Author: Sam Marland

The Ordinary Boys - The Ordinary Boys Album Review

The Ordinary Boys - The Ordinary Boys Album Review

Any fans expecting a return to The Ordinary Boys' earlier sound will be surprised by the vast departure served up at times on this self-titled album. Gone are the quintessentially English sounds of 'Over The...

Review posted on 1st October 2015

Beady Eye - BE Album Review

Beady Eye - BE Album Review

If Beady Eye's first album Different Gear Still Speeding sounded like the musical equivalent of when a teacher has walked out of a classroom for five minutes, then the minimally titled BE is certainly the...

Review posted on 5th August 2013

Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball Album Review

Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball Album Review

The Boss' renaissance period continues in the shape of Wrecking Ball, his performance at Glastonbury in 2009 was one that introduced him to a new generation of fans and his well-received releases since that successful...

Review posted on 10th December 2012

The Heartbreaks - Funtimes

The Heartbreaks - Funtimes

To most, Morecambe is a forgotten seaside town which today only contains flickers and embers of its former glories, but, to jangle indie pop quartet The Heartbreaks, it's a way of life, an inspiration, their...

Review posted on 28th May 2012

Stone Roses Reunion Feature

Stone Roses Reunion Feature

'Our plan's to shake up the world' said Ian Brown in response to the first question that was fired his way at this most eagerly awaited of press conferences in London's Soho on Tuesday afternoon....

Review posted on 15th March 2012

Hard-Fi - Killer Sounds

Hard-Fi - Killer Sounds

Look who's back from a four year break in the wilderness! Having released their first two albums in consecutive years, Staines four piece Hard Fi have returned with a new direction and drive in the...

Review posted on 12th September 2011

Bon Savants - Post Rock Defends The Nation

Bon Savants - Post Rock Defends The Nation

Bon Savants most potent weapons are singer Thom Moran's varied and powerful vocals, Why This Could Never Work Between us, is testament to that, showcasing his ability to hit the highest of notes with ease...

Review posted on 15th June 2011

The Overtones - The Longest Time

The Overtones - The Longest Time

The Story of the Overtones is one that really only exists in movie scripts, the story is an idyllic one, a bunch of painter and decorators were singing for fun during a well earned tea...

Review posted on 1st June 2011

Miles Kane - Colour Of My Trap

Miles Kane - Colour Of My Trap

He's been a Little Flame, had a stint as a Last Shadow Puppet, and he's even had a stint as a Rascal, but now Miles Kane has become...well Miles Kane. Scratching around looking for the...

Review posted on 26th May 2011

Various Artists - Brit Awards 2011

Various Artists - Brit Awards 2011

With three albums worth of music, there is certainly a lot to get your teeth into with this years Brit award collection album. Its obvious from looking at the track listing (as well as the...

Review posted on 14th April 2011

The Memory Band - Oh my days

The Memory Band - Oh my days

The memory band, a little known British Folk act that seem more like a collective, they boast more members than the Arcade Fire, and could easily form a football team with their 10 strong musical...

Review posted on 5th April 2011

REM - Collapse Into Now

REM - Collapse Into Now

REM, I feel, do not get enough credit for the way in which they've grown old gracefully. Without mentioning any names, (U2) many other mega bands have found it hard to enjoy a long career...

Review posted on 28th March 2011

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Noah and the Whale - Last Night On Earth

Noah and the Whale - Last Night On Earth

It feels like Noah and the Whale have been away for ages, well they actually haven't. Debut album Peaceful The World Lays Me Down was a roaring success, singles 5 Years Time and Shape Of...

Review posted on 17th February 2011

White Lies - Ritual

White Lies - Ritual

White Lies are not a band content with standing still, their debut album To lose my life.. exhibited a band of ambitious tendencies, creating a sound not designed, nor content to play anything but arenas...

Review posted on 17th February 2011

Mirrors - Lights and Offerings

Mirrors - Lights and Offerings

When you press play on the debut album by Mirrors and the first track Fear Of Drowning begins, you could be mistaken for thinking it was an electro/synth version of Baba O'Reilly. Wouldn't that be...

Review posted on 14th February 2011

The Blue Eyed Shark Experiment - The Fluffer

The Blue Eyed Shark Experiment - The Fluffer

If you're hoping for a straight up generic record that holds no surprises and blends into the background, then The Fluffer is not for you!From the off it's a theatrical affair swamped in adventurous production...

Review posted on 2nd December 2010

The Morning Benders - Big Echo

The Morning Benders - Big Echo

Big Echo is the second album from California four piece The Morning Benders and shows the now New York based band move their sound to the next level, kicking on from where their debut album...

Review posted on 1st December 2010

Elliott Smith - An Introduction to. Elliott Smith

Elliott Smith - An Introduction to. Elliott Smith

This isn't the first Elliott Smith compilation released after the artists tragic death and it certainly won't be the last. One thing that isn't up for debate is the quality of the songs featured. Ballad...

Review posted on 12th October 2010

Tricky - Mixed Race

Tricky - Mixed Race

Tricky, a subversive phenomenon of the 90s has continued to plough on with his brand of Trip-hop during times of great change, the mid 90s seem an age ago now and Tricky feels like a...

Review posted on 13th September 2010

Chief - Modern Rituals

Chief - Modern Rituals

This California four piece find themselves all of a sudden signed to Domino, like a bolt out of the blue, they find themselves rubbing shoulders with some very successful acts - they must be doing...

Review posted on 10th September 2010

Orphan Boy - Passion, Pain & Loyalty

Orphan Boy - Passion, Pain & Loyalty

There's something a touch old skool about Orphan Boy, they sound very 90s at times which differentiates them from many of their contempories. For example, an Oasis styled, feedback intro brings this album to life...

Review posted on 9th September 2010

Magic Kids - Memphis

Magic Kids - Memphis

Like many others before them, Magic kids borrow heavily from the sound of The Beach Boys and Phil Spector. The Thrills made this work for one album at least before wilting by the wayside, and...

Review posted on 9th September 2010

Will And The People - Morning Sun

Will And The People - Morning Sun

White people making reggae, how often does it work? Well history tells us it can go two ways. The worst that can happen, is you end up sounding like UB40, no scrap that, the worst...

Review posted on 2nd August 2010

Tom Jones - Praise and Blame

Tom Jones - Praise and Blame

Predictably, the concept of Praise and Blame has repetitively been likened to that of the late Johnny Cash and his own covers album American IV: The Man Comes Around. And it's a fair observation, it's...

Review posted on 29th July 2010

Mystery Jets - Serotonin

Mystery Jets - Serotonin

The Mystery Jets releasing their third album on as many labels, surely makes them some kind of indie nomads, no? The band have never sold many records in truth, its worth noting that their debut...

Review posted on 21st July 2010

Mountain Man - Made the Harbour

Mountain Man - Made the Harbour

As the Nu folk revolution gathers pace, more and more acts seem to be pouring out of the genre as labels look to capitalise on the movement. The success of Mumford and Sons particularly, has...

Review posted on 12th July 2010

Kasper Rosa - EP2

Kasper Rosa - EP2

Like a series of mini film scores, Kasper Rosa deliver their EP2 in the strangest of formats. This must be the longest EP of all time, with its running time of 39 minutes, it's not...

Review posted on 12th July 2010

Ed Harcourt - Lustre

Ed Harcourt - Lustre

Having parted ways with EMI, Ed Harcourt has gone it alone, releasing fifth studio album Lustre on his own label. It seems like an age since his debut Here Be Monsters, but Harcourt has lost...

Review posted on 12th July 2010

Deer Tick - The Black Dirt Sessions

Deer Tick - The Black Dirt Sessions

Curiously named after a choice encounter with a parasite during a forest hike, Deer Tick return with their third album in four years. The Black Dirt Sessions were recorded during the same sessions as previous...

Review posted on 12th July 2010

Isle of Wight Festival - 2010

Isle of Wight Festival - 2010

Getting to the Isle of Wight festival involves a fair bit of transport, you're not on any of it for long, but come the end of it, you feel like only a plane is needed...

Review posted on 21st June 2010

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