Album Reviews

Radio 4 – Gotham

by Vik Bansal

What’s this? Yet another hyped band from “Noo” York with an album that, for the first thirty seconds, sounds like it was recorded in a…



Gus Gus – Attention

by Daniel Mumford

This is Gus Gus‘ fourth album, but their first for Underwater. Listening to this collection of synth pop, chunky danceable house and ambient electronica it...

Various – 1 Love

by Daniel Mumford

Seven years ago the charity War Child released the Help album. The proceeds were donated to the War Child charity. The album itself drew on...

The Delgados – Hate

by John Murphy

The Delgados are one of those bands whom critics tend to treat with unashamed fawning, while the majority of the record buying public seem unaware...

Ben Folds – Live

by Graham Smith

Following Ben Folds Five‘s split and Ben’s first solo album, this live album might be dismissed as a stopgap to keep his considerable fanbase happy...

Michael J Sheehy – No Longer My Concern

by Dave Postolowsky

Michael J Sheehy is hardly the most well known musician around.Low profile is probably the best way of describing his public image. And therelease of...

The Datsuns – The Datsuns

by Rob Jackson

Not since the likes of AC/DC and Deep Purple has rock music been so cool. Hailing from small town New Zealand, The Datsuns are four blokes who...

Will Young – From Now On

by Michael Osborn

When toothy-smiled Will Young won the long-running battle to find the nation’s Pop Idol, a ripple of surprise briefly touched the nation. Teenager Gareth Gates,...

Hoggboy – or 8?

by Michael Hubbard

There’s certainly a Sheffield connection going on with this band. Their first three singles were all produced by Richard Hawley, lately a sixth member of...

Saint Etienne – Finisterre

by Sam Shepherd

Six albums in and Saint Etienne show no signs of giving up on their lounge-core disco sound. Critics have always found it easy to write...

Fatboy Slim – Big Beach Boutique 2

by Dave Postolowsky

Lord of the Dance Fatboy Slim returns with the key tracksfrom July’s unbelievably riotous Big Beach Boutique 2, the epic tabloidbothering jamboree that attracted about...

The Wildhearts @ Coal Exchange, Cardiff

by Rob Jackson

There are some people who are just destined for greatness, and despite the fighting, the drinking and the drug abuse, The Wildhearts are just such...

The Blood Brothers @ The Monarch

by Nadeem Ali

How extreme can music get before it turns into a spazzed out rhythmically challenged mess that is heralded as the Next Big Thing? The Blood...

Squarepusher – Do You Know Squarepusher

by John Power

Not so much an album as a statement of intent, a blueprint for aspiring bedroom producers to copy and ultimately fall short of, ‘Do You...

Supergrass – Life On Other Planets

by Michael Osborn

If the title of Supergrass’s new album is anything to go by, the band have been on a very long journey in the three years...

Deadly Avenger – Deep Red

by Dave Postolowsky

Damon Baxter, aka Deadly Avenger is a talentedman. Correction, make that a very talented man. For the Illicit Records’boss and in demand DJ has just...

Miguel Migs – Colorful You

by John Murphy

San Francisco’s Miguel Migs has been steadily building up a reputation for himself over the last few years. As well as remixing the likes of...

Aqualung – Aqualung

by Dave Postolowsky

Aqualung’s Matt Hales is no accidental musician. A childhoodprodigy, he was writing songs by the age of 4 (!), at 16 he was awarded ascholarship...

T-Love – Long Way Back

by Sarah McDonnell

It’s a long running trend that as soon as pop artists gain chart success,they immediately go in search of someone cool and credible to boost...

The Only Blip Hop Record You…

by Sarah McDonnell

Ah, the coinage of a new genre, very clever. So what is blip hop exactly?If this album is anything to go by, it’s the type...

Turin Brakes @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

by Natasha Meaney

South London melody makers Turin Brakes have ditched their band for a keyboard-playing Texan, a Jesus lookalike called Dave Palmer, and are delivering an acoustic...