Music Reviews

Kenso - Fabulis Mirabilibus De Bombycosis Scriptis

Japanese prog band keep genre alive

Various Artists - Tigerbeat 6: Paws Across America 2002 Tour CD

Budget-priced 14-track compilation by Kid 606-style avant-techno types

Eyes Adrift

Nirvana bassist's triumphant return

Virginia MacNaughton - Levers, Pulleys & Engines

Sultry debut from British newcomer with big potential

The Aluminum Group - Happyness

Fifth album of brainy chamber pop from Chicago-based brothers

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...

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Introducing… Elvis Costello: The Ultimate Music Guide


In June 1977, Allan Jones of the Melody Maker took a familiar route to the offices of Stiff Records in West London. His appointment, that day, was with a notably irascible young singer-songwriter from Hounslow. In the course of a frequently startling interview, the man who had chosen to call...