Author: Sharon Edge

Seeland - Black Dot, White Spider

Seeland - Black Dot, White Spider

A giddily, unrepentantly tacky mock tudor mansion. A vast reception room, featureless except for a extravagant fountain, a handful of tastelessly positioned potted plants, and a marble staircase which winds its way into the heart...

Review posted on 25th October 2010

Queens of the Stone Age - 3s & 7s / Christian Brothers

Queens of the Stone Age - 3s & 7s / Christian Brothers

Queens of the Stone Age, 3s & 7s / Christian BrothersSingle ReviewBack out of the desert comes Josh Homme, guitar in one hand, with another headful of ideas that he's eager to unleash upon the...

Review posted on 12th June 2007

The Motorettes - I Am Blisters

The Motorettes - I Am Blisters

The MotorettesI Am BlistersSingle ReviewWhat better way to push home the power and rawness of your guitar riffing, than by having a terse acapella intro before the rambunctious instrumentals of your power trio kicks in?...

Review posted on 30th October 2006

Blue October - Hate Me

Blue October - Hate Me

Blue October Hate Me Single ReviewAlthough the words ' Yes I do' cannot exactly constitute a comprehensive and balanced review, they will remain as the overriding thought when faced with this self-pitying dirge. A mid-tempo,...

Review posted on 27th September 2006

Touriste - What We Are

Touriste - What We Are

TouristeWhat We AreEP ReviewTouriste name Coldplay, Snow Patrol and Radiohead amongst their influences and their grown-up, streamlined rock 'n' roll certainly owes a huge debt to those who've gone before them. They don't mention Athlete,...

Review posted on 22nd February 2006

Obedientbone - Aware

Obedientbone - Aware

Obedientbone AwareEP ReivewPure, unadulterated musical gorgeousness pouring out of the west country. Obedientbone are, officially, a drum and bass outfit. But their infectious energy, full-on vocals and dirty, dirty loops mean this is d 'n'...

Review posted on 22nd February 2006

Viva Stereo - Patterns of Behaviour

Viva Stereo - Patterns of Behaviour

Viva StereoPatterns of BehaviourAlbum ReviewThe second album from Glasgow's incredibly creative Viva Stereo. Buckle up for a bewitching musical journey through every genre you can think of and then some - all with an edgy,...

Review posted on 22nd February 2006

The Most Terrifying Thing - Victoriana

The Most Terrifying Thing - Victoriana

The Most Terrifying ThingVictorianaAlbum ReviewWhere have all the good rock albums gone? It's been one of my constant gripes lately. Thank goodness then for the awkwardly-named Most Terrifying Thing. Anyone looking for the heirs of...

Review posted on 22nd February 2006

Johnny Fitz Promotion - Johnny Fitz Promotion

Johnny Fitz Promotion - Johnny Fitz Promotion

Johnny Fitz Promotion Johnny Fitz Promotion EP ReviewA six-track EP from the south coast's answer to the Arctic Monkeys? Expect buoyant melodies, exuberant drumming and loads of jangly guitar. Over the top of all this...

Review posted on 22nd February 2006

Concho - Concho

Concho - Concho

Concho Concho Album ReviewWhen multi-instrumentalist GK Wicker moved to the wide open vistas of the Southern Californian desert he reinvented himself as DJ Concho. He then poured his images and feelings about his new state...

Review posted on 22nd February 2006

Gary Gray - Beautiful Evil

Gary Gray - Beautiful Evil

Gary Gray with Funky BluesBeautiful EvilAlbum ReviewA fine collection of eleven smooth, slinky tracks that scream to be listened to on a faux leather couch whilst drinking a latte and reading the Sunday papers. There...

Review posted on 22nd February 2006

Massive Attack - Live with me

Massive Attack - Live with me

Massive Attack Live with meSingle ReviewYou never know what Massive Attack will do next. One moment they're creating albums of the decade (Blue Lines) and the next they've gone off the boil to such a...

Review posted on 21st February 2006

Children Of Bodom - Are you dead yet?

Children Of Bodom - Are you dead yet?

Children of Bodom Are you dead yet? Album ReviewA mixed bag of speed metal, melodic death metal and power metal from Finland. Throat-shredding, distorted vocals, screaming guitars and precision drumming combine to make a full-on...

Review posted on 21st February 2006

Alkaline Trio - Burn

Alkaline Trio - Burn

Alkaline TrioBurnSingle ReviewAlkaline Trio continue to stand out from the crowd of emo/indie/rock n rollers. Burn is lifted from their current album Crimson and, reflecting their sonic mission to create 'lyrical hell and pop heaven',...

Review posted on 21st February 2006

KoRn - See You on The Other Side

KoRn - See You on The Other Side

KoRn See You on The Other SideAlbum ReviewSo many bands who last more than a couple of albums start to grow up and go all clean and tidy after a while. It's a side effect...

Review posted on 21st February 2006

The Knife - Silent Shout

The Knife - Silent Shout

The KnifeSilent Shout Single ReviewNever judge a CD by the cover. This one looked likely to be a scary death metal offering, but it's nothing of the kind. The Knife describe their sound as 'Massive...

Review posted on 20th February 2006

Placebo - Because I Want You

Placebo - Because I Want You

PlaceboBecause I Want You Single ReviewPlacebo are one of those bands whose early success continues to dog their career. Pearl Jam never surpassed Ten, Feeder have never come close to Polythene and Placebo, like it...

Review posted on 20th February 2006

We Are Scientists - It's a Hit

We Are Scientists - It's a Hit

We Are ScientistsIt's a HitSingle ReviewLifted from their infectious album With Love and Squalor and full of all the charm and energy you'd expected from the naughty New Yorkers. Expect melodic guitars, busy basslines and...

Review posted on 20th February 2006

The Rifles - Local Boy

The Rifles - Local Boy

The RiflesLocal BoySingle ReviewThis rough and ready little single is so much like The Jam, that whether you think it's a stroke of retro genius or a sub-standard replication of a classic sound depends entirely...

Review posted on 8th December 2005

Weapons of Mass Belief - Death of a Nation

Weapons of Mass Belief - Death of a Nation

Weapons of Mass BeliefDeath of a Nation British punk inspired rock/rap featuring a brother and sister team on vocals. Add a foxy blonde drummer, a hooky, anthemic chorus and a sprinkling of either Rage Against...

Review posted on 8th December 2005

Rammstein - Rosenrot

Rammstein - Rosenrot

RammsteinRosenrotThe fifth studio album from Germany's most influential musical export since Kraftwerk. Infamous for their elaborate live pyro-technics and sexually charged performances, this industrial metal sextet, have gathered a huge and loyal following around the...

Review posted on 8th December 2005

Alkaline Trio - Mercy Me

Alkaline Trio - Mercy Me

The Alkaline TrioMercy MeSingle ReviewThis new tune from the pop/punk trio Morriseyalikes is surprisingly refreshing. Although these guys have avoided being stuck on the shit stick of pop punk nothingness, they have got away all...

Review posted on 8th December 2005

Drive Through Records - Greatest Hits

Drive Through Records - Greatest Hits

Drive Thru RecordsGreatest HitsAlbum Review16 tracks of pre-pubescent sounding boys singing emo nonsense through their noses. New Found Glory, The Starting Line and Something Corporate are amongst those who score 2 tracks each, with the...

Review posted on 8th December 2005

Audioslave - Doesn't Remind Me

Audioslave - Doesn't Remind Me

AudioslaveDoesn't Remind MeSingle ReviewOh, Audioslave. Why doesn't it work? I want it to work. It should work. But this bird just don't fly. Nothing in the world can detract from Chris Cornell's unsurpassable voice. The...

Review posted on 8th December 2005

Warren Suicide - Fulford

Warren Suicide - Fulford

Warren SuicideFulfordA peculiar and creative trio from Berlin have come up with a blockbuster of a single. Their band is named after an imaginary and rather disturbing character who features on the CD artwork, courtesy...

Review posted on 8th December 2005

Nervous Nellie - Don't Think Feel

Nervous Nellie - Don't Think Feel

Nervous NellieDon't Think FeelSwedish pop-rockers deliver an album full of chirpy, quirky guitar-based songs. There are plenty of retro and contemporary influences here. The shadow of the Lemonheads falls across Personal Elvis and Home Made...

Review posted on 8th December 2005

The Kooks - You Don't Love Me

The Kooks - You Don't Love Me

The KooksYou Don't Love MeIf you're loving the retro vibe of Arctic Monkeys then this is another one for you, courtesy of upcoming Brighton four piece, The Kooks. Most distinctive is the vocal delivery which...

Review posted on 8th December 2005

Spinto Band - Brown Boxes

Spinto Band - Brown Boxes

The Spinto BandBrown BoxesSingle ReviewYet another addition to the overcrowded stable of indie-rock bands where Kaiser Chiefs and (We are Scientists) reign supreme. Brown Boxes has a slightly ironic fifties feel to it, but...

Review posted on 10th November 2005

Lucky Nine - True Crown Foundation Songs

Lucky Nine - True Crown Foundation Songs

The Lucky NineTrue Crown Foundation SongsAlbum ReviewThis is post-hardcore with a nice slice of punk and some big rock riffs. Opening track Vessel and Vine displays a very hooky, Nirvana-esque chorus. That's followed by Sweet...

Review posted on 10th November 2005

Reuben - Very Fast Very Dangerous

Reuben - Very Fast Very Dangerous

ReubenVery Fast Very DangerousAlbum ReviewHere's a band who wear their influences on their sleeve. Much of this album sounds like a sequel to Nirvana's Bleach – check out the first single, Keep it To Yourself...

Review posted on 10th November 2005

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