Music Reviews

Dr Robert - Keep On Digging For The Gold

Unreleased work and rarities from ex-Blow Monkey's 1990s output

Various Artists - Gordon Raphael Presents Top Hits Volume 1

This features nine bands showcasing two tracks apiece produced by Gordon Raphael. New York's The...

Crooning Glory

Big easy listening on second full-length album from Sheffield songsmith

Holy Smokes

Two helpings of previously unreleased material from the leading political comedian of his generation

Boxstep - The Faces All Look On

Eight-piece Pittsburgh ensemble with epic debut

Mary Lee's Corvette - Blood On The Tracks

Intriguing remake of classic Bob Dylan break-up album from female perspective

Audioslave

Long-mooted supergroup finally release debut

Yann Tiersen - L'absente

He helped Audrey Tautou steal your heart in Amélie, and Tiersen, like that film, evokes the...

Baz - Psychedelic Love

Brought up on the same south London estate as the rampaging So Solid Crew, you might have expected...

Shuggie Otis - In Session Information

"Strawberry Letter 23" psychedelic soul boy wonder turns '70s session man

My Morning Jacket - Sweatbees

American space cowboys release UK-only EP of early releases

Sizzla - Ghetto Revolution

Babylon burns on reggae superstar's nu-roots stormer

The Mountain Goats - Tallahassee

New instalment of 'alt.folk soap opera'

K - Goldfish

Ex-Beekeeper/Ida songstress' second outing

Casino Versus Japan - Whole Numbers Play The Basics

Probably the most wistful music you'll hear this year is on this debut album by Casino Versus Japan...

Cuban Heals

One of the greatest living exponents of American roots music teams up with leading Cuban rock...

Jeff Klein - Everybody Loves A Winner

Following labelmate Jesse Malin's success, twentysomething Jeff Klein's take on warped American...

Xtra Curricular

FUZZY WARBLES 2

Buddy Miller - Midnight And Lonesome

Nashville-based Miller's stock has never been higher: Emmylou Harris' musical director for the past...

This Month In Americana

Stunning two-CD document of last summer's Louisville, Kentucky shows. DVD to follow

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Editor's Letter

The 35th Uncut Playlist Of 2014


Weird serendipities aplenty this week: versions of "O, Death" on two albums I downloaded one after another, by Mike & Cara Gangloff and Bessie Jones; dovetailing into Sea Island overlap between Jones and Loscil. It makes for a nice blurring between time and genre with, say, the Gangloffs...