Album Reviews


Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 (Virgin)

Opener ‘Make Some Noise’ bursts out of the speakers, full of energy and old school attitude.

Bon Iver – Bon Iver (4AD)

By the end of the record, the uplifting melancholy of closer ‘Beth/Rest’ is just another striking reminder that we have witnessed a truly stunning shift in front of our eyes

The Antlers – Burst Apart (Transgressive Records)

Overall, the album is very strong with no real stand outs but only one weak song so it is definitely worth a listen for any music fans

Arctic Monkeys – Suck It And See (Domino)

Sometimes a band comes along with an album that can’t be topped; Arctic Monkeys are one of these bands.

Kitty, Daisy and Lewis – Smoking in Heaven (Sunday Best)

Guys and Dolls may have a Rockabilly good time listening to this record but may also find it a bit of a bore.

Baths – Pop Music/False B Sides (Anticon)

He’s come back with not technically his sophomore release but a collection of unreleased songs or B-sides, like it says in the title

Mona – Mona (Island Records)

Seemingly coming from out of nowhere, here we have a new and excitingly enthusiastic young breed by the name of Mona

Cass McCombs – Wit’s End (Domino)

The singer’s melancholia is almost tangible and comes across both lyrically and musically.

Dananananaykroyd – There Is A Way (Pizza College)

The second album by Glasgow pop-punk sextet ‘There is a Way’ springs to life, much as you would expect from the band that have had a rollercoaster time

Death Cab For Cutie – Codes and Keys (Atlantic)

There is only one way to envisage a new Death Cab album, and that is to expect the unexpected but be prepared for much the same.