Album Reviews


Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny – Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose (Mute)

‘Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose’ is a very expressive, fresh, eccentric and whimsical album, which is never a bad thing.

Tanlines – Mixed Emotions (True Panther)

Mixed Emotions is not a perfect album, but when it works, it provides some of the most thrilling moments of pop music so far this year.

Errors – Have Some Faith in Magic (Rock Action Records)

Whatever genre it is, acid-house, new-age electronica or post-rock, Errors are rocking it and rocking it hard.

Grimes – Visions (4AD)

That dark electronica which Boucher creates in Visions has a cybotic ambience to it, a style which is somewhat alien in its construction.

Band of Skulls – Sweet Sour (Electric Blues)

Now they are back, and everyone is eager to see just where they will have gone from ‘Baby Darling Dollface Honey’.

Azari & III – Azari & III (Loose Lips)

Some of these songs have been hanging about for a couple of years but are now consolidated within a pretty strong debut.

School of Seven Bells – Ghostory (Full Time Hobby)

Like Goldfrapp they are far more promising when making music for the dance floor than for the aromatherapy tables

Sleigh Bells – Reign Of Terror (Columbia)

This is an album to show they still have a unique sound and style that no other band or artist has been able to make since their debut came out.

Lana Del Rey – Born To Die (Polydor/Interscope)

Lana’s sound and style is straight from the school of indie neo film noir, stylish Hollywood, off beat, dark and murderous.

Sharon Van Etten – Tramp (Jagjaguwar)

Tramp is well executed and verges on masterpiece as it coherently portrays thoughts from a dark and irrational place