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Andrew Lockwood's Top 10 Albums Of 2015

Andrew Lockwood's Top 10 Albums Of 2015

10. Belle & Sebastian - 'Girls In Peacetime'. A glorious return to top form for Belle & Sebastian. 'Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance' contains all the bands trade mark signatures as well as introducing...

News posted in Music / Festivals on 22nd December 2015

Emilie & Ogden - 10,000 Album Review

Emilie & Ogden - 10,000 Album Review

It may be somewhat of a cliché, as most of the protagonists concerned have delicate voices, but it is getting increasingly difficult to get heard in the elfin department. Ethereal vocals, tiny voices, minimalist arrangements,...

Review posted on 4th December 2015

Rob Bravery - Esque Album Review

Rob Bravery - Esque Album Review

Rob Bravery's album 'Esque' is as articulate and adroit introduction to an artist you'll likely to hear in 2016. The full length debut from the Bristolian is a collection of 11 skilfully composed and arranged...

Review posted on 4th December 2015

Will Varley - Postcards From Ursa Minor Album Review

Will Varley - Postcards From Ursa Minor Album Review

It's been almost two years since Will Varley's last album 'As The Crow Flies', and more than four from his stunning debut release, 'Advert Soundtracks'. In the ensuing years, it's safe to say that Will...

Review posted on 20th October 2015

Girl Band - Holding Hands With Jamie Album Review

Girl Band - Holding Hands With Jamie Album Review

A great pop song can have you singing along and tapping your toes almost instantaneously. A good folk song can stir your emotions, a fantastic dance track have you skipping towards the floor by the...

Review posted on 19th October 2015

John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure Album Review

John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure Album Review

After setting the bar higher than any of his contemporaries with his first two solo albums, 'Queen Of Denmark' and 'Pale Green Ghosts', former Czars man John Grant returns with his third solo album proper....

Review posted on 7th October 2015

Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon Album Review

Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon Album Review

In this somewhat sanctimonious and cynical world in which we live, where everything is analysed to the Nth degree and there is more time spent looking at flaws and faults than achievement and artistry, it...

Review posted on 2nd October 2015

Helena Hauff - Discreet Desires Album Review

Helena Hauff - Discreet Desires Album Review

'Discreet Desires', the debut album from Helena Hauff out now on Ninja Tune, was never going to be perfect. 'Perfection doesn't really exist... only death is perfect', explains Helena. That said, you'd like to think...

Review posted on 23rd September 2015

Morly - In Defense Of My Muse EP Review

Morly - In Defense Of My Muse EP Review

The debut EP, 'In Defense Of My Muse', by Morly is a fragile and delicate four piece set of carefully constructed soundscapes that are both intriguing and delightful in equal measure. Each track builds on...

Review posted on 21st September 2015

Micachu & The Shapes - Good Sad Happy Bad Album Review

Micachu & The Shapes - Good Sad Happy Bad Album Review

I admit that I am not a creative genius, my ability to paint an inspirational piece of art or craft a beautiful song are about as good as Katie Hopkins' ability to keep her opinions...

Review posted on 21st September 2015

Painted Palms - Horizons Album Review

Painted Palms - Horizons Album Review

Given the choice, and time permitting, I would rather take the PCH than the interstate every time. There is nothing inherently wrong with the interstate: it's functional, it's efficient and it gets you from A...

Review posted on 17th September 2015

Son Lux - Bones Album Review

Son Lux - Bones Album Review

Son Lux, the ever fluid vehicle for the multi-talented New Yorker Ryan Lott, delivers an intriguing, imaginative and all together inspired fourth album, 'Bones'. Ryan, musician, writer, soundtrack creator and ad scorer, has collaborated with...

Review posted on 16th July 2015

Worry Dolls - Burden EP Review

Worry Dolls - Burden EP Review

'Burden' is the second EP from red headed (...it's the reason they initially got together!) London folk duo Worry Dolls. Formed 3 years ago, after meeting at Macca's former school, Rosie and Zoe have been...

Review posted on 13th July 2015

Gentlemen Of Few - Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone - 4th July 2015 Live Review

Gentlemen Of Few - Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone - 4th July 2015 Live Review

Whether it was a carefully chosen date or just a happy coincidence, it was with great anticipation that Gentlemen Of Few, Kent's Greatest export bar Biddenden sparkling wine (... sorry boys, but it has won...

Review posted on 10th July 2015

The Catenary Wires - Red Red Skies Album Review

The Catenary Wires - Red Red Skies Album Review

I can say with some confidence that this is the first time I have reviewed an album by someone who is an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her...

Review posted on 3rd July 2015

Marina And The Diamonds - Dreamland Pleasure Park, Margate - June 19th 2015 Live Review

Marina And The Diamonds - Dreamland Pleasure Park, Margate - June 19th 2015 Live Review

The last time I saw Marina & The Diamonds perform was way back in 2010 at The Secret Garden Party as she and her band headlined their first festival. In the July summer sun, riding...

Review posted on 25th June 2015

Belle And Sebastian - Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance Album Review

Belle And Sebastian - Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance Album Review

Rather like Rennie Macintosh before them, The Glasgow School of Art he designed and the artistic and architectural movement he helped create, Belle And Sebastian have become one of the more unlikely Glaswegian institutions to...

Review posted on 19th January 2015

The Decemberists - What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World Album Review

The Decemberists - What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World Album Review

Deliberately not playing up to their name or any obvious marketing tie-ins, The Decemberists chose to release their last single, and album precursor, 'Make You Better' in November last year and this, their new album,...

Review posted on 15th January 2015

Diagrams - Chromatics Album Review

Diagrams - Chromatics Album Review

Sam Genders' (Tunng/The Accidental) solo(?) venture, Diagrams, follows up 2012's debut album 'Backlight' with a new album for 2015, 'Chromatics'. The eleven tracks are as balanced and cohesive as any you'll hear on an album...

Review posted on 15th January 2015

Public Enemy - Fear Of A Black Planet/It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back Album Review

Public Enemy - Fear Of A Black Planet/It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back Album Review

In terms of hip-hop's game changers, Public Enemy, along with NWA, must be the Beatles and The Stones of the genre, rewriting the rule books and forever altering the course of popular music. As part...

Review posted on 23rd December 2014

Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy Album Review

Damien Rice - My Favourite Faded Fantasy Album Review

The solo career of Mr Rice is not one you may realistically describe as that with which you may associate a prolific output. His is not throwaway pop churned out at will to capture a...

Review posted on 19th December 2014

Owlle - France Album Review

Owlle - France Album Review

After finding her musical feet in the world of production and subsequent single and EP releases under her own moniker, Owlle (real name France Picoulet) now shares her debut album, aptly titled 'France'.The thirteen tracks...

Review posted on 2nd December 2014

Kill It Kid - You Owe Nothing Album Review

Kill It Kid - You Owe Nothing Album Review

It's true that it's sometimes a thin line between love and hate. One person's kitsch can be another's high culture. In music, as in film, it can often become a tightrope walk of unsurety for...

Review posted on 18th November 2014

Hozier - Hozier Album Review

Hozier - Hozier Album Review

Andrew Hozier-Byrne has undoubtedly had a phenomenal twelve months. Two EPs, one album, numerous festivals and live dates, TV soundtracking, an appearance on Letterman (among many others) and a world wide hit single, 'Take Me...

Review posted on 18th November 2014

Sinead O'Connor - I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss Album Review

Sinead O'Connor - I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss Album Review

Two years ago, 'How About I Be Me And You Be You' marked a stunning return to form for the irrepressible and iconic Irish artist Sinead O'Connor. Its predecessor, 'Theology', whilst by no means a...

Review posted on 30th October 2014

My Brightest Diamond - This Is My Hand Album Review

My Brightest Diamond - This Is My Hand Album Review

'This Is My Hand' is the fourth of My Brightest Diamond's solo album releases following 2011's 'All Things Will Unwind'. Although it has a stronger centre, more definition and is her most polished and positive...

Review posted on 27th October 2014

Deptford Goth - Songs Album Review

Deptford Goth - Songs Album Review

'Songs' is the sophomore album release from Daniel Woolhouse, aka Deptford Goth (Yes I know, I'm not sure either, it could be ironic, humorous, tongue-in-cheek, who cares, The Stranglers thankfully weren't stranglers either) Following in...

Review posted on 17th October 2014

Au Revoir Simone - Spectrums Album Review

Au Revoir Simone - Spectrums Album Review

Au Revoir Simone's fourth album proper, 2013's Move In Spectrums, has been completely remixed and reinvented for this 2014 release, less imaginatively titled Spectrums. The three piece Brooklyn based synth pop purveyors of backwards glancing...

Review posted on 17th October 2014

Imogen Heap - Sparks Album Review

Imogen Heap - Sparks Album Review

Imogen Heap's fourth full length album 'Sparks' has been three years in the making. Since 2009's Grammy award winning 'Ellipse', Heap has been working with her fan generated 'sound seeds' to create a very innovative...

Review posted on 3rd October 2014

Flowers - Do What You Want, It's What You Should Do Album Review

Flowers - Do What You Want, It's What You Should Do Album Review

Instant and immediate appeal can sometimes lead to short-lived appreciation and qualified re-appraisal at a later date, but with the release of Flowers' debut album 'Do What You Want, It's What You Should Do' there...

Review posted on 3rd October 2014

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