Author: Owen Lloyd

Ali Whitton - A Failed Attempt At Something Worth Saying

Ali Whitton - A Failed Attempt At Something Worth Saying

Ali Whitton and the Broke Record PlayersA Failed Attempt At Something Worth SayingAlbum ReviewThese are interesting times for musicians. With the recent shake up at EMI likely to precipitate a cull of artists and staff...

Review posted on 9th April 2008

Hush The Many - Revolve

Hush The Many - Revolve

Hush The Many (Heed The Few) RevolveSingle ReviewHush The Many are rapidly losing their status as indie-folk's best-kept secret as the mainstream press pick up on the brilliant noises from the outer reaches. And with...

Review posted on 9th April 2008

Ferraby Lionheart - Catch The Brass Ring

Ferraby Lionheart - Catch The Brass Ring

Ferraby LionheartCatch The Brass Ring Album ReviewWith a name like that he just had to be a star. The superbly-monikered Ferraby Lionheart has followed a somewhat itinerant existence following his muse, from LA to Nashville,...

Review posted on 9th April 2008

The Brute Chorus - Chateau

The Brute Chorus - Chateau

The Brute ChorusChateauSingle ReviewIn which the barstaff of Camden's infamous Hawley Arms serve up a ramshackle barrage of demented Nick Cave fairy-tale blues and Jack-White-style mewling. There's a heavy hint of 'Lovecats' bass here, some...

Review posted on 9th April 2008

The National - Apartment Story

The National - Apartment Story

The NationalApartment Story Single Review With the stunning Boxer sure to appear on many critics' and fans' Album Of The Year lists over the next few weeks it's a good time to remember why; despite...

Review posted on 18th December 2007

Eugene McGuinness - Bold Street

Eugene McGuinness - Bold Street

Eugene McGuinnessBold Street Single Review The young McGuinness has been praised in these pages before for his idiosyncratic lyrical style, and this new single does nothing to dispel the view. 'Bold Street' (not too far...

Review posted on 18th December 2007

The Pattern Theory - ep1

The Pattern Theory - ep1

The Pattern Theoryep1 EP Review In which a bunch of unassuming Music College students serve up a four-course meal of unashamedly tight instrumental jazz grooves and subtle post-rock workings. There's an innate understanding of dynamic...

Review posted on 18th December 2007

Ali Whitton & the Broken Record Players - Sarah Williams & the So-Called Friends

Ali Whitton & the Broken Record Players - Sarah Williams & the So-Called Friends

Ali Whitton & the BrokeRecordPlayersSarah Williams & the So-Called FriendsEP Review Ali Whitton & the BrokeRecord Players / Sarah Williams & the So-Called Friends - split 12" EP Williams and Whitton are the perfect partners...

Review posted on 18th December 2007

Sigur Ros - Hvarf/Heim

Sigur Ros - Hvarf/Heim

Sigur RosHvarf/Heim Album Review Sigur Ros's first album for 2 years is a bit of strange one; released to accompany the Heima DVD, it's not a soundtrack (there is little correlation between the songs on...

Review posted on 18th December 2007

Once - Original Soundtrack

Once - Original Soundtrack

OnceOriginal Soundtrack Album Review John Carney's low-budget tale of an Irish busker (The Frames' Glen Hansard) and a young Czech mother (Markéta Irglová) has been gaining astounding reviews from the cinema press for the realism...

Review posted on 18th December 2007

Basia Bulat - Oh, My Darling

Basia Bulat - Oh, My Darling

Basia BulatOh, My Darling Album Review The resurgent British interest in Canadian music shows no sign of abating - and it's about time too. For years a mention of the country's contribution to pop history...

Review posted on 20th August 2007

The Lodger - Grown Ups

The Lodger - Grown Ups

The LodgerGrown UpsAlbum Review'Bedsit Indie'. There can't be many more phrases to immediately divide opinion between fans of alternative music; for each sensitive soul more than happy to wallow in a fey mire of 80's...

Review posted on 20th August 2007

The Broken Family Band - Love Your Man Love Your Woman

The Broken Family Band - Love Your Man Love Your Woman

The Broken Family BandLove Your Man Love Your WomanSingle ReviewBack in manifesto territory here, and The Broken Family Band have swapped their previous routine country-tinged sound for an out-and-out stomper - 'Love Your Man Love...

Review posted on 17th July 2007

Nine Black Alps - Nine Black Alps

Nine Black Alps - Nine Black Alps

Nine Black AlpsNine Black AlpsAlbum ReviewSuch is major label paranoia these days that we haven't been given a full copy of Nine Black Alps' forthcoming LP Love/Hate. Instead the disc that arrives is a 6-track...

Review posted on 17th July 2007

Eugene McGuinness - Monsters Under The Bed

Eugene McGuinness - Monsters Under The Bed

Eugene McGuinnessMonsters Under The BedSingle ReviewWe live in an era of total information immersion - and it's driving us mad. It's all too much to take in; no matter how much we cram there's still...

Review posted on 17th July 2007

Elvis Perkins - Ash Wednesday

Elvis Perkins - Ash Wednesday

Elvis PerkinsAsh WednesdayAlbum ReviewThe male singer-songwriter genre can often feel like an exercise in oneupmanship, with each teary-eyed wastrel staking a claim for the prize of 'most tortured'. But let's face it, woman troubles aren't...

Review posted on 17th July 2007

Keren Ann - Keren Ann

Keren Ann - Keren Ann

Keren AnnKeren AnnAlbum ReviewIs there a more international artist than Keren Ann Zeidel? Born in Israel to a Dutch-Russian-Javanese family, growing up in Paris and now spending much of her time in New York, it's...

Review posted on 17th July 2007

Foals - Hummer

Foals - Hummer

FoalsHummerSingle Review Pitched somewhere between the feverish dance-funk of The Rapture and Shut Your Eyes And You'll Burst Into Flames, Foals' latest effort fizzes with bleeps and cymbals without really getting anywhere interesting. There's nothing...

Review posted on 4th June 2007

Joni Mitchell - Various Artists

Joni Mitchell - Various Artists

A Tribute To Joni MitchellVarious ArtistsAlbum Review They're strange things, tribute albums. What appears a celebration of an artist's work can backfire horrendously if the covers aren't up to it, or reworkings can radically alter...

Review posted on 4th June 2007

Brian Buckley - For Her

Brian Buckley - For Her

Brian BuckleyFor HerAlbum Review Well, it's a surname with connotations, that's for sure. Despite having no familial link to the late Tim and Jeff Buckley, Brian Buckley will inevitably suffer comparisons to his namesakes, and...

Review posted on 4th June 2007

Lavender Diamond - Imagine Our Love

Lavender Diamond - Imagine Our Love

Lavender DiamondImagine Our LoveAlbum Review What to make of a band whose singer frequently sports fairy wings onstage? Such whimsical ostentation could come across as over-cloying tweeness were it not for the sheer quality of...

Review posted on 4th June 2007

Emma Pollock - Adrenaline

Emma Pollock - Adrenaline

Emma PollockAdrenalineSingle Review OK, let's get this over with quickly. At first listen 'Adrenaline' sounds like Coldplay. A lot. Like 'Clocks' to be exact. The similarities are so striking it would be rather amiss not...

Review posted on 4th June 2007

Voxtrot - Blood Red Blood

Voxtrot - Blood Red Blood

VoxtrotBlood Red BloodSingle Review They're a greedy lot, the Texans. Not content with roaming a state bigger than most countries, when they're not trying to take over the world (or at least those nice oily...

Review posted on 4th June 2007

Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank

Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank

Modest Mouse We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank Album Review There's always a slight twinge of trepidation when faced with a record that our trans-Atlantic brethren have been clutching tightly to their obese...

Review posted on 30th April 2007

Acoustic 07

Acoustic 07

Various Artists Acoustic 07 Album Review A double disc of acts grouped together like this is bound to send enough alarm bells ringing to dissuade any self-respecting music fan. The mere thought of a label...

Review posted on 30th April 2007

Newton Faulkner - I Need Something

Newton Faulkner - I Need Something

Newton Faulkner I Need Something Single Review Russian political dissident Alexandr Litvinenko was assassinated by unwittingly ingesting Polonium-210, a dangerous radioactive isotope that has the nasty habit of being able to kill people very very...

Review posted on 30th April 2007

The National - Mistaken For Strangers

The National - Mistaken For Strangers

The NationalMistaken For StrangersSingle Review It's on the edge - that metallic clunk, it's teetering on the edge towards feedback, before a hollow apocalyptic drum tattoo hurls everything over the precipice while Matt Berninger's gravest...

Review posted on 30th April 2007

Band Of Horses - The Funeral

Band Of Horses - The Funeral

Band Of Horses The Funeral Single Review Taken from 2006's Everything All The Time album, this single finds the South Carolina three-piece getting all epic on us. It's fitting to a certain extent that they've...

Review posted on 30th April 2007

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