Album Reviews

His Name Is Alive – Last Night

by John Murphy

Say 4AD to most people and one of two types of bands are usuallymentioned. Either wispy and ethereal, such as the Cocteau Twins, orpunky and…



Bryan Ferry @ Olympia, Paris

by Talia Soghomonian

“It’s quite nerve-wracking to open up for Bryan Ferry.” Rosie Thomas has stage fright. No, it’s more like audience fright. The audience doesn’t bite, Rosie....

Peter Gabriel @ La Mutualité, Paris

by Talia Soghomonian

The man has aged. Even Mick Jagger looks pretty much the same as he did 10 years ago. A shaved head and a snow-white goatee...

Oasis @ Zenith, Paris

by Talia Soghomonian

This is the rock’n’roll version of a Man United match. It must be the red t-shirts and the English accents, but when I spot the...

Unity Hi-Power – Watch How The People Dancing

by John Power

In order to understand what this record is about, it is first of all necessary to sketch in brief the history of reggae music in...

The Shining – True Skies

by John Power

It’s simple really, if you’re gonna steal, steal from the best and then just make sure you’ve got the balls to front it out. Kicking...

Komputer – Market Led

by Dave Postolowsky

Komputer are North London beat merchants Simon Leonard andDavid Baker. Their band name is very appropriate given that their musicrevolves around the manipulation of complex...

Paul Weller – Illumination

by John Murphy

It had seemed as if the so-called Godfather of Britpop’s halo had slipped in recent times. After the triumphant comeback of Wild Wood and Stanley...

John Squire – Time Changes Everything

by Simon Evans

There’s only so long you can live off your reputation, and the reservoir of goodwill that the first, epoch-making, Stone Roses album created for John...

Underworld – A Hundred Days Off

by Simon Evans

You could sense the knives being sharpened as Underworld limbered up for their fourth album (fifth if you include the rather patchy live set of...

Lifehouse – Stanley Climbfall

by Vik Bansal

Before asking “Lifehouse who?” it is worth noting that this band had the most played single on US radio last year with Hanging By A...

Kraftwerk @ Cité de la Musique, Paris

by Talia Soghomonian

“Transformers, more than meets the eye/Transformers, robots in diguise.” The jingle to the Transformer toy rings more like a publicity jingle for Kraftwerk. The legendary electronica...

Ash – Intergalactic Sonic 7s”

by Michael Hubbard

As career retrospectives go, this one stands out like a lighthouse in a stormy night. First off, the band’s main songwriter was only born 25...

Karsh Kale – Redesign Realize Remixed

by John Power

The remix album – money for old rope or a genuine attempt to deconstructand redefine an existing body of work? A bit more of the...

Karsh Kale – Realize

by John Power

Stunning, revolutionary, cutting edge are all words that would have described Karsh Kale’s debut solo album Realize – had it been released eight years ago....

Caroline Lavelle – Brilliant Midnight

by John Murphy

Caroline Lavelle certainly couldn’t be classed as an overnight sensation. After working with a veritable who’s who of the British music industry (including Radiohead, The...

Mr Scruff – Trouser Jazz

by John Power

With his second album ‘Keep It Unreal’ Stockport’s Mr Scruff wascatapulted from the murky backrooms of Manchester’s club scene onto a globalstage, it’s eclectic mix...

The Music – The Music

by Sarah McDonnell

The trouble with being hyped is that you then have to more than live up to it to survive the inevitable backlash. It’s a precarious...

Nightmares On Wax – Mind Elevation

by musicOMH

When Nightmares On Wax first emerged into Sheffield’s early nineties bleep and bass scene with the rave classics Dextrous and Aftermath few would have predicted...

The New Tellers – Red Songs

by Rob Jackson

It’s always encouraging to see bands forging ahead with what they believe in, regardless of the fact that they may not be based where the...

Spunge – The Story So Far

by Sam Shepherd

Hailing from Tewksbury, [Spunge] have garnered themselves something of a reputation on the live circuit with their blistering shows. The live arena is certainly where...