Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool

May 16th, 2016 by

Your first impression of a Radiohead album is not going to cut the mustard. Like all of their recent stuff, and by recent I’m talking the last 15-20 years, the more you listen, the more is revealed. This isn’t a mistake, or chance, or pure luck. Here’s a band that still believe in the concept […]

David Bowie – Beyond Blackstar

January 14th, 2016 by

BLACKSTAR Blackstar starts out hesitantly. The off kilter snare hits, the tremulous vocals. Bowie’s voice is delicate and crystalline, like the sax that plays around and intertwines with it. In the middle of the track, it changes tempo and tack, reminding me of Station to Station. The records seem similar in build, in design. Station […]

Public Image Ltd – What The World Needs Now…

September 25th, 2015 by

What the world needs now, is love, sweet love, breathed Jackie DeShannon back in the middle of the swinging sixties. John Lydon didn’t get the memo, not if ‘Double Trouble’, the opening track of PiL’s new album is anything to go by. A four-minute, Neu-infused, expletive laced treatise on a broken toilet. “Domestos is Domestic […]

Led Zeppelin’s Last Three

July 31st, 2015 by

Inevitably, after the re-lived joy of Led Zeppelin’s first six albums released in all their “deluxe” glory, we come to this, the final triptych in the Zep legend. Here’s where the story ends. The final three offerings, one of which is a compilation of outtakes that spans their career, have never been held in the […]

Faith No More – Sol Invictus

May 28th, 2015 by

Finally, Faith No More return after a break of 18 years. 18 years. That’s millions. When bands disappear and come back like this, it’s almost always a disaster. There’s a danger that they’d be trying too hard, or that they’ve reformed for the wrong reasons: It’s tempting to wonder which one of them has the […]

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress

April 9th, 2015 by

The booming waltz shuffle of the opening track ‘Peasantry Or ‘Light! Inside Of Light!’’s overture gives fair warning. This will be no Blue Danube. Notes of the riff dragged out for as long as they can be, huge sound upon huge sound, behemoths crashing against each other. Unstoppable forces meeting immovable objects, the sound of […]

Interpol – El Pintor

September 9th, 2014 by

It’s 12 years now since Interpol’s first album, Turn on The Bright Lights. At the time there was something fresh in their retro vibe. As city-mates The Strokes ransacked CBGB’s proto punk for their sound, with undeniable aplomb, Interpol picked over the corpses of post punk, borrowing from the British canon. Many names were checked […]

Peter Hook….sounds of future past

July 1st, 2014 by

Ever since party ways with New Order, Peter Hook been revisiting his past in the company of his new band The Light, touring the entire Joy Division catalogue and the first couple of NO records to rave reviews from all over the world. He returns to Ireland next week for a show as part of […]

Led Zeppelin – I, II, III

June 5th, 2014 by

Led Zeppelin wrote the book on Rock and Roll. They didn’t invent it, not at all. In fact there’s some that would argue they’ve done little original in their lifespan, but they defined the largess, the weighty riffs, the bacchanalian backstage and sheer scale of all that rock music could achieve. And now, in case […]

Blondie – 4(O) Ever

May 19th, 2014 by

There’s a scene in that BBC documentary about Blondie, One Way or Another, when the band are being inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Former members Frank Infante and Nigel Harrision have turned up. There’s real tension. The two lads clearly have issues with how it all went down, about how, now […]

Anna Calvi – One Breath

October 7th, 2013 by

On her debut album, Anna Calvi created odd, fleeting, dark spaces – leaving room where the twang of her guitar echoed. One Breath a far denser with more layers, more instruments. From the use of electronics to copious bass guitar tones and the addition of a chorus of swooning strings here and there, it seems […]

Nirvana – In Utero

September 27th, 2013 by

It’s pretty clear that had Nirvana’s third album been their first major label release, there may not have been another. Ironically, this was the band that Geffen had signed, not that ultra sleek, self-contained, Butch Vig produced Alternative Rock band that sold 30 million records. No wonder Kurt was confused. But he had made it, […]

The Twilight Sad – Dublin

April 23rd, 2013 by

Twilight Sad

Given that the Twilight Sad sound so much like the music I remember listening to during the gothic phase of the 1980s, I was half-expecting the audience to comprise of people wearing black wedding dresses, tie-died shirts and 38-hole Doc Martens. They aren’t, not even in an ironic way, but they are a generous mix […]