Album Reviews


Kate Nash – My Best Friend Is You (Fiction) 19/04/2010

My Best Friend Is You, Kate Nash’s second album, does nothing to redeem her ‘kooky-britschool-brat-with-nothing-much-interesting-to-say’ image

65daysofstatic – We Were Exploding Anyway (Hassle) 26/04/2010

You can label “We Were Exploding Anyway” as electronic, post-rock, glitch, math-rock or whatever the hell you want, but the main thing is 65days have yet again proved that they can still create stunning and inventive material

Paul Weller – Wake Up the Nation (Island) 19/04/2010

There is reason to rejoice for Paul Weller, he has made an album which is in turn adventurous, fun and has avoided reverting to type

Josiah Wolf – Jet Lag (Anticon) 29/03/2010

Josiah’s lyrical style is in parts similar to that of Willy Mason’s, touching upon what seem to be personally difficult subjects with delicacy and emotion

The Radio Dept – Clinging To a Scheme (Labrador) 19/04/2010

‘Clinging To A Scheme’ is a pleasant and absorbing listen but not a memorable one and it could be said, a missed opportunity.

Love Is All – Two Thousand & Ten Injuries (Polyvinyl) 05/04/2010

‘Two Thousand & Ten Injuries’ is a perfect balance of meticulous planning and ramshackle punk, where the content is never overcooked yet never under looked.

Darwin Deez – Darwin Deez (Lucky Number Music) 12/04/2010

Darwin Deez has got one of the most infectious indie pop albums of the year so far and there are no synths in site

Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be (Sub Pop) 29/03/2010

This may not be the most original album you will hear this year, but when it is packed full of uplifting songs, raw guitars, catchy melodies and splendid girl group harmonies, who cares?

Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can (Virgin) 22/03/2010

As a follow up to Marling’s very successful first album I Speak Because I Can cements the praise she received for Alas I Cannot Swim

We Have Band – WHB (Universal) 05/04/2010

There are all manner of influences completing their dissection of the dance genre, and although full of subservient ideas, We Have Band’s debut as a collective falls just short of a must have.