Album Reviews


Nirvana – Live at Reading 1992, 02/11/2009

For Kurt Cobain and Nirvana, it could be easily argued that the gig captured on this hour and half DVD was their defining moment.

Julian Casablancas – Phrazes For The Young (Rough Trade) 02/11/2009

acking the energy and excitement of “Is This It”, “Phrazes For the Young” is a venture in musical progression that contains some real nuggets of Casablanca gold, but doesn’t quite live up to his own standards

Massive Attack – Splitting The Atom EP (Virgin) 05/11/09

Is “Splitting The Atom” going to reassure the music world that the Bristol boys are on the way back to the top?

Editors – In The Light And On This Evening (Kitchenware) 16/10/2009

“In The Light And On This Evening” is a great effort, comparable to their début. If a criticism has to be made, it is that there is no sense of risk

Fuck Buttons – Tarot Sport (ATP) 12/10/09

Tarot Sport is work of epic proportions, matched only in its brilliance by it’s originality. One day every band will want to sound like Fuck Buttons and it cant come too soon

Wolfmother – Cosmic Egg (Modular) 26/10/09

The album as a whole is difficult to view as anything more than an effort to find their feet with new band members.

The Brute Chorus – The Brute Chorus 19/10/2009

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Far from the finished article, The Brute Chorus’s début finds them still grappling with their own explosive rockabilly leanings and the desire to produce some seriously touching moments, but its still a lot of fun.

The Raveonettes – In And Out Of Control (Fierce Panda) 05/10/2009

Swaying between sugary melodic songs, clearly influenced by the pop of the ‘60s, and dazzling dark mellow tones, the record is far from anonymous.

Air – Love 2 (Virgin) Released 06/10/2009

There are some genuine nuggets of film-noir, avant-garde chic on this album, but it all seems to pale in significance to their earlier ground-breaking and genre defining wor

Joe Goddard – Harvest Festival (Greco-Roman) 02/11/2009

Joe Goddard is a busy boy indeed. Not content with a part in everyone’s favourite dance group Hot Chip, he’s released an album of solo material.