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Manic Street Preachers

Manic Street Preachers - Postcards From A Young Man (Album Review)

Let me set out my stall: I’m a Manic Street Preachers fanatic. They’re a band that aren’t concerned or made anxious by reviews, and make music because they love it. I’m not going to go comparing this to 'The Holy Bible', as I realise that after Richey’s tragedy, the band had to evolve. And so they did, in to a much more ‘poppy’ band that that could connect to a larger audience. And on this album they have succeed in a way they never have before.

Written by: Rhys Morgan | Date: Monday, 27 September 2010

Wild Dogs In Winter

Wild Dogs in Winter – Homba (Album Review)

For those people who are familiar with the style of music known as post-rock, your opinions on it may vary significantly. However, regardless of whether you consider post-rock to be intelligent, thought-provoking music or nothing but pretentious, arty-farty noise, there’s no denying that it’s an interesting and often underrated genre. Although the likes of Mogwai and Sigur Ros have carried the flag for a number of years, post-rock has rarely left the confines of the avant-garde. It has even struggled to compete within today’s indie community, which frequently claims to crave new and exciting music while continuing to recycle the same old stuff year after year.

Written by: Rob Sleigh | Date: Sunday, 26 September 2010

Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire - The Suburbs (Album Review)

The three year wait has ended and the often (rightly or wrongly) named ‘Greatest Band On Earth’ have delivered their third studio album, ‘The Suburbs’.

Written by: Rhys Morgan | Date: Friday, 24 September 2010

Tinie Tempah

Tinie Tempah - Disc-Overy (Album Review)

Coming at you like a great, obnoxious storm cloud of fast-paced, moronic drivel, Tinie Tempah unleashes his brand of electrocore hip hop at an astounding rate. From the get-go, it becomes clear this lad is not going to let up, which really is a shame.

Written by: Rich Kemp | Date: Thursday, 23 September 2010

Emerald

Emerald – Master I Am (Album Review)

Somewhere back in the mid- to late-Eighties, whilst enjoying an unhealthy diet of the recent rock favourites, such as Iron Maiden, Dio, Guns n’ Roses and Metallica, the band Emerald were frozen in time with a great idea for an album locked firmly in their minds. Over twenty years later, Emerald were awoken and led into the studio to record their debut album ‘Master I Am’, and here it is.

Written by: Rob Sleigh | Date: Monday, 20 September 2010

Kele

Kele - The Boxer (Album Review)

Having become famous being the charismatic frontman of indie band Bloc Party, you'd be forgiven if you didn't expect Kele Okereke to posses much knowledge in regard to dance and electro music. However Kele - whom often could be found DJ'ing in a nearby club after a Bloc Party gig, seems to have developed quite the repertoire of impressive dance tracks with his new album 'The Boxer'. The same does not apply to the album's producer XXXChange however, who previously worked with electronic and R&B artists Kid Sister and Amanda Blank.

Written by: Andrew Lilley | Date: Monday, 20 September 2010

The Blue Aeroplanes

The Blue Aeroplanes - China Brilliance Automotive (Single Review)

A new single released to mark The Blue Aeroplanes' takeover of legendary Bristol venue The Fleece, 'China Brilliance Automotive' captures the cult art-rock outfit's verve, diversity and style as well as any track from their early-90's heyday.

Written by: Jacob Mier | Date: Sunday, 19 September 2010

Colour Of Sound

Colour Of Sound - When (Album Review)

An album that initially excited me with its breezy, lightweight charm, 'When' by Colour of Sound turned out (after its ten tracks) to be a mostly unreverberant manufacturing of mediocre soft pop-rock that left little impression on me.

Written by: Jacob Mier | Date: Sunday, 19 September 2010

Audiodroid

Audiodroid - 7in7 (EP Review)

'7in7', the forthcoming seven track EP from Andy ‘Droid’ Byram, promises an energetic electronic rollercoaster from the first track.

Written by: Elliott Batte | Date: Friday, 17 September 2010

Annuals

Annuals - Count The Rings (Album Review)

Count The Rings, which was released on the 6th of September, is a collection of B sides and personal favourites from The Annuals. This is the group’s first European release since Be He Me, in 2006, an album which gained the group critical acclaim and led to tours with The Flaming Lips, Bloc Party and Calexico & Minus The Bear.

Written by: Adam Simpson | Date: Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Freebass

Freebass - It's A Beautiful Life (Album Review)

It is with sadness that I write this album review, as Freebass announce that they have split, just days before they finally release their debut album, It’s A Beautiful Life, some six years since the Freebass concept was formed. The original formula of three Manc bass playing legends, never quite came off as expected, with Andy Rourke, formally of The Smiths moving to New York in 2009, however he does appear on this record. But to put Peter Hook “Hooky” of Joy Division and New Order, Gary Mounfield “Mani” of The Stone Roses and Primal Scream and Andy Rourke “Rourkie” of The Smiths together and you have something rather special in my opinion.

Written by: Adam Simpson | Date: Saturday, 11 September 2010

Dawn Kinnard

Dawn Kinnard - Wrong Side Of The Dream (Album Review)

Wrong Side Of The Dream, released on the 13th of September is singer/songwriter Dawn Kinnard’s second album, following on from her debut. 2008’s, The Courtesy Fall. Released on her new label, DK Records, in partnership with Damian Montagu, who produced the album, Wrong Side Of The Dream is a disappointing and depressing record which surely cannot receive the same critical acclaim that her debut received.

Written by: Adam Simpson | Date: Friday, 10 September 2010

Shout Out Louds

Shout Out Louds - Work (Album Review)

Shout Out Louds are senior citizens of the indie world, having released their first album 'Howl Howl Gaff Gaff' all the way back in the distant, hazy past of 2003. The five-piece band from Stockholm return with their third release, 'Work', hoping to join the likes of The Hives, The Knife, Robyn, Journey and (not to take their name in vain) Abba, breaking across the North Sea and becoming an adopted act in the British music circuit.

Written by: James Conlon | Date: Friday, 10 September 2010

Royksopp

Royksopp - Senior (Album Review)

There is a saying that all good things come to those who wait and that’s certainly true of the new Royksopp album 'Senior'. After 18 months the wait will be over on Monday (13th September) and it really has been worth it.

Written by: Andy Byram | Date: Thursday, 09 September 2010

Yeasayer

Yeasayer - Madder Red/Odd Blood (Single and Album Review)

Experimental New York group Yeasayer, release their latest single, Madder Red, on the 13th of September. Taken from their new album Odd Blood, which is on sale now. The experimental three piece have had quite a year in the UK, with headline shows and a slot at Leeds and Reading, with their visually and musically excellent live performances continuing to impress audiences.

Written by: Adam Simpson | Date: Wednesday, 08 September 2010

Screaming Females

Screaming Females - Castle Talk (Album Review)

Castle Talk is Screaming Females fourth album, released on the 13th of September. The punk three piece from New Jersey, USA have managed to produce an album that is unthinkably good. Marissa Paternoster’s vocals, do for this music what Siouxsie Sioux did for The Banshees and what Debbie Harry’s vocals did for Blondie and her guitar riffs are exceptional too, Mike Abbate’s bass is fantastic as well, it has a real UK new wave sound to it, straight from the early eighties and then there is the drumming from Jarrett Dougherty which keeps everything sounding tight and adds a franticness to the groups sound.

Written by: Adam Simpson | Date: Tuesday, 07 September 2010

Alesha Dixon

Alesha - Drummer Boy and Remixes (Single Review)

Alesha Dixon's Drummer Boy may not be the most lyrically astute song ever written, nor a track graced with musical brilliance or vocal excellence, but who cares really? Drummer Boy is a catchy, good fun pop record, full of marching band drum beats and blasted with Alesha’s unique shouty vocals, which have always had appeal. If the trash that so called pop stars N Dubz and the like record can do well in the charts, then the down to earth Alesha is certainly deserving of success with Drummer Boy.

Written by: Adam Simpson | Date: Monday, 06 September 2010

Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip

Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip – The Logic of Chance (Album Review)

When Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip’s ‘Thou Shalt Always Kill’ burst out of our radios back in 2007, it came as a fascinating and slightly shocking attack on British pop culture. Rapped over a catchy electronic beat, it took an ironic glance at life in this country and featured some humorously frank lyrics about the music and popular opinion of the time, including the now famous “just a band” verse. The single was soon to be followed by the duo’s debut album ‘Angles’, which was jam-packed with more thought-provoking and often comic songs about a variety of recent topics and it provided buyers with a stunning selection of beats and music that could compete with any of the then rising British hip-hop stars. Also, thanks to MC and poet Scroobius Pip, the album featured some of the best use of the Queen’s English ever to be heard in the rap genre.

Written by: Rob Sleigh | Date: Sunday, 05 September 2010

Arabrot

Arabrot - Revenge (Album Review)

Norwegian rock band Arabrot are certainly not quiet chaps, the metal noise makers are Kjetil Nernes and Vidar Evensen, who have been joined by noise artist Stian Skagen. Playing drums and guitar only, the group produce a hellish noise, which is quite incredibly loud and deep, considering the lack of instruments. There is no doubt that Revenge, released on the 13th September and the group’s fourth full album, since starting out in 2001, displays musical talent. The drum kit of Vidar Evenson is pummelled into submission, throughout the record, with thumping, high paced whacks of skin and reckless, crashing of symbols. Kjetil Nernes's guitar is frantically strummed also, I am sure he has broke a string or two in his time as he produces tormenting, screaming riffs and crazed, deep rhythms.

Written by: Adam Simpson | Date: Sunday, 05 September 2010

Every Avenue

Every Avenue - Picture Perfect (Album Review)

Easily accessible melodies, classic hooks and the ever-present subject of young love make "Picture Perfect", the third studio album from Marysville, Michigan pop punk outfit Every Avenue, the ideal i-Pod filler for teenage girls everywhere. While many of the records are undeniably well-structured in compliance with the conventional pop-rock format, stylistically much seems heavily borrowed from bands like All Time Low and The Maine - it's pretty hot right now amongst its aforementioned target audience, but early noughties skate-pop revival is not this writer's cup of tea.

Written by: Jacob Mier | Date: Saturday, 04 September 2010

 
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