Music > Album Reviews

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.

Janelle Monáe // The Electric Lady

Thursday, September 12th 2013

It’s not all space-aged eccentricity!

Arctic Monkeys // AM

Wednesday, September 4th 2013

They’re not just four guys playing music anymore, they are Rock Stars.

Deaf Havana // Old Souls

Tuesday, August 27th 2013

Deaf Havana are back with their new album, Old Souls, and they seem to be leaving their more raw sound with their old album as they progress into a more polished, radio-ready sound.

Mark Lanegan // Imitations

Sunday, August 25th 2013

Lanegan takes us back. Way back.

Hjaltalin // Enter 4

Wednesday, August 21st 2013

Perhaps mental illness had taken its toll on Hjaltalin more than I thought, as it was a schizophrenic start, and it didn’t promise to get any more cogent.

Turin Brakes // We Were Here

Thursday, August 8th 2013

From their first LP; The Optimist in 2001, London folk duo Turin Brakes will release their sixth album, entitled “We Were Here”, but will it live up to their past decade of music?

Tegan & Sara // Hearthrob

Wednesday, July 31st 2013

The songs aren’t as personal as previous efforts.

Foals // Holyfire

Wednesday, July 31st 2013

Enough hidden charm to warrant the multiple listens it might need.

Rilo Kiley // Rkives

Wednesday, July 31st 2013

The album is a good mix of country infused melancholy melody and alt indie epics.

Savages // Silence Yourself

Wednesday, July 31st 2013

This is the most vital, essential, urgent music I’ve heard in a long time.

Tropical Popsicle // Dawn Of Delight

Wednesday, July 31st 2013

With a name like Tropical Popsicle, I really wanted to like this band.

Stereophonics // Graffiti On A Train

Wednesday, July 31st 2013

This is so much an album they wanted to make, not explorations of a blueprint set out for them, and it makes an interesting listen.

The Experimental Tropic Blues Band // Liquid Love

Wednesday, July 31st 2013

The entire album is raw with its unedited music that makes the album appear fresh.

Balthazar // Rats

Wednesday, July 31st 2013

A versatile, diverse album that fits neatly into the parameters of its genre.

The Pigeon Detectives // We Met at Sea

Wednesday, July 31st 2013

Gone are any hints of childish try-hard music, that occasionally appeared in previous attempts, replaced with a more confident and comfortable style.

Phoenix // Bankrupt

Wednesday, July 31st 2013

It's always difficult for a band to live up to the word revolutionary.

Money // The Shadow of Heaven

Wednesday, July 31st 2013


Shirock // Everything Burns

Wednesday, July 31st 2013

Both their musical talent is showcased expertly in this album.

Drenge // Drenge

Wednesday, July 31st 2013

I like to imagine Tom Watson throwing an absolute shit fit in his local constituency office.

Acid Washed // House of Melancholy

Wednesday, July 31st 2013

Hold on to your harem pants and take tight hold of the ever-shrinking edges of your crop top.

Pet Shop Boys // Electric (x2)

Wednesday, July 31st 2013

The group seemed to inhabit this kinda subverted sleaziness.

Disclosure // Settle

Wednesday, July 31st 2013

Man, these boys make me want to buy a Citroen Saxo and drive it endlessly round the inner sanctum of the City Walls.

Money // The Shadow of Heaven

Monday, July 29th 2013

Money - The Shadow of Heaven

The Specials // More... Or Less

Wednesday, July 17th 2013

They feed off the energy of their audience and really shine.

Horse Party // Scarlet & Blue

Wednesday, July 17th 2013

They have struck the perfect balance of having their own sound without becoming repetitive.

These New Puritans // Field Of Reeds

Thursday, July 4th 2013

Kieren reviews a complex third album by These New Puritans.

Queens of The Stone Age // ...Like Clockwork

Wednesday, June 19th 2013

Despite the pressure being one of the most hyped up albums for the band, …Like Clockwork shows a more raw and personal edge to their unique sound and is their most musically diverse album yet.

Saltland // I Thought It Was Us But It Was All Of Us

Sunday, June 2nd 2013

Solo project of the star in the Constellation collective.

Goo Goo Dolls // Magnetic

Tuesday, May 28th 2013

..makes you, FORCES YOU to put the top down on your car and drive to the beach in the summer sun..

Hugh Laurie // Didn't It Rain

Saturday, May 25th 2013

Yay it's Hugh Laurie! (And his second album of jazz and blues.)

Magic Arm // Images Rolling

Saturday, May 25th 2013

Kieren reviews Magic Arm's second album, Images Rolling.

Sigur Ros // Kveikur

Tuesday, May 21st 2013

New Sigur Ros album? OK!

The Crystal Fighters // Cave Rave

Tuesday, May 21st 2013

Second track ‘LA Calling’, an acoustic, indie sing-along classic [...] makes you reach for the BBQ rather than the lasers.