Album Reviews


Delphic – Acolyte (Polydor) 10/01/10

Messer’s Cook, Boardman, Cocksedge and Hadley have crafted an important album through their vision, skill and personality

Race Horses – Goodbye Falkenborg (Fantastic Plastic) 18/01/2010

The problem with Goodbye Falkenborg is it is fun – but that’s all you get. At it’s best, Race Horses first album is hugely entertaining. But when the band are having all the fun, we lose out.

Fyfe Dangerfield – Fly Yellow Moon (Polydor) 18/01/10

This album lacks the unquantifiable magic dust that made Fyfe’s earlier (pre ‘Red’) work with Guillemots so captivating, and lyrically it feels a bit run-of-the-mill in places.

Vampire Weekend – Contra (XL) 11/01/2010

With only slight deviations from what made them so successful and the addition of a few political undertones, Vampire Weekend have managed to produce the album everyone wanted them too, but not quite the perfect pop record.

Animal Collective – Fall Be Kind (Domino) 23/11/2009

Merriweather Post Pavillion was lavished with so much praise it was hard to see beyond it’s glacial magnificence and envisage a follow-up that could match its achievements. Yet, not even twelve months on, the Baltimore come New York inhabitants are releasing a early Christmas present in the shape of their new EP, Fall To Be [...]

The So So Glos – Tourism/Terrorism (Green Owl)

Sometimes even the most honed instincts can be proven very wrong indeed

Them Crooked Vultures – Them Crooked Vultures (RCA/Jive)

“Them Crooked Vultures” is a very good album if you like Led Zeppelin, Queens of The Stoneage or Dave Grohl.

North Atlantic Oscillation – Call signs EP (Kscope) 23/11/20089

North Atlantic Oscillation seem set on creating the musical equivilant of their name in all it’s otherwordly splendour.

NME – The Album 2009 (Rhino) 16/11/2009

he Album 2009 is just a vague look back on a genuinely interesting and exciting year in music, which leaves out most of the music which made it just that.

Biffy Clyro ‘Only Revolutions’ (14th Floor) 09/11/09

Ahh Biffy…the band who for most of the last decade were discredited as that weird rock band you didn’t want to admit to liking in front of your friends, have all of a sudden (well since the release of Puzzle) become the second biggest rock band to come out of Britain in the last decade. [...]