John Mulvey

The Best Albums Of 2014 (thus far...)



The Best Albums Of 2014 (thus far...)

Happy new year, everyone. Since we’re into 2014 now, and (perhaps more pertinently) since all of our 2013 charts generated so much traffic to www.uncut.co.uk last month, I thought it’d be useful/cynical to post a Best Of 2014 (Thus Far) list.


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Michael Bonner

The View From Here: The 20 Best Albums Of 2013



The View From Here: The 20 Best Albums Of 2013

Apologies - I've been a little late posting my Best Albums Of 2013 list. In mitigation, at least I managed to post my Best Films Of 2013 last week, which you can read here.


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John Mulvey

Reviewed: The Waterboys play "Fisherman's Blues", London Hammersmith Apollo, December 18, 2013



Reviewed: The Waterboys play "Fisherman's Blues", London Hammersmith Apollo, December 18, 2013

So this, I think, might be a new thing: not so much a live recreation of a classic album, but a live recreation of the sessions which resulted in a classic album. A show predicated not just on evocative songs recorded 25-odd years ago, but on a nostalgia for outtakes that – up until a month or so ago, at least – most of the crowd in the Hammersmith Apollo tonight had never even heard.


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Michael Bonner

First Look - Martin Scorsese's The Wolf Of Wall Street



First Look - Martin Scorsese's The Wolf Of Wall Street

The bulk of the action takes place in retrospect, prominently soundtracked by music from that era. There’s a knowing narration from a central character who is attracted to an exhilarating lifestyle fuelled by crime, money and drugs. There is a terrible fall, and a redemption of sorts.


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John Mulvey

The 47th Uncut Playlist Of 2013



The 47th Uncut Playlist Of 2013

The last playlist of 2013, I think, and – as you’ll see – a bunch of faithful retainers slipping back in with 2014 releases. Not sure I can believe I’m ending the year with an embedded video of Tears For Fears covering Animal Collective, but there you go.


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Allan Jones

The Kinks, Robert Plant, David Crosby, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Presley in the first Uncut of 2014



The Kinks, Robert Plant, David Crosby, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Presley in the first Uncut of 2014

This is the last newsletter of 2013, and therefore an appropriate moment perhaps to thank you for your support over the last 12 months and wish you all the best for the New Year. The next time you hear from me, our first issue of 2014 will already be out – we’ll be on sale from Friday, January 3 – so here’s a brief taster of what to expect.


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The Best Albums Of 2013 - The Uncut Top 80



The Best Albums Of 2013 - The Uncut Top 80

This month’s issue of Uncut, as you may have seen, comes with a free supplement showcasing our extensive end-of-year charts. We’ve decided, though, to post our 80 Best Albums Of 2013 list here.

You can read new assessments of these albums in the booklet. But in the meantime, click on the links to read the original Uncut reviews. A reminder, too, that Uncut staffers have been posting their individual 2013 lists:


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Another Uncut Best Albums Of 2013 list



Another Uncut Best Albums Of 2013 list

While our current magazine features a 52-page supplement revealing Uncut’s top 80 albums of 2013, voted for by the Uncut staff and nearly 50 contributors, here we’re gradually publishing some of our staff’s individual picks of the year’s best releases.


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Michael Bonner

Peter O'Toole: 1932 – 2013



Peter O'Toole: 1932 – 2013

Early on in Lawrence Of Arabia, the head of the Arab bureau, Mr Dryden, calls Lawrence into his office and invites him to investigate the progress of the Arab Revolt against Constantinople and to appraise the strength of the Arab tribes.


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Michael Bonner

Uncut's Best Films Of 2013



Uncut's Best Films Of 2013

Oddly, perhaps, I've just signed off my film pages for the first issue of 2014. January is traditionally a strong month for releases, as the studios hit heavy for the big awards season push, all the same it looks like next year is off to a strong start with new releases from the Coen brothers, Steve McQueen and Spike Jonze.


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On the morning of July 29, 1966 Bob Dylan became distracted while out riding his Triumph motorbike. Writing about the incident later in Chronicles Volume 1, Dylan rather gnomically recalled, “I had been in a motorcycle accident and I’d been hurt, but I recovered.” Of course,...