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 […]


Slowdive – Slowdive

May 11th, 2017 by

The shoe-gazing pioneers Slowdive consisting of Neil Halstead, Christian Savill, Nick Chaplin, Rachel Goswell and Simon Scott have just released their long awaited self-titled fourth album Slowdive, their first offering since 1995 and it does not disappoint. ‘Slomo’ is an expansive and atmospheric opener. The guitar sequence is beautifully subtle and emotional as it builds […]


Feist – Pleasure

May 2nd, 2017 by

Following a six year absence, Feist returns with new album, Pleasure in which singer/songwriter Leslie Feist delivers a collection of songs that reflects on secrets and shame, loneliness and tenderness, care and fatigue and is at its core a study on self-awareness. ‘Pleasure’ creeps in on a intimate little guitar riff but then segways into […]


Mark Lanegan Band – Gargoyle

May 2nd, 2017 by

A well travelled musician, you may know Mark Lanegan as much from his solo output as his time spent playing with the Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age. As one would expect, Lanegan has seemingly seen it all and he brings all of his experience to the fore on Gargoyle, his tenth solo effort.  The 10-track LP […]


Sive – The Roaring Girl

May 2nd, 2017 by

Hailing from Naas, County Kildare, Sive is a songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist and on her second album The Roaring Girl she certainly highlights all of the above. Aided and abetted by a cast of musicians such as Patrick Hopkins (drums),  Mark Dudley (electric guitar), Eoin Hartwieg (bass), Neil Doyle,  Cathy McEvoy, Rachel Du & Denise Doyle (violins), Niamh Roche (viola), Mary […]


Karen Elson – Double Roses

April 12th, 2017 by

Double Roses comes seven years after Karen Elson’s solo debut The Ghost Who Walks, and features collaborations with an array of musical talent, including The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney, Father John Misty, Laura Marling, Benmont Tench, Pat Sansone (Wilco), Nate Walcott (Bright Eyes) and Dhani Harrison. It is inevitable that her divorce from Jack White […]


Father John Misty – Pure Comedy

April 7th, 2017 by

Father John Misty’s eagerly awaited new album, Pure Comedy delivers in spades. ‘Pure Comedy’ kicks things off on a sombre note and Josh Tillman has a voice that carries the weight and experience of a life lived, with the lyrics to match. We enter into a surrealistic suburban domesticity that finds the singer looking for […]


Aimee Mann – Mental Illness

April 5th, 2017 by

  Aimee Mann has been in the music business for a long time now, originally starting out in indie band ‘Til Tuesday in the mid-eighties. Throughout her career she has shown she knows how to craft a song, how to create an album that says something. On her ninth solo record, Mental Illness, Mann proves […]


Mastodon – Emperor of Sand

April 3rd, 2017 by

Formed in 2000 and composed of bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher, and drummer Brann Dailor, Mastodon return with  Emperor of Sand, their seventh studio album which finds the band meditating on themes of death, survival and isolation. ‘Sultan’s Curse’ is the album opener and, as you would expect, it grooves and moves heavily, […]