Music > Album Reviews

Wild Beasts // Present Tense

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

Nice yes, but we find ourselves looking for an “Eat Me. Drink Me” to take the adventure on a different direction.

The Rifles // None The Wiser

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

If you like your indie mod rock neatly pre-packaged and ready for mass consumption, then you’ll love humming the easy to remember chorus melodies as you strut around Glastonbury ’14 in a straw hat.

Bombay Bicycle Club // So Long, See You Tomorrow

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

Overdone’ rapidly takes on a Bollywood vibe. This, blurred with the kind of vocals and drumbeats you’d expect, suggest evolution, and not a complete move away from the early days.

Metronomy // Love Letters

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

Just because something is popular doesn’t mean it’s shit. And anyway, this band clearly aren’t like, Rihanna or Bieber or Queen B in their popularity.

Little Dragon // Nabuma Rubberband

Monday, April 28th 2014

Little Dragon are back, so ring the bell: it’s [press] play-time.

Embrace // Embrace

Monday, April 28th 2014

Embrace have succeeded in creating a giant, glittering pot of gold out of loads of ingredients

Brody Dalle // Diploid Love

Thursday, April 24th 2014

Brody is back.

The Amazing Snakeheads // Amphetamine Ballads

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014

"Dirty, psychedelic, industrial and undeniably sexy" - Let's get down with The Amazing Snakeheads...

Pixies // Indie Cindy

Tuesday, April 22nd 2014

The incomparable Pixies return after a 21 year dry spell, but was it worth the wait?

Grace Jones // Nightclubbing (Island Records)

Monday, April 7th 2014

Grace Jones eschewed the expectations of her colour by hoovering up the rock, art-pop and new wave palettes like cheap cocaine

Fruitful Earth // Rising Sun (Big Peach Records)

Monday, April 7th 2014

Smoky, classic 70s rock, influenced by bluesy lyrics and pace, with some good ol’ country to boot.

Paolo Nutini // Caustic Love

Monday, April 7th 2014

He’s in complete command of this album, changing the atmosphere from being fun, comfortable and up-beat to being something more slow and mournful.

Horse Party // Cover Your Eyes

Monday, March 24th 2014

A stunningly good debut from lynchpin of the Bury St Edmunds scene.

Tune-Yards // Nikki Nack

Tuesday, March 18th 2014

Tune-Yards' 3rd album still playful but produced

I Am Your Autopilot // The Stillness of the Sea

Tuesday, March 18th 2014

It’s more a mismatch of noises that clash together to eventually form a somewhat pleasant sound.

Blitz Kids // The Good Youth

Tuesday, March 18th 2014

Blitz Kids have succeeded in continuing their roll of high quality albums which I think is safe to say excuses the delay they’ve had in releasing the album.

Raglans – Raglans (Independent Records Ltd)

Monday, March 17th 2014

They already have their own loyal followers drooling at their every move and it’s no wonder as they don’t half knock out a good tune or three.

Flatlands and Garage Flowers // Animals - EP

Thursday, March 13th 2014

A sound that’s as crisp and fresh as a sharp frost on a winter’s day as the wind blows in, from over the Shropshire hills.

The Twang // Neontwang

Tuesday, March 11th 2014

Good build-up, but missed the point

Nobodaddy // Longing for a Flight

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

They're longing for a flight, we're longing for them to broaden their musical horizons.

François and the Atlas Mountains // Piano Ombre

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

French-English repetitiveness.

Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures // Gin

Tuesday, March 4th 2014

Go on this musical journey - you'll love it.

Asgeir // In The Silence

Wednesday, February 26th 2014

The sound is a folky post-rock, sharing roots with Sigur Ros, Of Monsters & Men and Mugison, albeit with a large dose of Talk Talk.

The Rise And Fall Of The Clash // DVD Review

Wednesday, February 26th 2014

The picture it paints is of a band destined to implode almost from the beginning, due to personality clashes, the pressure of success and opposing ideas of what The Clash should be.

We Are Catchers // We Are Catchers

Monday, February 24th 2014

Musical serenity drenched in happiness.

Caravan Palace // Panic

Monday, February 24th 2014

A great clash between the music scene of now and then.

Basia Bulat // Tall Tall Shadow

Sunday, February 23rd 2014

Well crafted, well played but ultimately a little too middle of the road to truly excite.

Eagulls // Eagulls Partisan Records

Monday, February 17th 2014

Gothy post-punk is in rude health.

Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra // Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Every Thing

Tuesday, February 11th 2014

Seventh album from Constellation's most interesting if challenging band. Hard listening but rewarding.

Skindred // Kill The Power

Wednesday, January 22nd 2014

Skindred are one of those bands who refuse to be pigeonholed and their fifth album is no different. More polished and produced than previous releases, 'Kill The Power' is still full of their signature rasta-metal stylings.

Mogwai // Rave Tapes

Monday, January 13th 2014

Post-rock heroes hit the peaks with their most consistent album yet.

Snowbird // Moon

Thursday, December 19th 2013

For full satisfaction, ignore the players and concentrate on the music.

Esmerine // Dalmak

Thursday, November 14th 2013

Esmerine add Turkish & Middle Eastern influences to their already beguiling post rock

Natalie McCool // Natalie McCool

Wednesday, November 13th 2013

She really wins me over with her penultimate track Dust & Coal, an infectious little guitar lick alongside solid harmonies.

Monster Magnet // Last Patrol

Sunday, November 3rd 2013

The pioneers of stoner-rock have returned to reclaim the beard-and-mirror-shades look from ZZ Top. Dave Wyndorf and his crew are back with 'Last Patrol', Monster Magnet's tenth studio release, comprising nine tracks of classic material.

Dan le sac vs. Scroobius Pip // Repent, Replenish, Repeat

Thursday, October 24th 2013

Efforts to spice things up with the addition of Flux Pavilion works especially well on the swashbuckling ménage a trois of Gold Teeth

Moby // Innocents

Wednesday, October 23rd 2013

Innocents is an incredibly accessible album, most likely because of the subtle but frequent comments on the nature of being human.

New Model Army // Between Dog And Wolf

Tuesday, October 1st 2013

A welcome return from one of the least fashionable but most passionate bands that these islands have produced. Brings back happy memories of human pyramids at 80s festivals without relying on past glories.

Eyes Set To Kill // Masks

Thursday, September 26th 2013

'Masks' is a mix of melodic female vocals and, for the first time, male metal screaming. Eyes Set To Kills riffs are heavy, the drums thundering, the vocals strong.

The 1975 // Chocolate

Tuesday, September 17th 2013

The 1975 are hitting the scene hard. Let’s hope their hitting hard enough to get a reaction.