Author: Jamie Curtis

Union Sound Set - Start/Stop

Union Sound Set - Start/Stop

Union Sound Set release their new album Start/Stop. Formally known as Prego the band decided to change their name due to some various line-up changes. Something that might please many of their old fans is...

Review posted on 21st October 2010

Ghosts - The World Is Outside

Ghosts - The World Is Outside

GhostsThe World Is Outside Album ReviewI don't know that many people but I have yet to find a person who feels more than impartial about Ghosts, or who thinks they offer something more thought provoking...

Review posted on 21st August 2007

To My Boy - Messages

To My Boy - Messages

To My BoyMessagesAlbum Review Well there's no use in lumping all the electro lot together. Some of them are distinct anomalies; more of an anomaly than the rest of the oddballs and wire-clingers, shadow-fronted and...

Review posted on 13th August 2007

Black Strobe - Burn Your Own Church

Black Strobe - Burn Your Own Church

Black StrobeBurn Your Own Church Album Review The implied claim in the album blurb that this mixing "of the worlds of dance music and rock music" is some sort of dangerous and pioneering experiment may...

Review posted on 13th August 2007

Aqualung - Cinderella

Aqualung - Cinderella

AqualungCinderella Single Review Surely Matt Hales is very depressed. Most Aqualung songs from both his previous albums have been solemnly downcast, and some may say the fact that I've bought them both says more about...

Review posted on 13th August 2007

Taken By Trees - Open Field

Taken By Trees - Open Field

Taken By TreesOpen FieldAlbum ReviewHaving told the rest of The Concretes that this was not what she wanted to do -too shy to enjoy live shows, frustrated by compromise and sick of the music business,...

Review posted on 2nd August 2007

The View - The Don

The View - The Don

The View The Don Single Review I have it on good authority that after damaging several rooms, The View have recently been banned from all this country's Travelodges. While the budding rock n roll icon...

Review posted on 29th May 2007

Rochelle - Rochelle EP

Rochelle - Rochelle EP

RochelleRochelle EPReview Rochelle's demo of broken down, disjointed electro pop isn't as generic as I first believed. Spanning from Vogue-age Madonna to.um.The Pipettes, 80s mixes are blended with modern sterilised switches and spasms; the creation...

Review posted on 17th May 2007

The Ripps - Long Live The Ripps

The Ripps - Long Live The Ripps

The RippsLong Live The RippsAlbum Review Laughing inanely at a situation is always advisable, particularly when everyone around you is frowning disappointingly and concerned with the serious business of being serious. While the world contemplates...

Review posted on 10th May 2007

Bright Eyes - Four Wind

Bright Eyes - Four Wind

Bright EyesFour WindSingle Review Considering the last two Bright Eyes albums were released simultaneously, it makes sense that we have had to wait since that fateful turn of 2005 for some new material. Touché salesman....

Review posted on 10th May 2007

Songs For The Young At Heart

Songs For The Young At Heart

Various Artists,Songs For The Young At HeartAlbum ReviewIf deep down inside, you're yearning to be that innocent child again and escape from everything, but find it deplorable to drift into your local record shop and...

Review posted on 12th March 2007

Josh Ritter - Girl In The War

Josh Ritter - Girl In The War

Josh RitterGirl In The WarAlbum Review The American tradition of singer-songwriters is as old as the hills. Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Neil Young; just pick up an acoustic guitar and sing a simple...

Review posted on 12th March 2007

The Immediate - In Towers & Clouds

The Immediate - In Towers & Clouds

The Immediate In Towers & Clouds Album Review It could be that this album journeyed across from its native Ireland in some sort of neglected crate or via uncharted gull. The Immediate's album 'In Towers...

Review posted on 17th January 2007

Lily Allen - LDN

Lily Allen - LDN

Lily Allen LDN Single Review Whether her off-beat vocal style gives you a surge of joy, or an anger that may cause animal cruelty in later life, Lily Allen has been a shrewd woman this...

Review posted on 17th January 2007

The Feeling - Never Be Lonely

The Feeling - Never Be Lonely

The FeelingNever Be LonelySingle ReviewApproaching slowly from the hot new bands bit in Time Out a year ago, The Feeling have subconsciously entered the nation's staple music bloodstream. They crept up, fatally and unsuspectingly on...

Review posted on 4th December 2006

Iain Archer - Magnetic North

Iain Archer - Magnetic North

Iain ArcherMagnetic NorthAlbum ReviewIn this world symbolism can do wonderful things: Russia believes it's powerful again because it's on the UN security council; George W Bush doesn't recognise his 'misarticulation' because he's the president of...

Review posted on 4th December 2006

Sean Lennon - Friendly Fire

Sean Lennon - Friendly Fire

Sean LennonFriendly FireAlbum ReviewThere are some people that popular opinion's metaphorical rotten fruit are almost permanently aimed at. Children of celebrities; those naïve and spoilt individuals who haven't had to struggle and have earned fame...

Review posted on 16th October 2006

Ok Go - Here It Goes Again

Ok Go - Here It Goes Again

Ok GoHere It Goes AgainSingle ReviewA tune of jumpy up and downy mindless rock pleasure, it's no wonder that Ok Go had no choice but to create a suitably mindless video; the band doing a...

Review posted on 9th October 2006

747s - Zampano

747s - Zampano

747sZampanoAlbum Review747s were the band asked by Alex Turner personally to collaborate on an Arctic Monkeys b-side for 'Leave Before The Lights Come On' and the band to have snatched some of the most important...

Review posted on 4th October 2006

Muse - Starlight

Muse - Starlight

MuseStarlightSingle ReviewTo some people the height of blasphemy and to others a firm step in an Exciting direction, 'Starlight' may annoy many Muse fans. The title, quite appropriately, is a contrast to the hazy and...

Review posted on 4th October 2006

Kasabian - Empire

Kasabian - Empire

KasabianEmpireSingle ReviewSince the pre-release began for Kasabian's new material, we've been able to take a peek at their live reinvention, which, quite conveniently is reviewed on this very site, see them at V, and subject...

Review posted on 4th September 2006

The Victorian English Gentlemens Club - Self-Titled

The Victorian English Gentlemens Club - Self-Titled

The Victorian English Gentlemen's ClubSelf-TitledAlbum ReviewAs jerky as an old Nissan Sunny and as awkward as Stephen Hawking's posture, to withstand the music of The Victorian English Gentlemen's Club is impressive. They'll surely do very...

Review posted on 4th September 2006

Kasabian - Brixton Academy

Kasabian - Brixton Academy

KasabianBrixton AcademyLive ReviewNone of us have heard Kasabian's 'difficult' second record yet, they haven't toured for ages and here it was being played live for the first time, four whole days before their headline set...

Review posted on 23rd August 2006

Koufax - Isabelle

Koufax - Isabelle

KoufaxIsabelleSingle ReviewAs Koufax currently tour their expansive American backyard they've reserved some of their sweet scent for a British release of 'Isabelle'. We've heard little of this four-piece but their quirky indie-pop, driven consistently by...

Review posted on 4th August 2006

Foy Vance - Watermelon Oranges Ep

Foy Vance - Watermelon Oranges Ep

Foy VanceWatermelon Oranges EpReviewWhen Foy Vance signed to Freshwater Hughes Management, he was only their second ever recruit, the first being a naive 13 year old Joss Stone. The flowery soul his music is so...

Review posted on 1st August 2006

Captain - Glorious

Captain - Glorious

CaptainGloriousSingle ReviewThese days A-ha are back in favour and it's just as well for Captain. It may not be 1985 anymore but if 'Take on Me' was never written, 'Glorious' could have soundtracked that video....

Review posted on 1st August 2006

McAlmont And Butler - Speed

McAlmont And Butler - Speed

McAlmont And ButlerSpeedSingle ReviewIs this title supposed to be ironic? This song is neither speedy nor is it related to any illegal stimulant. Rubbish. But then McAlmont and Butler must need some slack. The duo...

Review posted on 1st August 2006

Beyond Reasonable Doubt - Beyond Reasonable Doubt

Beyond Reasonable Doubt - Beyond Reasonable Doubt

Beyond Reasonable Doubt Self-TitledAlbum ReviewLittle known punk rock outfits from Surrey don't really sell themselves do they? But more importantly- should they? Well expecting this to fall someway short of something very short indeed, I...

Review posted on 24th July 2006

Lost Prophets - Supported by Men, Women & Children,  Brixton Academy

Lost Prophets - Supported by Men, Women & Children, Brixton Academy

LostprophetsSupport from Men, Women & Children.Brixton AcademyLive ReviewIt's so easy to criticise Lostprophets: take a band whose target audience is younger than Simple Plan's and a Welsh identity falsely covered up in a dire American...

Review posted on 18th July 2006

The New Amsterdams - Story Like A Scar

The New Amsterdams - Story Like A Scar

The New AmsterdamsStory Like A ScarAlbum Review'Story Like A Scar' is the second album from The New Amsterdams. It's 29 minutes long. While many of the songs are quite promising in their sombre melodies, the...

Review posted on 17th July 2006

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