Author: Mike Rea

Department of Eagles - In Ear Park

Department of Eagles - In Ear Park

Review of Department Of Eagles album In Ear Park.A side project from the now almost religiously followed Grizzly Bear, now on their second album, it would be practically impossible to try and distinguish the line-ups...

Review posted on 15th September 2009

Magnolia Electric Co. - Josephine

Magnolia Electric Co. - Josephine

Review of Magnolia Electric Co. album Josephine released through Secretly Canadian. Magnolia Electric Co's Jason Molina is a singer-songwriter's songwriter. So far, he has released an album or EP every year since 1996. His soundscapes,...

Review posted on 15th September 2009

The Felice Brothers - Felice Brothers

The Felice Brothers - Felice Brothers

Review of The Felice Brothers self-titled album released through Loose.If you are expecting something new from The Felice Brothers, then think again. What you get here is Dylan doing Americana. If that does nothing for...

Review posted on 15th September 2009

The Dodos - Time To Die

The Dodos - Time To Die

Review of The Dodos album Time To Die released through Wichita.If you like indie rock, you should not be without Visiter, the second album from The Dodos. On Visiter, their sound was crystallised, to great...

Review posted on 14th September 2009

The Cribs - Ignore The Ignorant

The Cribs - Ignore The Ignorant

Review of The Cribs' album Ignore The Ignorant released through Wichita.The Cribs' rise to fame was a quick one. Their 2007 album, Man's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever, was a significant breakthrough for Britain's answer to...

Review posted on 14th September 2009

Gary Go - Gary Go

Gary Go - Gary Go

Review of Gary Go's debut self-titled album.Both vocally and musically comparisons to Coldplay have been made about Gary Go's music, and they're not too far off the mark; however it's more the 'filler' style Coldplay...

Review posted on 8th June 2009

Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

Review of Grizzly Bear's album Veckatimest released through Warp. Each year, a few credible/independent bands manage to breakthrough and reach a level most independent bands never get to, last year it was the turn of...

Review posted on 1st June 2009

Monahans - Dim The Aurora

Monahans - Dim The Aurora

Review of Monahans album Dim The Aurora released through MisraMonahans has risen from the ashes of Milton Mapes, a band who were very talented, and their albums written and created for the sake of music,...

Review posted on 28th May 2009

Coldplay - LeftRightLeftRightLeft

Coldplay - LeftRightLeftRightLeft

Review of Coldplay's live album LeftRightLeftRightLeft available through their website. With albums costing an average of £7.99 + it would be rude to turn down Coldplay's latest offering, which is free and readily available to...

Review posted on 28th May 2009

Karima Francis - The Author

Karima Francis - The Author

Review of Karima Francis' album The Author released through Kitchenware/Sony.Karima Francis is a new singer songwriter from Manchester, Francis' career began with a stunning performance at In The City where she wowed many people from...

Review posted on 26th May 2009

Bens Brother - Battling Giants

Bens Brother - Battling Giants

Review of Ben's Brother's album Battling Giants released through Island. Jamie Hartman has written songs for the likes of Will Young, Natalie Imbruglia and Emma Bunton and he is also the singer in Ben's Brother....

Review posted on 26th May 2009

Rachael Yamagata - Elephants: Teeth Sinking Into Heart

Rachael Yamagata - Elephants: Teeth Sinking Into Heart

Review of Rachael Yamagata's album Elephants: Teeth Sinking Into Heart released through Warner Bros Music. Sometimes chart friendly pop doesn't really provide the edge you're looking for in music. There's no denying the amount of...

Review posted on 26th May 2009

Manchester Orchestra - Mean Everything To Nothing

Manchester Orchestra - Mean Everything To Nothing

Review of Manchester Orchestra's second album 'Mean Everything To Nothing' released through Columbia Records. Tremendously great. Critics often talk about 'the bands to watch' and 'the bands who have talent to go all the way',...

Review posted on 31st March 2009

Clem Snide - Hungry Bird

Clem Snide - Hungry Bird

Review of Clem Snide's album 'Hungry Bird' released through Freeworld. Sometimes when youre listening to albums, when done right, it's the most simple ones which hit you and standout the most. When lead singer Eef...

Review posted on 3rd March 2009

Hayden Desser - In Field And Town

Hayden Desser - In Field And Town

Review of Hayden's album 'In Field And Town' released through Hardwood Records.Since the X Factor finals and Alexandra Burke's version of 'Hallelujah', Leonard Cohen has (rightly) had a resurgence in popularity. Leonard singing the classics...

Review posted on 16th February 2009

Strand of Oaks - Leave Ruin

Strand of Oaks - Leave Ruin

Review of Strand Of Oaks' album 'Leave Ruin' released through La Societe.James Taylor maybe still releasing records but nothing has really struck accord for a few years, Timothy Showalter on the other hand is picking...

Review posted on 12th February 2009

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - Old Money

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - Old Money

Review of Omar Rodriguez-Lopez's album 'Old Money' released through Pinnacle. Best known as a member of Mars Volta and formerly of the now defunct band At the Drive-In Omar Rodriguez-Lopez has many accolades under his...

Review posted on 10th February 2009

Titus Andronicus - The Airing of Grievances

Titus Andronicus - The Airing of Grievances

Review of Titus Andronicus' album 'The Airing of Grievances' releases through Merok/ XL.We're just over a month into 2009 and New Jersey has already offered us a good selection of albums, at the top of...

Review posted on 3rd February 2009

Andrew Bird - Noble Beast

Andrew Bird - Noble Beast

Review of Andrew Bird's album 'Noble Beast' released through Bella Union.Chicago based multi -instrumentalist and songwriter Andrew Bird has already released a wonderful collection of albums, the pinnacle arguably being 'The Mysterious Production Of Eggs'...

Review posted on 29th January 2009

Bon Iver - Blood Bank

Bon Iver - Blood Bank

Review of Bon Iver's EP Blood Bank releases through Jagjaguwar.I think even Justin Vernon would've been surprised by the level of acclaim he received for his last album 'For Emma Forever Ago', as well as...

Review posted on 29th January 2009

Bruce Springsteen - Working On A Dream

Bruce Springsteen - Working On A Dream

Review of Bruce Springsteen's album 'Working On A Dream'.I should start by saying, I'm a huge Bruce Springsteen fan and I don't think a bigger fan will be reviewing this album so the following lines...

Review posted on 29th January 2009

Right Away Great Captain - The Eventually Home

Right Away Great Captain - The Eventually Home

The Eventually Home album review from Right Away, Great Captain! released through Favorite Gentlemen Recordings.Andy Hull is the front-man of Manchester Orchestra as well as the man behind Right Away, Great Captain! For those...

Review posted on 28th November 2008

Firewater - The Golden Hour

Firewater - The Golden Hour

The Golden Hour album review from Firewater released through Bloodshot. There's such a mix of styles and sounds on this album it's hard to properly convey the way it moves. A nice starting point would...

Review posted on 27th November 2008

Los Campesinos - We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed

Los Campesinos - We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed

Review of Los Campesinos! album 'We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed' releases through Wichita.Los Campesinos! Released their first full length album 'Hold On Now, Youngster' at the start of the year, and now the band...

Review posted on 27th November 2008

The Airborne Toxic Event - The Airborne Toxic Event

The Airborne Toxic Event - The Airborne Toxic Event

Review for The Airborne Event's self-titled album. The Airborne Toxic Event are yet another band to be hyped at the moment and they really do deserve all the positive words being written about them. They...

Review posted on 26th November 2008

Rodrigo y Gabriela - Live In Japan

Rodrigo y Gabriela - Live In Japan

Review for Rodrigo Y Gabriela's album 'Live In Japan'.Rodrigo y Gabriela are two very talented musicians and it's fantastic that they've become a successful act, in a world where major record labels and manufactured acts...

Review posted on 13th November 2008

The Features - Some Kind Of Salvation

The Features - Some Kind Of Salvation

Album review for Some Kind Of Salvation from Some Kind Of Salvation. The Features hail from Nashville Tennessee though musically they sound something like what the Kings of Leon might sound like if they were...

Review posted on 13th November 2008

She Keeps Bees - Nests

She Keeps Bees - Nests

Nests album review from She Keeps Bees.She Keeps Bees are an unsigned band from Brooklyn and Nest is their second album. The two piece is fronted by Vocalist Jessica Larrabee who sounds like a mix...

Review posted on 13th November 2008

Crooked Fingers - Forfeit / Fortune

Crooked Fingers - Forfeit / Fortune

Album review of Forfeit/ Fortune by Crooked Fingers released through Constant Artists.Eric Bachmann is a man of many talents, he can play a small nylon stringed guitar with as much precision as any professional classical...

Review posted on 16th October 2008

Snowblink - Long Live

Snowblink - Long Live

Album review of Long Live by Snowblink.Long Live is the title of Snowblink's second album and it's simple beautiful, vocalist Daniela Gesundheit's voice is comparatively close to Tanya Donnelly and it complements the elegant backing...

Review posted on 16th October 2008

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RIP Aretha Franklin - Seven Of Her Most Captivating Songs

RIP Aretha Franklin - Seven Of Her Most Captivating Songs

We pay tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who passed away this week at the age of 76.

Album of the Week: Conquering 'Stage Fright' with The Band

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7 Stars That Swapped A Football Career For Music

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Madonna At 60 - Her 10 Best Singles

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