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Black Box Recorder - The Facts Of Life

Black Box Recorder – The Facts Of Life

by Michael Hubbard

As an experiment in corrupting teenagers, Black Box Recorder’s second album, The Facts Of Life, works remarkably well. It features songs with sounds and arrangements…



Ute Lemper – Punishing Kiss


Nick Cave‘s opener Little Water Song is a hauntingly beautiful piece – the last thoughts of a girl as she is drowned by her lover...

David Gray – White Ladder


The success of David Gray‘s White Ladder has at least in part been due to word of mouth. So many people have bought it and...

Max Tundra – Some Best Friend You Turned Out To Be


Max Tundra, a minutely-framed chap also known as Ben Jacobs, has released his second album of experimental electronica. No longer with Warp Records, he now...

Black Box Recorder @ Underworld, London


I can’t think of anyone else who has managed to get three record deals (with Hut, Chrysalis and Nude), always two concurrently, for the same...

South – From Here On In


Baggy, BritPop, BritRock, Grunge, Electronica – dead, aren’t they? Think again. South’s debut album, From Here On In, restores one’s faith in the waning star...

Cane 141 – Garden Tiger Moth


This first release from Decor Records (we assume, as we have no press release to say otherwise) is from some Galway chappies collectively known as...

Hefner – We Love The City


They don’t, you know. They positively hate the city, the city in question being London. But this is a fun album, from start to finish,...

William Orbit – Pieces In A Modern Style


William Orbit might be well known as a megastar producer, the man who gave us Blur‘s 13 and Madonna‘s Ray Of Light. But this solo...

Linus @ The 12 Bar


Out of five bands in the 12 Bar on this freezing December evening, Linus were the most mentionable, but not always for the best reasons....

Ani DiFranco @ Forum, London


This was to be my third audience with Ani DiFranco, but I’d not seen her for two years, during which time she’d released another basket-load...

Sparks @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London


“They’re a bit like Kraftwerk,” someone told me prior to this gig. This was just before the idiosyncratic American brothers Mael and their percussive accomplice...

Ani DiFranco – To The Teeth


She’s back. Well, it isn’t as if she ever left; Ani DiFranco has been regularly releasing two folksy-rootsy offerings per year for some time now....

The Auteurs @ Quad, London


The Auteurs were not the next act on after their support band. Whistler, an intriguing mix of Beth Orton and Belle and Sebastian live, finished...

Venini @ Wag Club, London


Imagine that you are on the set of a movie. Just for a moment, assume that the star is Mike Myers and that the costume...

The Frank And Walters @ Borderline, London


The Frank And Walters’ latest album Beauty Becomes More Than Life appeared in shops in July of this year. It is now September and here...

Brassy @ Borderline, London


“I said B to the R to the A to the S to the S to the Y!” … I’m not into hip-hop and am...

The Divine Comedy – A Secret History


This is an album that symbolises the parting of the ways between The Divine Comedy and Setanta Records. The band are presently recording material for...

Venini @ The Reading Festival


Silt, who had all but caused a riot at midday in the Carling Premier Tent at the Carling Premier Weekend while drinking Carling Premier, finally...

Black Box Recorder @ Union Chapel, London


I first heard of Black Box Recorder because of The Auteurs, and I suppose I’m not alone. That band’s front man, Luke Haines, co-wrote all...

Venini @ The Bar Fly


If anyone should be under the impression that Venini’s following would include a sizeable portion of Pulp fans, all excited about seeing ex-Pulp guitarist and...