Reviews Index

Madredeus @ Royal Festival Hall

by Helen Wright

Not speaking a word of Portuguese (and having only the haziest idea of what fado is, other than Portuguese and traditional) is perhaps not the…



Alpinestars – White Noise


Snow Patrol marked the start of Richard Woolgar and Glyn Thomas’s serious assault on stardom, following a clutch of EPs and a limited release LP....

Appliance – Imperial Metric


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...

Travis – The Invisible Band


It’s strange to think that when Travis first appeared with their Good Feeling album, they were dismissed as nothing other than second rate Radiohead copyists....

Nitin Sawhney – Prophesy


Beyond Skin, Nitin Sawhney’s last album, firmly established him as a commercial success as well as one of the most critically acclaimed artists around. The...

Lift to Experience + Biffy Clyro @ Water Rats


Tonight held a pleasant surprise and a delectable trauma: the unpublicised appearance of Biffy Clyro playing support to the mightiest band ever to emerge from...

Mark Lanegan – Field Songs


Mark Lanegan is best known for his years as the vocalist for the Screaming Trees. However he’s also been building a following for the last...

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...

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...


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...

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...

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...

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...