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Rolo Tomassi

Rolo Tomassi - Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It (Album Review)

Rolo Tomassi are weird. They’re a weird band. But you can forget bizarre little cartoons. Forget 8-bit silliness. Forget Myspace and rawr and quirky haircuts and all that nonsense. Rolo Tomassi are not anything like that. With their fifth full-length, ‘Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It’, they have cemented themselves as one of the UK’s best bands and contenders on the world stage.

Written by: Alec Chillingworth | Date: Tuesday, 06 March 2018


Moaning - Moaning (Album Review)

In the promo video for The Same, Moaning frontman Sean Solomon wears a playful denim-cotton cap. It’s the type of cap that one might find in an American Apparel or Urban Outfitters: ‘90s retro with a dash of the university stoner about it. It’s sartorially direct and jaunty, yet it belies a certain foggy introversion. In many ways, that cap epitomises Moaning’s eponymous debut album.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Monday, 05 March 2018

Neal Morse

Neal Morse - Life & Times (Album Review)

Photo: Joey Pippin Anyone who has watched The Leftovers, a HBO drama about the aftermath of a rapture-like event where 2% of the world’s population vanished for no apparent reason, will be familiar with a character called Holy Wayne. The leader of a devoted following, he could allegedly take away people’s pain with a single hug. While the validity of his ‘gift’ was debatable, Neal Morse’s new album feels like the real thing. ‘Life & Times’ will wrap its loving arms around you and brighten up your day.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Monday, 05 March 2018


Turnstile - Time & Space (Album Review)

Turnstile probably didn’t make their second record, ‘Time & Space’, by melting their dads’ record collections into a mound of congealed plastic and shouting over the remains. It sounds like they did, though. With its mash-up of hardcore punk and everything from boogie rock riffs to lounge music, it’s a weird mix. It shouldn’t work but it does and, like melting plastic, it’s a lot of fun.

Written by: Jennifer Geddes | Date: Friday, 02 March 2018

Rae Morris

Rae Morris - Someone Out There (Album Review)

Rae Morris pushes herself on her second release, ‘Someone Out There’, and the result is a collection of charming alternative pop tracks that celebrate everyday bravery and reflect a period of change in the singer-songwriter’s life.

Written by: Jennifer Geddes | Date: Thursday, 01 March 2018


Ought - Room Inside The World (Album Review)

It’s been a couple of years since we heard something new from the Montreal art-punkers Ought, which is surprising given the bombardment of material that the world was subjected to a couple of years back: an EP and a couple of albums in the space of 18 months. But what an exciting bombardment it was.

Written by: Ben Gallivan | Date: Thursday, 01 March 2018


Loma - Loma (Album Review)

Photo: Bryan C. Parker Loma’s self titled debut is a record that requires multiple attentive listens. A collaboration between two bands is bound to bring a fascinating quality to any record, and this melding of alt-folk duo Cross Record - Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski - with Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg is certainly one to get lost in. Throughout their self-titled debut, the trio develop, grow, and work out what Loma is, just as the writing process allowed Cross and Duszynski to develop, grow, and work out what their marriage is. Or isn’t, as the case may be.

Written by: Helen Payne | Date: Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Dashboard Confessional

Dashboard Confessional - Crooked Shadows (Album Review)

Dashboard Confessional forget the importance of being earnest on their seventh release, ‘Crooked Shadows’, which is troubled by confusing production choices and lacklustre lyrics. Still, some elements that made the emo veterans so engaging over a decade ago remain.

Written by: Jennifer Geddes | Date: Tuesday, 27 February 2018


Superchunk - What A Time To Be Alive (Album Review)

Photo: Lissa Gotwals There’s nothing quite like the slow death of a laptop. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, attempts one to four at summarising Superchunk’s new LP all went up in smoke, along with eight weekend hours. Still, they weren’t entirely wasted. In that time you can listen to ‘What a Time to Be Alive’ roughly 15 times, and that is a fine way to spend the best part of a day.

Written by: Ben Gallivan | Date: Tuesday, 27 February 2018

S Carey

S. Carey - Hundred Acres (Album Review)

Photo: Cameron Wittig With Bon Iver between albums, the band’s drummer, S. Carey, has found time to record his third solo album, ‘Hundred Acres’. He shouldn't have bothered.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Monday, 26 February 2018

The Temperance Movement

The Temperance Movement - A Deeper Cut (Album Review)

There was a time in rock ‘n’ roll’s glorious history when a band’s third album was seen as a pivotal moment, one that would either catapult them to stardom or sound their death knell. In today’s climate the chance of any rock act achieving huge success seems about as likely as Cristiano Ronaldo voluntarily removing all the mirrors from his mansion. Yet fans have never given up hope that maybe, just maybe, a group will emerge to buck the trend.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Friday, 23 February 2018

The Wandering Hearts

The Wandering Hearts - Wild Silence (Album Review)

Armed with a fairytale backstory that almost makes their very existence seem predetermined, the Wandering Hearts have generated a massive amount of early momentum thanks to an alt-folk Americana sound dripping with sublime melodies and spine-tingling harmonies.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Thursday, 22 February 2018

Pianos Become The Teeth

Pianos Become The Teeth - Wait For Love (Album Review)

The accusation that a post-hardcore band has somehow sold out by softening their sound is commonplace, but that shift is often the secret to longevity. So it made sense when Baltimore five-piece Pianos Become the Teeth reinvented themselves on their 2014 album 'Keep You', with vocalist Kyle Durfey abandoning his screamo-esque delivery for a more a melodic approach.

Written by: Jonathan Rimmer | Date: Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Brian Fallon

Brian Fallon - Sleepwalkers (Album Review)

In any walk of life, successful people are the ones who know how to maximise their strengths while working on, or disguising, their weaknesses. It’s a philosophy the Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon has adopted as his modus operandi to great effect in recent years, including on his impressively diverse second solo album, ‘Sleepwalkers’.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Tuesday, 20 February 2018


Saxon - Thunderbolt (Album Review)

Since getting their act together again towards the end of the last century, and with a misjudged mid-late 1980s detour into American hair metal territory a distant and somewhat disturbing memory, NWOBHM stalwarts Saxon have been enjoying what seems like a never ending Indian Summer.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Monday, 19 February 2018


Fischerspooner - Sir (Album Review)

Photo: Rinalto Sata As one of the key progenitors of electroclash, New York’s Fischerspooner have always embodied a particular form of smashy, digital camp. While the songwriting on their fourth album, 'Sir' lacks hooks, it is a record of intense, virile creativity that develops their sound a full nine years after the release of their previous album, ‘Entertainment’.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Monday, 19 February 2018

Dan Patlansky

Dan Patlansky - Perfection Kills (Album Review)

Photo: Tobias Coetsee If South African singer, songwriter and guitarist Dan Patlansky is proficient at DIY he’d best have his tools handy come December. Following hot on the heels of breakout release ‘Dear Silence Thieves’ and its follow-up ‘Introvertigo’, two fantastic modern blues-rock albums that landed multiple prizes, ‘Perfection Kills’ is another superb offering that’s liable to add more gongs to his growing collection. In other words, Patlansky’s going to need a bigger mantelpiece.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Friday, 16 February 2018

The Wombats

The Wombats - Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life (Album Review)

Photo: Tom Oxley The Wombats clearly aren’t concerned with being the world’s most prolific band. Since their inception in 2003, they’ve released only four full-length records, clocking in at an average of about one every three-and-a-half years. Their latest is ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’, and it offers up an explanation for why Wombats albums are as scarce as their marsupial namesakes.

Written by: Liam Turner | Date: Friday, 16 February 2018


MGMT - Little Dark Age (Album Review)

MGMT’s Kids is legitimately one of the most accomplished, colourful, lavish electro-pop anthems of the past 20 years. Reinventing the fluro themes of their hero and musical forefather David Bowie, the duo earned stratospheric success with the single and their debut LP, ‘Oracular Spectacular’, in 2007.

Written by: Milly McMahon | Date: Thursday, 15 February 2018

Ezra Furman

Ezra Furman - Transangelic Exodus (Album Review)

Road songs are part of the fabric of rock ‘n’ roll. From the earliest greaser anthems through the open roads of west coast pop and manic rockabilly chase scenes, they’ve always been there. On ‘Transangelic Exodus’, Ezra Furman offers a new twist on the style, keeping both the wings and the wheels as he soundtracks “a personal companion for a paranoid road trip. A queer outlaw saga”.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Wednesday, 14 February 2018

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