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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

Tre Mission - Stigmata Album Review

Tre Mission - Stigmata Album Review

Toronto producer and MC Tre Mission follows up last year's critically acclaimed free mixtape 'Malmaison' with his debut full length LP 'Stigmata'. His blend of R&B, grime and rap comes out of Canada, via the...

Review posted on 24th September 2014

Kutmah - Our Mannequin EP Review

Kutmah - Our Mannequin EP Review

London has its fair share of intriguing, talented, producers, DJs and artists, not many, however, have the recent back story to match Justin 'Kutmah' McNulty. He may have been born in Brighton and live in...

Review posted on 8th September 2014

Moire - Shelter Album Review

Moire - Shelter Album Review

'Shelter' is the debut album from London artist/producer Moire. Billed as an immersive, collaborative experience for the listener, 'Shelter' represents the fruition of Moire's foundation work to establish his musical signature and identity.The nine...

Review posted on 2nd September 2014

The Bug - Angels & Devils Album Review

The Bug - Angels & Devils Album Review

The Bug, Kevin Martin, may only just be releasing his fourth album under that name in seventeen years but he has hardly been slacking in the intervening period. His Bug output may be sporadic...

Review posted on 1st September 2014

Luke Sital-Singh - The Fire Inside Album Review

Luke Sital-Singh - The Fire Inside Album Review

After a string of EPs and singles over the last two years and some ten years since penning his first song, Luke Sital-Singh's eagerly anticipated debut album is finally here. Having dropped his love of...

Review posted on 1st September 2014

Lounge On The Farm - 2014 Live Review

Lounge On The Farm - 2014 Live Review

After 9 years, in temperatures at least 8 degrees higher than forecast, and some 7 years since The Super Furry Animals headlined in the Cowshed, only 6 minutes from the centre of Canterbury, over 5...

Review posted on 6th August 2014

Lounge On The Farm - Merton Farm, Kent 2nd August 2014 Preview

Lounge On The Farm - Merton Farm, Kent 2nd August 2014 Preview

Lounge On The Farm is 9 years old this August. From its modest start through its formative years and its eventual incarnation, it has given great and varied pleasure to the appreciative folk of Kent...

Review posted on 28th July 2014

First Aid Kit - Stay Gold Album Review

First Aid Kit - Stay Gold Album Review

Although The House Mafia and Icona Pop may take exception, First Aid Kit must surely rank as Sweden's finest musical export of recent years. The sisters from the suburbs of Stockholm have delighted us with...

Review posted on 16th July 2014

James Vincent McMorrow - Post Tropical Album Review

James Vincent McMorrow - Post Tropical Album Review

It's been four years since the release of James Vincent McMorrow's well-received and relatively successful debut album 'Early In The Morning'. Those expecting more of the same may be a little disappointed; James has "no...

Review posted on 6th May 2014

Grouplove - Spreading Rumours Album Review

Grouplove - Spreading Rumours Album Review

When Grouplove burst onto the scene a few years ago they brought with them a breath of fresh air; an almost tangible youthful exuberance and an infectious zest for life. With their self-titled first EP...

Review posted on 19th March 2014

Making Marks - A Thousand Half-Truths Album Review

Making Marks - A Thousand Half-Truths Album Review

Having wisely decided to consign My Little Pony (the band's previous name) to room 101 following the departure of guitarist Simen Herning, the re-invented quartet that represent Making Marks have released their 'debut' album 'A...

Review posted on 13th March 2014

Joan As Police Woman - The Classic Album Review

Joan As Police Woman - The Classic Album Review

Having had to wait just over three years for a follow-up to one of the best albums of 2011, anticipation has been one of high but anxious expectation. Thankfully, the anxiety element was entirely unnecessary...

Review posted on 6th March 2014

Nathaniel Rateliff - Falling Faster Than You Can Run Album Review

Nathaniel Rateliff - Falling Faster Than You Can Run Album Review

Following on from 2010's 'In Memory Of Loss', 'Falling Faster Than You Can Run' is the second full-length album from Denver dwellers Nathaniel Rateliff. Whilst it may be full of passion and is unquestionably delivered...

Review posted on 7th February 2014

Will Varley - As The Crow Flies Album Review

Will Varley - As The Crow Flies Album Review

Will Varley's much anticipated follow-up album to his brilliant 2011 album 'Advert Soundtracks' has been well worth the wait. 'As The Crow Flies' is no step change for Will but more of a gentle development...

Review posted on 5th December 2013

Wilkinson - Lazers Not Included Album Review

Wilkinson - Lazers Not Included Album Review

Former Best Breakthrough Producer (the D&B Awards got that spot on) Mark Wilkinson has had a pretty fabulous end to a very good year. The London DJ/producer and mixer would seem to be the Drum...

Review posted on 5th December 2013

Luke Sital-Singh - Tornados EP Review

Luke Sital-Singh - Tornados EP Review

New Malden's new Ben Howard? (Really!) 25-year-old Luke Sital-Singh, channels an 'IT Crowd' meets 'Big Bang Theory' charming geek look to deliver his latest incarnation for this; his third and arguably best release to date....

Review posted on 2nd December 2013

Laura Marling - Once I Was An Eagle Album Review

Laura Marling - Once I Was An Eagle Album Review

Laura Marling's 4th album in 5 years sees her blossom further as the assurances that her growing confidence has given her pervade her writing and her performance. As the naivety of her youth is realised...

Review posted on 12th August 2013

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