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The Chrysalids // Neither Love Nor Money

Thursday, October 18th 2012

It is pleasant enough, but certainly nothing new to get too excited about. Nothing more than a Scott Walker tribute band.

Candidate // Psychic Dissonance From The Unself

Monday, October 15th 2012

"Eventually to be consigned to a wooden chest labelled ‘Derivatives’, they share their fleeting success with plenty of other bands..."

Princess Chelsea // Lil' Golden Book

Tuesday, October 9th 2012

Promising a dark twist on Disney classics, Princess Chelsea is an unlikely candidate for any magical soundtrack.

The Blind Hearts // Crying Shame

Tuesday, September 18th 2012

"It’s mainstream Ameriana at its best; the type of record that gets stuck in your head without you even realising it."

Dogan Mehmet // Outlandish

Sunday, August 26th 2012

One for fans of the Mumfords and world music...

Billy Talent // Dead Silence

Thursday, August 9th 2012

For an album called ‘Dead Silence’, Billy Talent’s newest offering is the very opposite. Irony maybe?

Stalking Horses // Specters

Wednesday, August 8th 2012

The new melancholy kids on the block Stalking Horses bring you their debut album Specters, chockablock full of ambience, electronica, and a very British ‘dead-end street’ message.

Yeasayer // Fragrant World

Wednesday, August 8th 2012

Over their three studio releases Yeasayer have definitely travelled on an exponentially poppier path, with ‘Fragrant World’ not only being their most recent, but also their most accessible work.

The Heartbreaks // Funtimes

Wednesday, August 8th 2012

Could this be the new McFly?

Milk Maid // Mostly No

Wednesday, August 8th 2012

"The album is as abrasive as a crocodile crotch cloth." Hmm...

Infants // Giant Leg

Wednesday, August 8th 2012

On first listen the totally bat shit sonics on the record provide a pleasant regression to the simple world of underage drinking and poppers.

Geva Alon // In The Morning Light

Wednesday, August 8th 2012

While Geva Alon sounds like the kind of made-up “active ingredient” they feature in L’Oréal adverts, there is nothing active about the start of this album.

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly // Maps

Sunday, August 5th 2012

Ellie reviews the latest album from Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.

Jim Lockey and the Solemn Sun // Death

Wednesday, August 1st 2012

Jim Lockey and the Solemn Sun's folk/punk fusion - is it a combination that can work for a whole album?

The See See // Fountayne Mountain

Sunday, July 29th 2012

West Coast psychedelic country rock from Detroit, Aukland, Malmo and Leeds, not feeling the Love.

Toy // Toy

Sunday, July 29th 2012

The debut album from the Horrors approved Toy. Anyone for a game of "spot the indie/alternative influence"?

Woodpecker Wooliams // The Bird School of Being Human

Wednesday, July 25th 2012

"Apparently each of the songs ‘came via a bird that had a story to tell’. Forgive me if I seem a little cynical..."

Mike Doughty // The Question Jar Show

Monday, July 23rd 2012

A Slightly hungover Jack Johnson.

The Beach Boys // That's Why God Made The Radio

Friday, July 20th 2012

The Beach Boys, 50 years on...

The Darkness // Hot Cakes

Thursday, July 12th 2012

"Punk and classic rock cross-over, it’s like the love child of Kiss and Sid vicious."

Plan B // iLL Manors

Tuesday, July 10th 2012

"Despite being a horrific album, subject wise, it’s sickeningly good. It’s a charming change to listen to album that MEANS something, that cuts deep, that makes you sit up and listen."

The Heartbreaks // Funtimes

Wednesday, July 4th 2012

"It’s all far too fast, frantic and repetitive, resulting in them creating a real marshmallow of a sound..."

Kaiser Chiefs // Souvenir: The Singles 2004-2012

Monday, July 2nd 2012

Listening to ‘Souvenir’ is like sitting in your favourite bar with Ricky Wilson and the rest of the Leeds likely lads, reminiscing about the good times.

ALT-J // An Awesome Wave LP

Monday, July 2nd 2012

Newman’s sighs between singing makes ‘Bloodflood’ sound creepy and like a panic attack during an acid trip.

The Flaming Lips // The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends

Thursday, June 28th 2012

"How did the conversation with Ke$ha even come about?! A casual chat over a goblet of blood?"

Ceremony // Safranin Sounds

Thursday, June 28th 2012

"What sounds like The Jesus And The Mary Chain playing out of the right-hand speaker and Kraftwerk out of the left just becomes too much..."

Delilah // From the Roots Up

Thursday, June 28th 2012

"Delilah has a super-cool vocal, a product of London town and music industry parents and a keen ear for songwriting too..."

Luke White // Outside In

Thursday, June 28th 2012

"Get a little closer for there is a great new British talent walking our streets..."

Tom Jones // Spirit in the Room

Thursday, June 28th 2012

"The final track and also the brightest moment, with its spine chilling choral finale, it is quite simply stunning"

Skinny Lister // Forge & Flagon

Tuesday, June 12th 2012

"By being recorded in a studio somewhere the nuanced vocals and the gutsy feeling of the whole thing is compromised."

Evans The Death // Evans The Death

Tuesday, June 12th 2012

"The combination of the hazy instrumentation over the poppy rhythms is great, and with Katherine Whitaker’s intriguing vocals topping it off they’ve certainly found their place..."

The Cult // Choice Of Weapon

Tuesday, June 12th 2012

"The Cult of 2012 sound like a super band with a Cornell/Bowie hybrid front man."

Ultravox // Brilliant

Tuesday, June 12th 2012

"They have decided to join the ranks of musicians reforming in this the 21st century of our world; it’s pretty awful, people."

Levellers // Static On The Airwaves

Tuesday, June 12th 2012

“‘Static on the Airwaves’ makes no hesitation at ripping the plaster off an ailing Britain…”

Patti Smith // Banga

Tuesday, June 12th 2012

“It’s a strange old mix of songs, at times jazzy and light, at others rocky and mystical…”

Project X OST // Various Artists

Tuesday, June 12th 2012

“The overall feel of the album does well to recreate the feel of the film; loud, hot, sweaty and violent…”

Sigur Ros // Valtari

Tuesday, June 12th 2012

"The instrumentation is gorgeous, and there’s even an unexpected hint of Godspeed you! Black Emperor in track 3 to tantalise your ears."

The Temper Trap // The Temper Trap

Tuesday, June 12th 2012

"If this album is ‘them’, they are confident, flexible, dramatic and sensitive all at the same time"

Damon Albarn // Dr Dee

Thursday, May 10th 2012

"Applecarts’, possibly one of my favourite songs ever already, is the most lovely, birdsongy, gentle and folky piece you will ever hear..." - Lizz reviews the new Albarn LP

Chris Isaak // Beyond the Sun

Friday, May 4th 2012

"Mr Isaak’s balls sadly are not on fire as he plays some truly unwicked games with some of the greatest classics ever recorded in the history of popular music." - Chris Isaak misses the mark for Outline's Steve Plunkett...