Reviews Index

Gemma Hayes – Night On My Side

by Nick Dawson

Gemma Hayes’ debut album arrives with most of the music-buying public not knowing who she is. In a way, this is to her advantage, as…



Gary Numan – Exposure


There isn’t an electropop top 10 going that doesn’t include Gary Numan somewhere in it. Songs like Cars and Are Friends Electric? firmly established him...

Tetra Splendour – Splendid Animation


Originally hailing from Porthcawl in South Wales, Tetra Splendour have set about creating an album that reflects their need to break away from small town...

Antihero + Miss Black America @ The Dublin Castle, London


I love the idea of seedy bars with low ceilings and smoky air, cigarettesand alcohol. It’s my perfect habitat. The Dublin Castle is just like...

Van Morrison – Down The Road


One of several old duffers who still push out records now and again (see also Dr John, Elvis Costello and Bob Dylan), Van Morrison’s effective...

Jeff Martin – Still


With flowing beats and rhythmic guitar, Still is simple but efficiently produced, capturing the natural reverberation expertly. The soft flow of rhythm makes you drift...

Goldfinger @ Garage, London


I have to start this off with an admission. I am a fan of Goldfinger and have been this sorry way for about three years....

Moby – 18


For a man with an intriguingly eccentric career path, Play was manna from Heaven. Not only did it sound interesting in a chilled-out, accessible way,...

Number One Son @ Barfly, Cardiff


As talk of the long awaited renaissance of UK metal rumbles on, two more preachers from the British church of noise are on the road...

The Crescent @ Barfly, London


Take a simple musical format, add the dynamics only achieved through the ease and familiarity of childhood friendships, triumph through adversity and you have The...

Doves @ Pyramid Centre, Portsmouth


There’s nothing more endearing than a little humility from a current headlining band in these days of ego-driven and media-fuelled endorsement of average indie rock....

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...

The (International) Noise Conspiracy @ Garage, London


After surviving for nearly twenty years on the sparse musical heritageprovided by Ace of Base and the odd death metal outfit (well, since the demise...

LTJ Bukem – Producer Vol 5


DJ, label boss, club night visionary, musical entrepreneur, standard bearer. For well over ten years now, Danny Williamson has been at the forefront of the...

Tram – A Kind Of Closure


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...

Fischerspooner – #1 (Studio)


Fresh from signing a reported $2 million, one albumrecord deal with Ministry OfSound, Fischerspooner are sure to be everywhere thissummer, which is why it makes...

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...

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,...

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...