Reviews Index

Ugly Duckling – Journey To Anywhere

by Michael Hubbard

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…



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...

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds @ Brixton Academy


Fans of Nick Cave overheard at the rather different venue of The Royal Festival Hall the previous evening were worried that their Prince of Darkness...

Total Meltdown @ The Royal Festival Hall


Bringing together past directors of Meltdown before this year’s Meltdown Festival kicks off, Total Meltdown was part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the Royal...

Buena Vista Social Club @ Laugardalshöllin, Reykjavik


The legend that is the Buena Vista Social Club goes on. The original album by these veteran Cuban musicians has been for some time the...

Natacha Atlas – Ayeshteni


After a hectic 1999, which saw Natacha Atlas win the Best Female award at France’s equivalent of the BRITs, sell 100,000 albums and have a...

Violet Indiana – Roulette


Robin Guthrie of The Cocteau Twins and Siobhan de Mar� (Mono) create dreamy, wistful soundscapes as Violet Indiana. Roulette, the first album, follows the debut...

The Nectarine No 9 – Received, Transgressed and Transmitted


If you opened a dictionary at random and threw darts at it you might well come up with The Nectarine No 9 as the name...

Kristin Hersh @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London


The first surprise was the ticket, which declared that we had downstairs reserved seats. This was the Shepherd’s Bush Empire and, as everyone knows, it...

Natacha Atlas @ Union Chapel, London


Before we launch headlong into Natacha worshipping around here, let us spare a few words for her support act; I’ve no idea what they were...

Ash – Free All Angels


The band for whom the words ‘power pop’ could have been invented return after an 18 month absence. While the debut album 1977 had its...

Eliza Carthy @ Dingwalls, London


She’s got blue hair, luv. Eliza Carthy has more than that of course, starting with stage presence. A folky lady from northern climes, she comes...

Lupine Howl – The Carnivorous Lunar Activities Of Lupine Howl


The Carnivorous Lunar Activities Of Lupine Howl is the debut album from Sean Cook and Michael Mooney, refugees from Spiritualized both. It is a curious...

Richard Hawley – Richard Hawley


Richard Hawley – who he? Well, he’s played with Pulp, Robbie Williams and Finlay Quayle. He was one of The Longpigs. He has a voice...

Ani DiFranco – Revelling/Reckoning


The self-styled “lil folk singer” seemed to have lost her way with her last two albums. While Up Up Up Up Up Up and To...

Aimee Mann – Bachelor No 2


Strange as it may seem, this third album from Boston singer/songwriter Aimee Mann was originally rejected by her record company Interscope for being “not commercially...

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – No More Shall We Part


Nick Cave is a strange and fascinating person. Some of his early work is murderously harsh, yet The Boatman’s Call (1997) is perhaps one of...

Mclusky – Mclusky Do Dallas


Short and catchy punk anthems are the order of the day on Mclusky’s debut album, ‘Mclusky Do Dallas’. This band are perfectors of driving, energetic,...

Iron Maiden – Rock In Rio


Apparently the age-old art of rock’n’roll never dies. For those that weren’t there the first time round for whatever reason or any hardcore fans out...

Pony Club – Home Truths


Mark Cullen, the creative force behind Pony Club, releases his debut album ‘Home Truths’ on 25th March. It’s a decent enough effort from the Irish...

Starsailor @ Lomax, Liverpool


This isn’t another New Acoustic band. Starsailor are far too exciting for that. Saying that they’re the band “most likely to do a Coldplay” is...