Album Reviews

Ben Kweller – Sha Sha

by Michael Hubbard

It is with some disbelief that we read of Sha Sha being 20-year-old Ben Kweller’s debut album, for from end to end this sounds like…



Baha Men – Move It Like This

by Michael Hubbard

Let’s get one thing clear. Baha Men are not a new phenomenon. They’ve won a Grammy. Who Let The Dogs Out took the novelty record...

The Devils – Dark Circles

by Rob Jackson

Every now and again in music you get a blast from the past. The surprise return of someone that, in their own time, was a...

Wilt – My Medicine

by Michael Hubbard

An album that starts with a song as instantly memorable and full of hooks as Distortion has a lot in its favour early on. They...

The Shining @ T in the Park, Balado, Kinross

by Claire Simpson

Bassists rarely find themselves in the spotlight. Yet bass player Simon Jones, previously of The Verve, along with rhythm guitarist Simon Tong, of the same...

Iggy Pop @ Brixton Academy, London

by Rose Dennen

A man leaps onto the stage at Brixton Academy without fanfare. Lightsdim, the crowd screams and Iggy Pop is with us. The first couple of...

Easyworld @ Underworld

by Sarah McDonnell

Tonight’s bill is absolutely band-packed full with artists on Easyworld’s former indie label Fierce Panda, giving the punters more new music than they could have...

Eileen Rose @ Borderline, London

by Michael Hubbard

Being signed to the same record label as The Strokes can’t harm anyone right now, especially someone as talented as Eileen Rose. She may look...

Wyclef Jean – Masquerade

by Simon Evans

The creative force behind The Fugees, Wyclef Jean’s two solo albums to date, Carnival (1997) and The Ecleftic (2000), were rich aural tapestries reflecting the...

The Vines – Highly Evolved

by Nick Dawson

In the 19th Century, Brits thought it was a very clever idea to send all those petty criminals to Botany Bay so they weren’t a...

Oasis @ Finsbury Park, London

by Claire Simpson

Liking Oasis stopped being fashionable a long time ago. Criticisms of the band are now as recycled as Noel Gallagher’s three-chord anthems from the Status...

The Bellrays @ Metro

by Rose Dennen

I’m already extremely pissed and, after the day I’ve had, I’m not really in themood for any “malarky”. Unfortunately the first band up are The...

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club @ Underworld, London

by Sarah McDonnell

There’s more than a hint of excitement running through tonight’s audience at the Underworld, as BRMC play a packed warm-up gig on the eve of...

David Byrne @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

by Michael Osborn

This concert was one of those occasions when died-in-the-wool fans packed the venue from the floor to the rafters. Just one problem, though – I...

Oasis – Heathen Chemistry

by Simon Evans

Love or loathe Oasis, at their Britpop peak they helped make pop songs important and exciting again. With (What’s The Story) Morning Glory, the band’s...

DJ Tiesto – In My Memory

by John Murphy

Widely tipped as the next “superstar DJ” to make that leap from the clubs to the charts, DJ Tiesto, aka Tijs Verwest, has been making...

Belly – Sweet Ride: The Best Of

by John Murphy

One of the more welcome surprises of 2002 has been the re-emergence of Tanya Donelly with her excellent album Beautysleep. Listening to that album brought...

Roger Waters @ Wembley Arena

by Michaela Whitton

For a man who is knowingly hostile towards performing at football stadiums, Roger Waters appears comfortable at this impressively shabby venue. An undoubtedly influential figurehead...

Goldrush @ Underworld

by Sarah McDonnell

There’s been a buzz about Goldrush ever since they were signed to Virgin, allegedly for a six figure sum, last year. And with the release...

Looper – The Snare

by Rob Jackson

“> If ever there was an example of someone trying to be far too clever for their own good, Stuart David and his latest offering...

Lord Kitchener – London Is The Place For Me

by Michael Hubbard

In times before R&B, reggae, or even ska, the soundtrack of black Britain was calypso. Far from being imported from the Caribbean into newly-arrived immigrant...