Music Reviews

23 Skidoo

Singles and rarities collections from pioneering punk funksters

West World

The all-encompassing world of alt.country

To Helvetia And Back

Huge boxed set of European jazz festival concerts

Utopia - Bootleg Series Vol 2—Ksan 95FM Live 79

Blasting testament to Todd Rundgren's late-'70s stage rebirth

Carole King

Early '70s New York singer-songwriter in retrospect

Sugarhill Gang - Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

Reissued curate's eggs of debut albums from key early rappers

Jethro Tull

Remastered CD reissues of Lancastrian rockers

Elton John - Greatest Hits 1970-2002

Self-selecting career highlights overview

Lee Hazlewood - These Boots Were Made For Walkin'—The Complete MGM Recordings

Two-CD garnering of US maverick producer/songwriter's golden years. Includes rare and unreleased...

The Cowboy Junkies - The Best Of The Cowboy

17-track retrospective proves mildly addictive

Robert Palmer - At His Very Best

Ex-Vinegar Joe fella turned, er, '80s sex symbol celebrates 25 years of lounge lizardry

Edwin Starr

Agent 00 soul, licensed to thrill

Sparks - This Album's Big Enough... The Best Of

Something for the music lover with everything

David Bowie - Best Of Bowie

Every home should have one. Or possibly two

Carpenters - The Essential Collection 1965-97

Chronological 73-track, four-CD anthology of avant-MOR avatars

David Thomas - Monster

Box set of Pere Ubu frontman's five solo albums, plus bonus live material with Two Pale Boys

Dreams Never End

Four CDs of Mancunian magic from New Order's back pages, including cherry-picked album tracks, B-...

Dancing In The Dark

Best-of for uniquely bleak songwriter

Various Artists - Elec-Trax

Sixteen shiny "synthpop classics"

Isaac Hayes - Groove-A-Thon

Big Ike's disco detour, first time on CD

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Editor's Letter

The return of The Aphex Twin, and Caustic Window


Last year, Warp Records embarked on a campaign for Boards Of Canada's "Tomorrow's Harvest" comeback that was notable for its obtuseness. Unmarked 12-inches were hidden in record stores, strings of numbers and inexplicable broadcasts were strewn enigmatically across the internet. At one point, I...