Music > Album Reviews

Speck Mountain // Badwater

Wednesday, January 9th 2013

This is an even sheet of dream pop; let it drift over you as you dirft away.

Sonic Youth // Smart Bar Chicago 1985

Sunday, January 6th 2013

One for the Sonic Youth aficianado rather than for the newcomer.

The Blackout // Start The Party

Wednesday, December 12th 2012

The Blackout's newest offering to the ever growing British rock scene, Start The Party completely reflects their energetic, fun-filled shows

My Dying Bride // A Map Of All Our Failures

Tuesday, November 27th 2012

Their newest album, 'A Map Of All Our Failures', is typical of the Yorkshire group's material - solemn, epic and heavily layered - a perfect example of what 'doom metal' should be.

Lau // Race the Loser

Monday, November 5th 2012

This isn’t an album for folk lovers, this is an album for music lovers and not only deserves but manages to command your full attention when listening to it.

Breathless // Green to Blue

Monday, November 5th 2012

This is by no means a bad record, the stark melancholy of some of the tracks is really quite beautiful...

Dog Is Dead // All our Favourite Stories

Tuesday, October 30th 2012

"‘All our Favourite Stories’ is nothing Mumford and Sons, Arcade Fire, Noah and the Whale and Alt-J haven’t conquered before."

Godspeed You! Black Emperor // Allelulujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

Sunday, October 28th 2012

Pavlis ascends but doesn't bend with GY!BE.

The Unthanks // Diversions Vol 3

Sunday, October 28th 2012

The Unthanks sing songs from the shipyards

The Lovely Eggs // Wildlife

Sunday, October 28th 2012

The Lovely Eggs present Wildlife

Seeker Lover Keeper // Seeker Lover Keeper

Wednesday, October 24th 2012

Underlined with unease, an eerie quality hidden behind a thick wall of notes and vocals. Like coming home to an unlocked door.

Paul Heaton // Presents the 8th

Thursday, October 18th 2012

Heaton the smoking woman’s crumpet, the working / thinking man’s idea of a proper bloke might just have delivered the white man’s answer to ‘What’s Going On’?

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..."