Album Reviews


Bobby Womack – The Bravest Man In The Universe (XL)

Rarely has a soul artist successfully married his own genre with electronic music, so for a 68-year-old soul artist to do it with his comeback effort is remarkable.

The Tallest Man On Earth – There’s No Leaving Now (Dead Oceans)

Stick a pin in the map halfway between Nick Drake and Bob Dylan and you’ll find Kristian Matsson, the ecletic Swedish folksinger also known as The Tallest Man On Earth

Friends – Manifest! (Lucky Number)

Manifest! shows this is a group of friends which have come together to make promising uptempo indie music, but without a real purpose to it.

Sigur Ros – Valtari (Krúnk)

Valteri is a disappointment, but great music for aromatherapy.

ILLLS – Dark Paradise EP (The Sounds of Sweet Nothing)

How two boys from Mississippi are serving up meaty riffs alongside sensitive lyrical introspection in their introductory EP.

Hot Chip – In Our Heads (Domino)

Their recent appearance on Jools Holland provided us with a tantalising sneak-peak of some of the new songs from the album.

Liars – WIXIW (Mute)

It’s clear that WIXIW is a very different record to what has gone before and that it’ll likely become to be known as the band’s ‘electronic’ record.

Santigold – Master of My Make Believe (Atlantic)

Sometimes a reintroduction can be hard, and through this release Santigold hasn’t been able to recreate that magic that she showed four years ago.

Mystery Jets – Radlands (Rough Trade)

A step back down the indie ladder and if this is the bands final hurrah they certainly haven’t gone out with a bang.

Devin – Romancing (French Kiss/No Evil Records)

It’s all a little samey and sounds like bunch old time New York and British rockers had a love child and they him called Devin.