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Most Recent Reviews

Carlene Carter: Carter Girl - CD
First-rate covers album from Carlene Carter, which features songs spanning three generations of the Carter Family
Brace Choir : Turning On Your Double - CD
Fine combination of the experimental and traditional on debut album from Berlin-based Krautrock act Brace/Choir, slightly damaged by its vocals which are sung in English
Rockpile: Live at Rockplast - CD
Appealing live CD/DVD recorded at a show in Germany in 1980 from Rockpile, the late 1970s/early 1980s supergroup of Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds
Damien Dempsey: It's All Good - CD X2
Excellent double CD compilation from still underrated Dublin-based singer-songwriter Damien Dempsey, who includes Sinead O’Connor and Morrissey amongst his fans
Thomas Truax: Trolls, Girls and Lullabies: Peer Gynt - CD
Eccentric latest album from oddball American musician Thomas Truax, which is a soundtrack that he wrote last year for a theatre version of 'Peer Gynt'
Wallis Bird: Architect - CD
Impressive fourth album from Irish singer Wallis Bird, which takes much of its inspiration from the club scene of her adopted city of Berlin to which she has recently relocated from London
Soft Hills: Departure - CD
Enjoyable but monotonous second fourth album from the Soft Hills, the project of Seattle-based experimental musician Garett Hobba
Ministry of Wolves: Musik from Republic Der Wolfe - CD
Underwhelming soundtrack album from new wave super group including the Bad Seeds' Mick Harvey, which features songs written for Republik Der Wolfe, a multi-media theatre show which was premiered earlier this year in Dortmund
Stuart Turner and the Flat Earth Society: The Art and Science of Phrenology - CD
Challenging but original and rapidly addictive third album from Medway-based band, Stuart Turner and the Flat Earth Society
Connect_icut: Small Town by the Sea - CD
Captivating and imaginative tribute to his present hometown from English-born but now Vancouver-based electronic musician, Connect_icut
Breton: War Room Stories - CD
Fashionable but predictable and dull Euro pop on second album from South London-based band, Breton
Voluntary Butler Scheme: A Million Ways to Make Gold - CD
Unimaginative and over syrupy pop on third album from the Voluntary Butler Scheme, the project of Midlands-based musician Rob Jones
Karen Grace: Deep Down Things - CDS
Fantastic debut EP from elusive London-based singer-songwriter and musician, Karen Grace
Mikkel Meyer: Jolly EP - CDS
Energetic combination of dubstep and house music on new EP from Danish electronic musician, Mikkel Meyer
Sourya: Winterwind - CDS
Middle-of-the-road download single from French electro musician Sourya, who is the latest signing to ex-Creation boss Alan's McGee's new label 359 Music
Eagulls: Eagulls - CD
Unnerving and intense self-titled debut album from young alternative rock act Eagulls, which draws comparisons with Joy Division
V/A: The Del Shannon Tribute: Songwriter, Volume 1 - CD
First-rate tribute album to 60’s singer-songwriter and rock and roll artist Del Shannon, which includes covers from Frank Black, Kelley Ryan and Don Dixon
Uncle Frank: Smiles for Miles - CD
Extraordinarily diverse debut album, which embraces soul, pop, jazz, funk, old-school hip hop and easy listening, from Uncle Frank, the new band of Huey and the New Yorkers’ Frank Benbini and Naim Cortazzi
Kirsty Maccoll: All I Ever Wanted: The Anthology - CD X2
Fantastic new double CD compilation from the much missed Kirsty MacColl, which includes several little-known tracks and obscurities
J. Roddy Walston and the Business: Essential Tremors - CD
Addictive old school rock and roll on third album from fiery Baltimore-based rockers, J. Roddy Walston and the Business
Limb: Limb - CD
Aggressive but compelling eponymous debut album from London-based stoner rock band. Limb
John Howard: Live at the Servant Jazz Quarters - CD
Excellent live album recorded at rediscovered 70's singer-songwriter John Howard's first show in five years last year at the Servant Jazz Quarters in London
Silo: Work - CD
Imaginative third album and first in thirteen years from Danish trio Silo, which, despite being about the boredom and dullness of employment, proves totally enthralling
Psyche Bugyo: Psychedelic Judgeman Comes, He Has the Cherry Blossom on the Shoulder - CD
Accessible and upbeat psychedelia/Krautrock on debut album from Psyche Bugyo, the side project of Acid Mothers Temple bassist and vocalist Atsushi Tsuyama
Robin Trower: Compendium 1987-2013 - CD X2
Enthralling double CD compilation from British rock and blues guitarist, Robin Trower
James Walsh: Turning Point - CD
Emotive and soulful debut solo album from Starsailor singer and guitarist, James Walsh
Ziggy Marley: Fly Rasta - CD
Upbeat and sunny reggae on latest album from Ziggy Marley, the son of the late Bob Marley, which merges classic and modern reggae sounds
Dr Feelgood: Live at Rockpalast - CD
First-rate live CD/DVD recorded at a show at the Metropol in Berlin in 1980 from Dr Feelgood
Robert Cray Band: In My Soul - CD
Distinctive blues rock on fourteenth studio album from acclaimed singer-songwriter and guitarist, Robert Cray
Metronomy: Love Letters - CD
Playful but unsatisfying fourth album from much hyped 80's-influenced electronic act, Metronomy
Deborah Bonham: Spirit - CD
Rootsy Americana recorded in Nashville and Chichester on fourth album from singer-songwriter, Deborah Bonham
Sultan Bathery: Sultan Bathery - CD
Imaginative self-titled debut album from psychedelic/garage rock band, Sultan Bathery


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