Tag: Album Reviews

ALBUM: Beck – ‘Morning Phase’

Musical chameleon Beck Hansen has returned with a new album, a companion piece to a much cherished earlier work; however, those of you longing for a return to the lo-fi growl of Mellow Gold (Slacker Beck) or an heir to the experimental…

ALBUM REVIEW: Nina Persson ‘Animal Heart’

Nina Persson has kept herself quiet these past few years. It’s a shame given that The Cardigans’ singer possesses one of the most distinctive voices in pop, strong while requiring none of the bombastic bellowing of Florence Welch and effortlessly…

ALBUM REVIEW: Skaters ‘Manhattan’

Every ten years or so a band or artist comes out of New York to remind the world that the city is unequivocally the centre of the universe.  Bob Dylan sang out of the Greenwich Village café in the 60s,…

ALBUM REVIEW: Mogwai ‘Rave Tapes’

Since their 1997 debut ‘Young Team’, Mogwai have always been a band who strive to push the limits of what rock music can be. Their dynamic sound effortlessly transforms tranquil atmospheres into mind melting noise and fierce guitar riffs. 2008’s…

ALBUM REVIEW: Temples ‘Sun Structures’

Psychedlia takes a huge leap… well, not forward. That wouldn’t be very psychedelic. But a leap upwards, around and in between a rainbow-coloured solar flare with ‘Sun Structures’; the debut home-made album from Temples. Recorded in the box room of…

ALBUM REVIEW: Bruce Springsteen ‘High Hopes’

“Don’t you know these days you pay for everything?” is the build up to the chorus of ‘High Hopes’, the title track of Bruce Springsteen’s 18th studio album, which is rather ironic considering that it can be streamed for free…

Gumshen ‘Progtronica’ – ALBUM REVIEW

Extremely rarely do contradicting ideas end up complimenting each other. Artists have visions of moulding, twisting and spewing out sounds; explicitly showing their artistic nature. However, artists are perfectionist and evolving a sound takes precision and is honestly extremely difficult….

The New Mendicants ‘Into The Lime’ ALBUM REVIEW

Over a decade in the making; The New Mendicants (made up of Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake with ex and current Pernice Brothers members Mike Belitsky and Joe Pernice) follow this summer’s Australia EP with Into The Lime; a ten-track collection…

Snoopzilla ‘7 Days Of Funk’ ALBUM REVIEW

Only a few people in the music industry are as chamaleontic as Calvin Broadus is. He’s gained fame with his rap as Snoop Dogg, he then became Snoop Lion when he decided to join Rastafarianism and devote himself to reggae….

Mode Moderne ‘Occult Delight’ ALBUM REVIEW

The great indie-gothic revival has never really taken off, despite Joy Division’s continued influence underlying on the output of many bands (and even more Topman T-shirts). While the heavy baritone/bass mix could be heard on debuts – White Lies as…