Taylor Swift – Reputation

November 21st, 2017 by

Back in 1994 Pink Floyd released The Division Bell and a reviewer stated: it was difficult to review the band as we are all aware of their canon and their reputation. He wondered how would he review this release if it was their debut album? It highlighted the difficulty for the reviewer, namely, can we divorce what […]


Jessie Ware – Glasshouse

October 31st, 2017 by

Dynamic English singer songwriter Jessie Ware can boast guest vocalist appearances for the likes of grime and dubstep artist Joker and SBTRKT, but she’s also a critically acclaimed, accomplished artist in her own right. Having released strong records in Devotion (2012) and Tough Love (2014), Ware has just recently dropped her latest studio full-length Glasshouse.  Album opener ‘Midnight’ starts out with a […]


Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun

September 29th, 2017 by

Hiss Spun is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Chelsea Wolfe and sees her back in the familiar territory of dark, dramatic gothic doom rock. Troy Van Leeuwen (Queens of The Stone Age) is on guitar duties and he brings his inimitable style to the proceedings as does Isis’ Aaron Turner on guest vocals. ‘Spun’ drags you […]


Tori Amos – Native Invader

September 11th, 2017 by

When Tori Amos released her debut album the cliche of ‘girl with piano must be compared to Kate Bush’ was trotted out with dreary regularity. Amos is, and always has been. much more than a pale imitation of Kate. They are nothing alike, and she has forged her own path and created a body of […]


RMCK – RMCK

August 24th, 2017 by

RMCK is the eponymous EP from a Belfast artist that wishes to remain anonymous. Making use of distorted banjo and loops he states that: “RMCK works alone and is solely interested in crafting music that they find interesting.” Music with a manifesto is what rock should be all about, after all. Opener ‘Mercer’ hits heavy with […]


Grizzly Bear – Painted Ruins

August 23rd, 2017 by

Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, multi- instrumentalists Grizzly Bear return with Painted Ruins, their first album since 2012’s Shields. And indeed, it finds the foursome of Ed Droste, Christopher Bear, Chris Taylor and Daniel Rossen in fine form. ‘Wasted Acres’ is cold and haunting with a reverb sparseness that sets the tone for Painted Ruins. Droste asks “Were you even […]


Dan Croll – Emerging Adulthood

July 27th, 2017 by

Dan Croll is a 27 year old British singer-songwriter, graduate of Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) and, on the evidence of his second album Emerging Adulthood destined to be in the music game for a long time to come. ‘One of us’ is driven by a four to the floor beat carried by thumping distorted bass […]


Lana Del Rey – Lust For Life

July 25th, 2017 by

Having first came into the public consciousness on a wave of hype at the time of her spellbinding single ‘Video Games’ in 2012, it was always debatable whether Lana Del Rey was going to be a stylish flash in the pan. As she arrives at the release of her fifth album, the proof seems to […]


Imagine Dragons – Evolve

June 26th, 2017 by

Imagine Dragons consist of lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, lead guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist and keyboardist Ben McKee and drummer Daniel Platzmen. If you don’t know them by name you will definitely know them from their signature tune: ‘Radioactive’. On this, their third album Evolve, they are looking to replicate its success. ‘I Don’t Know Why?’ introduces an icy synth sound before presenting a […]


Royal Blood – How Did We Get So Dark?

June 21st, 2017 by

Music is often presented to the public as egalitarian but the truth is rather more prosaic. Whether we release it or not music is hierarchical: we worship the singer, swoon over the guitarist and thrill at the movement and dexterity of the drummer and usually in that order. We are vaguely aware of the bass. […]


Katy Perry – Witness

June 12th, 2017 by

Some might think that pop’s raison d’etre is to be mass-produced bubblegum with nothing to say. However, there have always been those ploughing that particular furrow with a wish to tear up the script such as Frankie Goes to Hollywood with ‘Two Tribes’ (who would have thought that the Cold War could be so funky?) or who […]


Roger Waters – Is This The Life We Really Want?

June 9th, 2017 by

Roger Waters returns, after a twenty five year wait, with his new album Is This The Life We Really Want?  Ever since his Animals days with his former band Pink Floyd, Waters has delivered lyrics that attack the prevailing social order, religion and the state of the world in general. ‘When We Were Young’ opens the album and […]


Justin Townes Earle – Kids In The Street

May 30th, 2017 by

Justin Townes Earle is a singer-songwriter steeped in American. Having just released his eighth album Kids in the Street, we find opener ‘Champagne Corolla’ typical of Earle – bluesy and rootsy with welcome flourishes of brass and a driven beat. ‘Maybe a Moment’ is more country flavoured but the lyrics are a tad clichéd. How many times […]


Blondie – Pollinator

May 15th, 2017 by

Where do you go after you perfected the three minute pop punk song and dominated what used to be fondly known as the chart? It would be easy to stop writing and just tour the hits forever and a day. Thankfully Blondie have decided that movement is better than stasis and enlisted people as diverse […]