Album Reviews

REVIEW: The Moons – Pocket Melodies

REVIEW: The Moons – Pocket Melodies

Since landing on earth The Moons have been dipping their toes into the indie, 60’s, popular guitar band genre building their reputation around nifty 3 minutes ditties whilst looking the dapper part in whistle and flutes. Their latest long player…

REVIEW: Denise Johnson – Where Does It Go

REVIEW: Denise Johnson – Where Does It Go

I’m going to say what everyone is thinking. Denise Johnson was and is one of the most underrated female vocalist to come out of Manchester. The likes of Lisa Stansfield and Rowetta may have received their acclaim, rightly so for…

REVIEW: Ennio Morricone – Lounge

REVIEW: Ennio Morricone – Lounge

One of the elite composers of modern times has been, Oscar winning, Ennio Morricone. Italian born with the hallowed gift for trumpet playing, composer, orchestrator and conductor, this highly regarded musician certainly knew a good thing when he heard it…

REVIEW: Heavy Salad – Cult Casual

Manchester based psych-rockers Heavy Salad release their debut LP, ‘Cult Casual’. Chocked full of surf-rock beats and overdriven guitar, ‘Cult Casual’ sucks you into its psychedelic vortex of wonderfully off-kilter pop music. Opening up the album is, ‘Death’. In stark…

REVIEW: Eddie Piller presents The Mod Revival

REVIEW: Eddie Piller presents The Mod Revival

The 2 words Mod Revival when put together in a sentence might conjure up images of young bands dressed in freshly purchased outfits from Carnaby Street trying to look and sing the part whilst playing a Rickenbacker guitar. Mod or…

REVIEW: Gene – Yours For The Taking best of

REVIEW: Gene – Yours For The Taking best of

I remember Gene being indie heroes on the BBC Radio 1 Evening Session with the likes of Steve Lamacq and Jo Whiley whetting their appetite the instant a new track was announced. The weekly music papers also had a field…

REVIEW: Ian Dury - Hit Me! compilation

REVIEW: Ian Dury – Hit Me! compilation

One of the most distinctive artists of the late 70’s and 80’s was the gruff cockney voiced Ian Dury who convened his formidable bands the Blockheads plus Kilburn and the High Roads. With their brash punk anthems that mixed the…

REVIEW: A Certain Ratio – ACR Loco

REVIEW: A Certain Ratio – ACR Loco

Following what was an overly success nationwide UK tour of 2019 Manchester’s funk, samba, indie heroes A Certain Ratio announced their first long player in over 12 years, ACR Loco. To be fully released via Mute Records at the end…

ALBUM REVIEWW: Lido ‘Peder’

Rating: The reviewer’s handbook of national stereotypes tells us that music from Norway should either be doomy death metal or its yearning, melancholic ambient polar opposite. Something to do with the lack of sunlight, the footnotes add. Lido is, we’re…