Album Reviews

Edwyn Collins – Doctor Syntax

by John Murphy

Edwyn Collins seems to have hung round the peripheries of pop success for nigh on twenty years now. Despite writing a bona fide Eighties classic…



Kasey Chambers – Barricades and Brickwalls

by Michael Hubbard

Are Australians allowed to not only do country music but be good at it? It seems so, where Kasey Chambers is concerned. The songstress’s second...

Doves – The Last Broadcast

by John Murphy

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...

Idlewild @ Anson Rooms, Bristol

by Rob Jackson

Ever since their early days, Idlewild have had a ferocious live reputation. Whether it be playing a couple of hundred people in a dingy club...

Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

by Andrew Burgess

The road to release was thick with brambles and pitfalls for Wilco’s fourth album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. The band’s label, Reprise, condemned the record as...

Aurora – Aurora

by Michael Hubbard

Remember the single Ordinary World? It went top 5 in the UK in the autumn of 2000 and was the second single by Aurora. Earlier...

Paul McCartney @ Earl’s Court, London

by Paul Woloszyn

The word legendary is often overused, but can be the only word to truly sum up one of the two surviving ex-Beatles. Reaching London on...

Lorien – Under The Waves

by John Power

First things first. Lorien are named after the forest in which dwell the elves in The Lord of the Rings. My original worry therefore had...

The Dear Janes – Skirt

by Michael Hubbard

Two ladies of unconventional appearance triumph over adversity and release their third album, Skirt, on their own label. Stuff of legend? Well, no. Despite being...

Damon Albarn, Afel Bocoum et al – Mali Music

by John Murphy

You can say what you like about Damon Albarn, but nobody can accuse of him of being lazy. As well as the still ongoing concern...

David Mead @ Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick

by Nick Dawson

As people walked into the Studio Theatre in theWarwick Arts Centre, Nick Drake‘s magnificent albumBryter Layter was playing over the PA system. Ifthere was ever...

Luke Slater @ 93 Feet East, London

by musicOMH

If you’d asked me what electronic acts are like live before this gig, I would have sided with majority opinion and said, with one or...

Badly Drawn Boy – About A Boy

by John Murphy

Film soundtracks are usually a rum old affair. Record companies long ago figured out that if they packed the soundtrack with old hits and cover...

The Bluetones – The Singles

by Michael Hubbard

Peaking with a chart-topping album in the latter part of Britpop’s heyday, The Bluetones were assured of success. Just as they topped the charts they...

Luke Slater – Alright On Top

by musicOMH

Remember how new electropop sounded when we first heard it? In the capable hands of Kraftwerk and Suicide a whole breed of keyboards and other...

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Plastic Fang

by Nick Dawson

The cover of the new Jon Spencer Blues Explosion album has three images onit. One is a sketch of a fearful, wide-eyed woman, another a...

Thaw – Holy Cat

by John Murphy

Thaw are the latest offshoot of Loop Guru, the London based global fusion duo whose name has become synonymous with Summer festivals and blissed out...

Darren Hayes – Spin

by Michael Hubbard

Australian popsters Savage Garden, one of pop’s most successful duos in recent times, have split up. Daniel has retreated to his studio to write and...

Soft Cell – The Very Best Of

by Michael Hubbard

Trips down Memory Lane are not always pleasant experiences. But, as reminders of what went before, the record industry’s equivalent – the “best of” album...

Belle and Sebastian @ Usher Hall, Edinburgh

by Robin Lee

“I think they’re still looking for the treasure in Manchester…” Belle and Sebastian, the fan-friendly Brit Award-winning not-so-superstars are in Edinburgh, playing the last of...

Pete Yorn – Music For The Morning After

by David Rafaello

Eight years on from the death of Kurt Cobain and the eternally unrealisedpromise of Unplugged in New York, some young American musicians stilladdress imaginatively the...