Author: Laura Johnstone

The Leisure Society - All Aboard The Ark Album Review

The Leisure Society - All Aboard The Ark Album Review

Looking back at The Leisure Society, they've had an interesting past. This is, I guess, why I thought, yeah, I'll give that a listen. They've been nominated for an Ivor Novello award, are reasonably highly...

Review posted on 11th March 2013

The Noisettes - Contact

The Noisettes - Contact

It was back in 2009 when Noisettes were catapulted into current culture with 'Don't Upset the Rhythm', and all thanks to a TV ad. Since then, I think most of us had put them in...

Review posted on 22nd August 2012

The Proclaimers - Like Comedy

The Proclaimers - Like Comedy

Set aside for a moment the Peter Kay rendition of 500 Miles, and go back to the original duo.For me, The Proclaimers will always be a childhood memory of being about 6 years old and...

Review posted on 22nd August 2012

Cosmo Jarvis - Think Bigger

Cosmo Jarvis - Think Bigger

I took a bit of a gamble with Cosmo Jarvis, and have to hang my head in shame at the fact that I had never heard of him. Basically, I was instantly drawn to his...

Review posted on 20th August 2012

Gemma Ray - Island Fire

Gemma Ray - Island Fire

Here's an Essex girl you won't have seen in TOWIE, but to say that this is her fourth album, I would have expected to have heard more about her.Island Fire combines a multitude of ideas...

Review posted on 24th April 2012

Littlemores - Idle Idols II

Littlemores - Idle Idols II

By telling you that they are a young five piece band from Sheffield, you can have a good guess as to what they will sound like.It's a tough area to break when you're already boxed...

Review posted on 24th April 2012

Cast - Troubled Times

Cast - Troubled Times

When Blur and Pulp were announced as headlining acts, a certain generation of people got excited. This may be a sign of our age, or just that familiarity we all crave sometimes. I remember the...

Review posted on 2nd March 2012

MGMT - LateNightTales

MGMT - LateNightTales

The Late Night Tales concept is simple - Artists are asked to put together a collection of tracks that represent their own late night selection. Snow Patrol, Jamiroquai, and The Flaming Lips are just...

Review posted on 19th December 2011

Ellie Lawson - Lost Without You

Ellie Lawson - Lost Without You

Ellie Lawson sounds like she could be yet another young female singer/songwriter with the same mournful tunes of romance and loss. So I'm sorry to say that I went in having already judged the EP...

Review posted on 13th December 2011

Gorillaz - The Singles Collection 2001 - 2011

Gorillaz - The Singles Collection 2001 - 2011

Hard to believe that ten years have passed really, makes you question where that time went. When you think about it, Gorillaz have experienced great success for what is more a project in music than...

Review posted on 28th November 2011

Ben Howard - Old Pine

Ben Howard - Old Pine

Ben Howard, a travelling, surfing, drinking 23 year old. His South Devon upbringing has had a massive impact on his style and sound.Word of this first EP offering has successfully spread virally and through radio...

Review posted on 5th September 2011

Danny And The Champions Of The World - Hearts & Arrows

Danny And The Champions Of The World - Hearts & Arrows

For a third album when most bands would be settling into their style, Danny & The Champions of The World have decided to defy this. Fans will not be able to escape noticing a definite...

Review posted on 20th July 2011

Raphael Saadiq - Stone Rollin'

Raphael Saadiq - Stone Rollin'

It has surely come to something when hearing the name, Raphael Saadiq, automatically conjures up the mindset that this album will be yet another acoustic singer songwriter. An over saturated music genre has meant that...

Review posted on 13th July 2011

Benjamin Francis Leftwich - Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm

Benjamin Francis Leftwich - Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm

Acoustic singer/songwriters are cropping up all over the place. Maybe it's that stripped bare back to basics thing we're looking for, or maybe it's the deep and meaningful refection on life. Who knows really, but...

Review posted on 30th June 2011

The Feeling - Together We Were Made

The Feeling - Together We Were Made

As pop groups go, the general trend is that they get better and progress as they develop a fan base and grow into their niche. So how is it that you listen to 'Together We...

Review posted on 27th June 2011

Paul Simon - So Beautiful Or So What

Paul Simon - So Beautiful Or So What

There is a hidden danger when a new album is released by a long serving musician. Will they stick to their values and success, or will they try and keep up with the times, introducing...

Review posted on 27th June 2011

Various Artists - Raise The Bar

Various Artists - Raise The Bar

We all know that records for charity will sell. They are usually performed by well know and popular artists, and it's a winning situation, you get the music you like (if it's not one of...

Review posted on 19th May 2011

The Airborne Toxic Event - All At Once

The Airborne Toxic Event - All At Once

A second album for the American band appears to have come easily. Yet another selection of strong and passionate tracks prove that since that big hit of 'Something Around Midnight', The Airborne Toxic Event have...

Review posted on 17th May 2011

CocknBullKid - Adulthood

CocknBullKid - Adulthood

The Hackney girl with a bit of fresh attitude appears to have gone through a transformation for the album 'Adulthood'. The album screams out current pop trends, and tells the woeful tales of a London...

Review posted on 11th May 2011

Tim Minchin - The Royal Albert Hall 29/04/11

Tim Minchin - The Royal Albert Hall 29/04/11

The latest tour for the Australian comedian/songwriter sees a new addition to the set up.This is Tim Minchin in his usual fully outspoken and funny way, but bigger, and louder. He sings his belief that...

Review posted on 3rd May 2011

Benjamin Francis Leftwich - Pictures

Benjamin Francis Leftwich - Pictures

Eagerly anticipated and fully supported before it was even released, 'Pictures' lives up to its high expectations.A self taught guitarist, Leftwich has pitched himself in the right music camp. With 'Pictures' produced by Ian Grimble...

Review posted on 17th March 2011

Those Dancing Days - Daydreams and Nightmares

Those Dancing Days - Daydreams and Nightmares

It's something to really be proud of when you are a product of the new 'people power'. Whilst as citizens we may not have much say in the way the world around us is run,...

Review posted on 10th March 2011

Various Artists - Gnomeo & Juliet, Film Soundtrack

Various Artists - Gnomeo & Juliet, Film Soundtrack

There is no denying that Gnomeo & Juliet has been quite successful at the box office, but did they really need to bring out a soundtrack too? It sounds like a good idea I'm sure,...

Review posted on 22nd February 2011

Alice Gold - Alice Gold

Alice Gold - Alice Gold

A twenty something singer/songwriter from London who has followed her career aspirations as far as to be travelling America in a Winnebago and apparently using the toilet as a vocal booth!Success has not come quickly...

Review posted on 6th December 2010

Paul Weller - Find The Torch, Burn The Plans - Live

Paul Weller - Find The Torch, Burn The Plans - Live

There is no doubt about the talent and reputation of Paul Weller as a well respected solo artist, lyricist, and guitarist. The fact that he continues to receive awards such as Best Solo Artist at...

Review posted on 23rd November 2010

Various Artists - Disco Fever

Various Artists - Disco Fever

Disco is the genre of music we all hear towards the end of the night at clubs, and at celebrations such as weddings and parties. It is essentially good times music. The very essence of...

Review posted on 17th November 2010

Bill Bailey - Dandelion Mind Tour,  Wyndhams Theatre, Leicester Square

Bill Bailey - Dandelion Mind Tour, Wyndhams Theatre, Leicester Square

In the intimate surroundings of the Wyndhams Theatre we seem terribly close to a stage scattered with instruments and props which quite possibly represent the inner workings of Bill Baileys mind. Then enters the lively,...

Review posted on 11th November 2010

Various Artists - Bustin' Out 1983, New Wave To New Beat

Various Artists - Bustin' Out 1983, New Wave To New Beat

Bustin' Out 1983 is the third release in a series of compilations exploring the diverse spectrum of eighties influences. Compiled by Mike Maguire, the albums aim to explore the depths of the key era in...

Review posted on 3rd November 2010

Jack Sparrow - Circadian

Jack Sparrow - Circadian

Dubstep as a music genre is quite hard to get right? Anybody can add deep bass and hard hitting reverbs on beats to a well known track until it falls into the right category, to...

Review posted on 2nd November 2010

Po Girl - Follow Your Bliss

Po Girl - Follow Your Bliss

Follow Your Bliss is the sixth release from Po Girl, offering their latest collection of urban roots music.Compared to the likes of Tracy Chapman and Norah Jones I would say that is going too far....

Review posted on 27th October 2010

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