Album Reviews

Bombay Bicycle Club – A Different Kind of Fix (Island)

They’ve got to be happy with the way this album has turned out sonically, but it is never a Mercury contender or is it an alternative chart topper

Dum Dum Girls – Only in Dreams (Sub Pop)

With the impending winter gloom that is almost upon us, ‘only in dreams’ is one last stab at summer supremacy, and what a good one it is at that.

The Whip – Wired Together (Southern Fried)

With their second album, ‘Wired Together’, just around the corner, it is crucial that The Whip match high expectations with more great music.

Roots Manuva – 4Everevolution (Big Dada/Banana Klan)

Whilst to the more casual listener, the running time might be 10 minutes or so too long, fans of this shining light within British Urban music will be delighted

Beirut – The Rip Tide (Pompeii)

Only Beirut and La Shark are fighting to make the harpsichord cool. A battle that against the odds they are winning.

Kill It Kid – Feet Fall Heavy (One Little Indian)

An incredible work full of maturity for ones so young it is an absolute beast that will leave you wanting to do nothing more that listen to it again

Razika – Program 91 (Smalltown Supersound)

With all the new genres, sub genres, throwback genres buzzing around at the minute, its pleasant to hear something simple and fun

Blitzen Trapper – American Goldwing (Sub Pop)

In spite of a pinch of minor flaws, Blitzen Trapper are a reassuringly talented outfit. With fresh ideas and nostalgia on their side

Grandaddy – The Sophtware Slump (Reissue)

The Sophtware Slump remains a fascinating album, and the chance to relive its sorrowful beauty should not be missed.

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Mirror Traffic (Domino)

With last years Pavement shows now a distant memory, Mirror Traffic its another reminder of Malkmus’s genius.