Author: Conrad Hughes

North Atlantic Oscillation - Grappling Hooks

North Atlantic Oscillation - Grappling Hooks

A bizarre and sonic intervention finds its way into the end of the album's opener: offbeat drums mix with buried, obtuse vocals after a minute of pretty ambience. It's a fitting start to the strange...

Review posted on 7th April 2010

Motion Picture Soundtrack - The Shapes We Fear Are Of Our Own

Motion Picture Soundtrack - The Shapes We Fear Are Of Our Own

A rather astonishing piece of alt-rock, a marvellous achievement for a debut record. Haunting strings and mid-90's Radiohead all the way for this one; this type of thing is rarely carried off to such a...

Review posted on 7th April 2010

Them Crooked Vultures - Them Crooked Vultures

Them Crooked Vultures - Them Crooked Vultures

Review of The Crooked Vultures self-titled album.A confident, almost laid-back album from Josh Homme, Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones comes across originally much as the former's famous Desert Sessions does; music for the sake...

Review posted on 26th January 2010

The Len Price 3 - Pictures

The Len Price 3 - Pictures

Review of The Len Price 3's album PicturesThis is bad. It shamelessly steals from other, better, older bands and doesn't do any of the things these bands do quite as well as they could do....

Review posted on 26th January 2010

Katatonia - Night Is the New Day

Katatonia - Night Is the New Day

Review of Katatonia's album Night Is The New DayIgnoring both the strange misnomer in the title ('I' in is capitalised but not 't' in the?) and the interesting PR brief - 'waltzing between prog moments,...

Review posted on 26th January 2010

The Incredible Flight of Birdman - Where I Can't See You

The Incredible Flight of Birdman - Where I Can't See You

Review of The Incredible Flight of Birdman's single Where I Can't See YouThis is the best record I have reviewed today, by a long, long way. It does sound like a quite bland Idlewild, but...

Review posted on 26th January 2010

Fight Like Apes - Live At Eurosonic

Fight Like Apes - Live At Eurosonic

Review of Flight Like Apes album Live At EurosonicThis band love introductions. I say this, because there is an introduction on the live record. Then there's the introduction of the actual song. I prefer the...

Review posted on 26th January 2010

Saviours - Accelerated Living

Saviours - Accelerated Living

Review of Saviours album Accelerated LivingMmm, it's time for what may or may not be some Christian metal- I say this as there isn't any reference to them being such, yet the name, song titles...

Review posted on 15th December 2009

Wolfmother - Cosmic Egg

Wolfmother - Cosmic Egg

Review of Wolfmother's album Cosmic EggThis album opens with a re-imagining of the Chili's Around The World- at least, that's what I thought until it kicked in proper with the whole 70's sound the band...

Review posted on 18th November 2009

Sweethead - Sweethead

Sweethead - Sweethead

Review of Sweethead's self-titled album.Fuzz laden rock in the style of Death From Above 1979 but without the technical indie flair and some female vocals. The band come across all QOTSA in a few tracks,...

Review posted on 18th November 2009

Alice In Chains - Black Gives Way To Blue

Alice In Chains - Black Gives Way To Blue

Review of Alice In Chains album Black Gives Way To BlueAlice In Chains return with Black Gives Way To Blue, their latest album, and, after I'd gotten over the fact that they weren't Creed, I...

Review posted on 18th November 2009

The Blizzards - Domino Effect

The Blizzards - Domino Effect

Review of The Blizzards album Domino EffectThis is a really good album. It pleases me to listen to. Wacky indie rockers The Blizzards (an excellent signing for Island if I do say so) play a...

Review posted on 18th November 2009

Invasion - The Master Alchemist

Invasion - The Master Alchemist

Review of Invasion's album The Master AlchemistInvasion are an interesting three-piece that evoke minimalist values and mix them with lots and lots of fuzz and some echo effects. The band was created in response to...

Review posted on 18th November 2009

Kill Hannah - Wake Up The Sleepers

Kill Hannah - Wake Up The Sleepers

Review of Kill Hannah's album Wake Up The SleepersHaving never heard of this band before they turned up neatly packaged on my doorstep, I was apprehensive as I gently placed the CD into the player...

Review posted on 10th November 2009

Boy Crisis - Tulipomania

Boy Crisis - Tulipomania

Review of Boy Crisis's album TulipomaniaThis is an interesting CD- it seems to be conforming to the current dance-pop-indie-whatsit dominating not only MTV2 but the A-list on Radio 1, complete with self-aware moaning noises and...

Review posted on 27th October 2009

Converge - Axe to Fall

Converge - Axe to Fall

Review of Converge's album Axe To Fall released through Epitaph Records.An utterly insane album from start to finish, Converge on Epitaph Records push the envelope even further with this absolutely stunning release. Opening with Dark...

Review posted on 26th October 2009

Pearl Jam - Backspacer

Pearl Jam - Backspacer

Review of Pearl Jam's album BackspacerInteractive CDs are very, very annoying. I don't know why, but ever since Origin Of Symmetry made me put a code in to watch an arbitrary video I've been moderately...

Review posted on 26th October 2009

Funeral For A Friend - Your History Is Mine 2002-2009

Funeral For A Friend - Your History Is Mine 2002-2009

Review of Funeral For A Friend's album Your History Is Mine 2002-2009.I really, really, really hate arena rock. If a band is praised for sounding like an Arena band, it makes me terribly sad. It...

Review posted on 8th October 2009

Richard Walters - The Animal

Richard Walters - The Animal

Review of Richard Walters album The AnimalA short and sweet album invoking the lo-fi finesse seen in the first Iron and Wine record, Walters is a class act that speaks to us through songwriting. Using...

Review posted on 29th September 2009

David Guetta - One Love

David Guetta - One Love

Review of David Guetta’s album One LoveGracenote kindly informs me that every track on this album is a Feat., apart from track 10, which is apparently a Black Eyed Peas song. I would never want...

Review posted on 29th September 2009

Girls - Album

Girls - Album

Review of Girls album 'Album' review.The Blood Brothers meets drunken indie mess vocal of Girls' frontman groans merrily across opener Lust For Life, thankfully not an Iggy cover; instead, a sparsely instrumented Libs party track....

Review posted on 21st September 2009

Rodrigo y Gabriela - 11:11

Rodrigo y Gabriela - 11:11

Review of Rodrigo y Gabriela's album 11:11Rodrigo y Gabriela return with 11:11, an interesting concept record by the ex-busking flamenco inspired duo where each track is a homage to an artist- 11 in total. It...

Review posted on 21st September 2009

Kill It Kid - Self Titled

Kill It Kid - Self Titled

An album review of Kill It Kid's Self Titled release.I pity the editor today, because yesterday I crashed a motorbike at about 70 mph, rolled down the road for about 20 yards end over end,...

Review posted on 7th September 2009

Reuben - We Should Have Gone To University

Reuben - We Should Have Gone To University

Review of Reuben's album We Should Have Gone To University.Reuben never really got the huge fame they deserved, so to see this double disc of fan service get a release is quite surprising. The title...

Review posted on 1st September 2009

Million Dead - A Song To Ruin (Deluxe Edition)

Million Dead - A Song To Ruin (Deluxe Edition)

Review of Million Dead's album A Song To Ruin (Deluxe Edition)Coming packaged beautifully in a hardcover book with lyrics, photos and a DVD, you'd be hard pressed to dispute the love that's gone into this...

Review posted on 26th August 2009

Chris Garneau - El Radio

Chris Garneau - El Radio

Review of Chris Garneau's album El Radio.In the vein of Sufjan Stevens comes Chris Garneau's sophomore attempt, El Radio. A vague concept of something to do with a story told over a year divided into...

Review posted on 26th August 2009

Lemonade - Self-titled

Lemonade - Self-titled

Review of Lemonade's self-titled albumI often think that you have to be in the right mood to appreciate electronica. Fischerspooner's #1 ranks among my favourite albums with ease, the songwriting is simply superb, but if...

Review posted on 26th August 2009

The Boxer Rebellion - Union

The Boxer Rebellion - Union

Review of The Boxer Rebellion's album Union.The haunting voice of Nathan Nicholson, singer from The Boxer Rebellion delivers a powerful sense of fragility, sounding a little like the Guillemots Fyfe Dangerfield at his best, and...

Review posted on 18th August 2009

Zero 7 - Yeah Ghost

Zero 7 - Yeah Ghost

Review of Zero 7's album Yeah GhostA very interesting album from start to finish. Returning after 2007's The Garden, Zero 7 are still labelled as trip-hop by the media, but I have to say they...

Review posted on 18th August 2009

Rufus Wainwright - Milwaukee At Last!!!

Rufus Wainwright - Milwaukee At Last!!!

Review of Rufus Wainwright's album Milwaukee At Last!!!This is a live CD, meant as a companion to the DVD also going on sale in a little while. As I haven't seen the DVD, the image...

Review posted on 18th August 2009

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