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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...

School of Seven Bells // Ghostory

Thursday, April 19th 2012

"Music that wouldn’t sound out of place from downtown New York clubs to the soundtrack of a trippy Skins episode..."

Sean Paul // Tomahawk Technique

Saturday, April 14th 2012

"Sean Paul is at his best when he’s summoning the unstoppable rhythms of dancehall music, causing booties across the globe to give the junk inside they trunks a heft reshuffle."

Cancer Bats // Dead Set on Living

Saturday, April 14th 2012

"The stand out track for me would have to be the album’s second offering, ‘Bricks & Mortar’. The track really helped cement my love for this frankly fantastic record, pun very much intended."

Graham Coxon // A&E

Thursday, April 5th 2012

We have something that’s quite thoughtful, ploddy and dark in paces, as well as times of manic repetitious desperation and occasional pop riffs.

Maps & Atlases // Beware and Be Grateful

Thursday, April 5th 2012

You can just as easily be thrown into a hula world of calypso-type music out of nowhere, as in 'Silver Self' or into the Mexican tinged landscape you find in 'Bugs'.

Pinkunoizu // Free Time!

Thursday, April 5th 2012

This album is lo-fi, experimental, multi-layered, sparse and rich all at the same time and gets away with it in a way that not many could.

Reef // ’93 – ’03 Ultimate Collector’s Boxset

Wednesday, March 21st 2012

Reef present to us the 10 years that will always live on…

Paul Kelly // Songs From The South

Wednesday, March 21st 2012

From his home Country via ‘St Kilda To Kings Cross’ this well heeled troubadour is bound to get a warm reception...

Deeder Zaman aka Rebel Uprising // Pride of the Underdog

Wednesday, March 21st 2012

I would summarise it in great detail as a reggae/dub album that never really gets started.

R.E.M // Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage, 1982-2011

Wednesday, March 21st 2012

All you have to do is look at the track listing to make your life-changing decision as to whether this constitutes pennies well spent.

Naughty by Nature // Anthem Inc

Wednesday, March 21st 2012

Did you know that the Naughty by Nature bwoys have been going for 20 years? Holy hip hop.

InMe // The Pride

Wednesday, March 21st 2012

The songs manage to create a welcome illusion of something larger with their harmonious layers...

Estelle // All of Me

Wednesday, March 21st 2012

She cuts the figure of an international superstar – quite literally on ‘International (Serious), a jet-setter with America in large part, picking up the bill for her air miles.

The Ting Tings // Sounds from Nowheresville

Wednesday, March 21st 2012

"...ballad-like power chords, hip-hop, punk and indie to name a few styles represented."

Sound of Guns // Angels and Demons

Wednesday, March 21st 2012

These lads are big, they’re staying big and they’re only gonna get bigger, so check them out!

Breton // Other People's Problems

Wednesday, March 21st 2012

It’s disjointed but brilliantly rhythmic; it’s filthy sounding but sonically beautiful...

Field Music // Plumb

Thursday, February 2nd 2012

This is what Steely Dan would sound like if they started afresh in 2012. Orchestral at times, at others sounding a bit like The Feeling...

Alabama 3 // Shoplifting 4 Jesus

Thursday, February 2nd 2012

The heavy beats, the variety of sounds and pace throughout this album are like something I haven’t heard for a long time, something innovative, brave and...dare I say it, fun and unpretentious...

Young Guns // Bones

Thursday, February 2nd 2012

In this world of auto-tune and X-factor, some people still have the talent to produce such passionate and stunning songs...

Wallis Bird // Wallis Bird

Thursday, February 2nd 2012

Whilst Wallis Bird is clearly a talented songwriter, she needs to have a bit more focus when putting an album together.

The Twilight Sad // No-One Can Ever Know

Thursday, February 2nd 2012

Opening track, ‘Alphabet’, hits you smack in the face with some gorgeous, dirty synth sounds with barely a guitar in sight...

The Kabeedies // Soap

Thursday, February 2nd 2012

The second album, ‘Soap’, presents haunting tracks like ‘Bones’ and ‘LT’ which emulate the eeriness of the same fairground, now deserted...

Hyperpotamus // Delta

Thursday, January 12th 2012

There are elements of Medúlla-era Bjork on this entirely vocal work, alongside definite blues influences, which perhaps explains the choice of the title of the album...

Rodrigo y Gabriela and C.U.B.A // Area 52

Monday, January 9th 2012

"Every twang and utterance of El Rodri and La Gabi’s guitars exist with such symbiosis, entirely fulfilling the rich sound we’re used to hearing from them..."

Dan Sartain // Too Tough to Live

Monday, January 9th 2012

"Dan Sartain’s ‘Too Tough To Live’ is definitely one of those flukey and rare albums that you buy on loving the front cover, and are not let down on inserting the disc into the player..."

Enter Shikari // A Flash Flood of Colour

Monday, January 9th 2012

"One main theme of the lyrics, that are so cleverly written and performed, is that of politics and discussion of the world's current economic climate. It wouldn't be Enter Shikari without a little politics thrown in, right?"

The Lemonheads // Laughing All the Way to the Cleaners

Monday, January 9th 2012

"Apparently they had an album of covers out in 2009 which included guest vocals from people like Liv Tyler and Kate Moss (what? I know.)"

Milagres // Glowing Mouth

Monday, January 9th 2012

"If you're in the market for some non-confrontational background music, then this ‘Glowing Mouth’ album will be the one to steadily kick your New Year off with..."