Album Reviews
Brassy - Got It Made

Brassy – Got It Made

by Michael Hubbard

Finally! The word “anticipated” is an understatement when applied to this, the debut album from Brassy. How long have we waited?? Anyway, finally it is…



Mojave 3 – Excuses For Travellers

by Michael Hubbard

From the opening track onwards, Excuses For Travellers, Mojave 3’s third album, worked its way into my soul, almost seeped it’s way in there. By...

Black Box Recorder @ Union Chapel, London

by Michael Hubbard

Black Box Recorder must like the Union Chapel. This is the second time in less than a year they’ve played here, having supported Smog in...

Mojave 3 @ Dingwalls, London

by Michael Hubbard

Quiet, reflective acoustic music came to Camden, with Neil Halstead and his Mojave 3 bandmates wending their way through a set list of old and...

Paleday @ Water Rats, London

by Chris Linosi

Surprises DO happen. Walking towards the Water Rats in Kings Cross last Tuesday, it suddenly struck me how truly awful the pop music scene has...

Goran Bregovic @ Barbican, London

by Sabina Nenkova

“Goran Bregovic is playing the Barbican,” I was told. I was not quite sure if that would be the same Goran I’d heard of years...

Ute Lemper @ Royal Festival Hall, London

by Chris Linosi

One must surely wonder whether Ute Lemper feels angry towards Germany, considering the amount of times she criticised her native country. I’m sure, however, that...

Black Box Recorder – The Facts Of Life

by Michael Hubbard

As an experiment in corrupting teenagers, Black Box Recorder‘s second album, The Facts Of Life, works remarkably well. It features songs with sounds and arrangements...

Ute Lemper – Punishing Kiss

by Fiona Thorne

Nick Cave‘s opener Little Water Song is a hauntingly beautiful piece – the last thoughts of a girl as she is drowned by her lover...

David Gray – White Ladder

by Michael Hubbard

The success of David Gray‘s White Ladder has at least in part been due to word of mouth. So many people have bought it and...

Max Tundra – Some Best Friend You Turned Out To Be

by Michael Hubbard

Max Tundra, a minutely-framed chap also known as Ben Jacobs, has released his second album of experimental electronica. No longer with Warp Records, he now...

Black Box Recorder @ Underworld, London

by Michael Hubbard

I can’t think of anyone else who has managed to get three record deals (with Hut, Chrysalis and Nude), always two concurrently, for the same...

South – From Here On In

by Michael Hubbard

Baggy, BritPop, BritRock, Grunge, Electronica – dead, aren’t they? Think again. South’s debut album, From Here On In, restores one’s faith in the waning star...

Cane 141 – Garden Tiger Moth

by Michael Hubbard

This first release from Decor Records (we assume, as we have no press release to say otherwise) is from some Galway chaps collectively known as...

Hefner – We Love The City

by Michael Hubbard

They don’t, you know. They positively hate the city, the city in question being London. But this is a fun album, from start to finish,...

William Orbit – Pieces In A Modern Style

by Michael Hubbard

William Orbit might be well known as a megastar producer, the man who gave us Blur‘s 13 and Madonna‘s Ray Of Light. But this solo...

Linus @ The 12 Bar

by Michael Hubbard

Out of five bands in the 12 Bar on this freezing December evening, Linus were the most mentionable, but not always for the best reasons....

Ani DiFranco @ Forum, London

by Michael Hubbard

This was to be my third audience with Ani DiFranco, but I’d not seen her for two years, during which time she’d released another basket-load...

Sparks @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

by Michael Hubbard

“They’re a bit like Kraftwerk,” someone told me prior to this gig. This was just before the idiosyncratic American brothers Mael and their percussive accomplice...

Ani DiFranco – To The Teeth

by Michael Hubbard

She’s back. Well, it isn’t as if she ever left; Ani DiFranco has been regularly releasing two folksy-rootsy offerings per year for some time now....

The Auteurs @ Quad, London

by Michael Hubbard

The Auteurs were not the next act on after their support band. Whistler, an intriguing mix of Beth Orton and Belle and Sebastian live, finished...