Album Reviews
Bis – Music For A Stranger World

Bis – Music For A Stranger World

by Michael Hubbard

Remember the 1980s? A different century, so they were. The bands at the top of the charts included the likes of Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran,…



Jacques – To Stars

by musicOMH

Anthony Reynolds may not be a name you’ve heard of before. Being resolutely indie in his outlook, he seems not to have actively courted fame,...

Paul van Dyk – Out There And Back

by Michael Hubbard

The music technology practitioner’s bible, EQ, claims that everything Paul van Dyk touches turns to gold and it is easy to understand this when you...

The Prayer Boat – Polichinelle

by Michael Hubbard

Something of a surprise, this first mass-release effort from Ireland’s Emmett Tinley and his band. Lots of bands at this stage of their musical shelf-life...

Saint Etienne @ Forum, London

by Helen Wright

If the crowd at the Forum and recent press reports are anything to go by, a lot of people out there think Saint Etienne are...

Brassy @ Garage, London

by Michael Hubbard

Who were those strange people in the very tall hats and very short… shorts? When The Garage’s doors finally opened and when nearly everyone had...

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...

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...

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...

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,...