Album Reviews


The Middle East – I Want That You Are Always Happy (PIAS)

he Middle East have opted to offer up a real plethora of sounds

Young Rebel Set – Curse Our Love (Big Flame)

Young Rebel Set hail from Stockton on Tees in the North of England, they’re a 7 piece band whose sound is described as blue collar folk rock

Let’s Wrestle – Nursing Home (Full Time Hobby)

Nursing Home isn’t a particularly bad album: there are moments of incisive humour and high-quality musicality, but these moments are all too sparse

Wu Lyf – Go Tell Fire To The Mountain (LYF)

Wu Lyf had to come out of that burrow they were hiding in when releasing this album and let the critics ravage them.

And So I Watch You From Afar – Gangs (Richter Collective)

It is ASIWYFA’s ability to pack so many great sounding ideas into 45
minutes worth of music that really impresses

Mini Mansions – Mini Mansions (Domino)

Mini Mansions are quite possibly the shock that 2011 has been waiting for, here to challenge The Flaming Lips for incorporating a brazen form of psychedelic pop into their persona

Herman Dune – Strange Moosic (City Slang)

At its worst, it’s background music for rebellious Sunday schoolers – kooky and non offensive.

Is Tropical – Native To (Kitsune Records)

What’s puzzling about the band is the image they portray themselves in doesn’t really go along with
the music on this album.

Patrick Wolf – Lupercalia (Mercury/Hideout Records)

It’s like that hip, hyped up film you so badly want to dig, namely because it’s cool and original, but doesn’t really ever capture you the way you want it to

Fucked Up – David Comes To Life (Matador)

The whole album is crawling with hell-raisingly noisy, yet beautifully anthemic tracks that demonstrate the Canadian six-piece’s true versatility.