph over adversity and release their third album, Skirt, on their own label. Stuff of legend? Well, no. Despite being...

Damon Albarn, Afel Bocoum et al – Mali Music


You can say what you like about Damon Albarn, but nobody can accuse of him of being lazy. As well as the still ongoing concern...

Lorien – Under The Waves


First things first. Lorien are named after the forest in which dwell the elves in The Lord of the Rings. My original worry therefore had...

David Mead @ Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick


As people walked into the Studio Theatre in theWarwick Arts Centre, Nick Drake‘s magnificent albumBryter Layter was playing over the PA system. Ifthere was ever...

Luke Slater @ 93 Feet East, London


If you’d asked me what electronic acts are like live before this gig, I would have sided with majority opinion and said, with one or...

Badly Drawn Boy – About A Boy


Film soundtracks are usually a rum old affair. Record companies long ago figured out that if they packed the soundtrack with old hits and cover...

The Bluetones – The Singles


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...