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Coldplay - Parachutes

Coldplay – Parachutes

by Michael Hubbard

Rarely have guitars sounded smoother. This Coldplay album sits somewhere between the serene perfection of The Prayer Boat‘s Polichinelle and a Radiohead acoustic set, and…



Ian Astbury – Spirit, Light, Speed


What would happen, have you ever wondered, if Tim Curry in Frank’n’Furter garb were to be genetically fused at the voice box with Cilla Black?...

Badly Drawn Boy – The Hour Of Bewilderbeast


A long time coming, this debut album from Badly Drawn Boy. Once Around The Block was released to a pleased assemblage of critics last year...

Bis – Music For A Stranger World


Remember the 1980s? A different century, so they were. The bands at the top of the charts included the likes of Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran,...

Paul van Dyk – Out There And Back


The music technology practitioner’s bible, EQ, claims that everything Paul van Dyk touches turns to gold and it is easy to understand this when you...

The Prayer Boat – Polichinelle


Something of a surprise, this first mass-release effort from Ireland’s Emmett Tinley and his band. Lots of bands at this stage of their musical shelf-life...

Jacques – To Stars


Anthony Reynolds may not be a name you’ve heard of before. Being resolutely indie in his outlook, he seems not to have actively courted fame,...

Saint Etienne @ Forum, London


If the crowd at the Forum and recent press reports are anything to go by, a lot of people out there think Saint Etienne are...

Brassy @ Garage, London


Who were those strange people in the very tall hats and very short… shorts? When The Garage’s doors finally opened and when nearly everyone had...

Brassy – Got It Made


Finally! The word “anticipated” is an understatement when applied to this, the debut album from Brassy. How long have we waited?? Anyway, finally it is...

Black Box Recorder @ Union Chapel, London


Black Box Recorder must like the Union Chapel. This is the second time in less than a year they’ve played here, having supported Smog in...

Mojave 3 – Excuses For Travellers


From the opening track onwards, Excuses For Travellers, Mojave 3’s third album, worked its way into my soul, almost seeped it’s way in there. By...

Mojave 3 @ Dingwalls, London


Quiet, reflective acoustic music came to Camden, with Neil Halstead and his Mojave 3 bandmates wending their way through a set list of old and...

Paleday @ Water Rats, London


Surprises DO happen. Walking towards the Water Rats in Kings Cross last Tuesday, it suddenly struck me how truly awful the pop music scene has...

Goran Bregovic @ Barbican, London


“Goran Bregovic is playing the Barbican,” I was told. I was not quite sure if that would be the same Goran I’d heard of years...

Ute Lemper @ Royal Festival Hall, London


One must surely wonder whether Ute Lemper feels angry towards Germany, considering the amount of times she criticised her native country. I’m sure, however, that...

Black Box Recorder – The Facts Of Life


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...