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XTC - Skylarking

XTC - SkylarkingField music: Swindoners’ pastoral epiphany, finally as nature intended...

Dead Moon - In The Graveyard / Unknown Passage / Defiance

Dead Moon - In The Graveyard / Unknown Passage / DefiancePortland garage rock refuseniks still doing it their way. The first three albums, for the first...

The Black Keys - Turn Blue

The Black Keys - Turn BlueFollowing the triumph of El Camino, Auerbach, Carney and Danger Mouse roll the dice, play it where...

Bruce Springsteen - A Musicares Tribute

Bruce Springsteen - A Musicares TributeThe good, the bad and the ugly pay tribute to a mighty catalogue as The Boss looks on...

Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds In Country Music

Sturgill Simpson - Metamodern Sounds In Country MusicAnyone for metaphysical prog country? Nashville songwriter heads for the stars...

Roddy Frame - Seven Dials

Roddy Frame - Seven DialsThe Aztec Camera-man relives his early-'80s glories - slap bass and all...

Pulp: A Film About Life, Death And Supermarkets

Pulp: A Film About Life, Death And SupermarketsJarvis and co shoot for a happy ending...

Grace Jones - Nightclubbing (Deluxe edition)

Grace Jones - Nightclubbing (Deluxe edition)Pull up to her bumper! Disco diva’s 1981 new-wave masterpiece pimped out with b-sides and...

Wreckless Eric - Le Beat Groupe Electrique / The Donovan Of Trash

Wreckless Eric - Le Beat Groupe Electrique / The Donovan Of TrashThe whole wide world, captured via the lo-fi blues...

Sharon Van Etten - Are We There

Sharon Van Etten - Are We ThereHeart on sleeve missives on excellent self-produced third from National associate...

Hamilton Leithauser - The Black Hours

Hamilton Leithauser - The Black HoursStrings, swooning, good humour. “White collar Americana” from the former Walkmen singer...

Swans - To Be Kind

Swans - To Be KindAnother set of pulverising epics from Michael Gira...

Autoluminescent

AutoluminescentThe sad story of Roland S Howard, vividly told...

He Wasn't Just The Fifth Member Of Joy Division: A Film About Martin Hannett

He Wasn't Just The Fifth Member Of Joy Division: A Film About Martin HannettThe disorderly story of the architect of the Factory Records sound...

Chuck E Weiss - Red Beans And Weiss

Chuck E Weiss - Red Beans And WeissSoCal boho's "alternative jungle music" finds its groove...

Bobby Bare - Darker Than Light

Bobby Bare - Darker Than LightSeasoned campaigner yanks up his roots...

Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots

Damon Albarn - Everyday RobotsJourney through the past... The songwriter's solo debut proper is his most personal statement yet...

Thee Oh Sees - Drop

Thee Oh Sees - DropOscillating garage rock weirdness from West Coast psychonaut...

Bobby Charles - Bobby Charles (reissue, 1972)

Bobby Charles - Bobby Charles (reissue, 1972)Swamp-pop goes Woodstock: Louisiana legend's rarely heard '72 masterpiece with The Band...

The Delines - Colfax Avenue

The Delines - Colfax AvenueRichmond Fontaine's Willy Vlautin is back with a new band, a female singer and a rich collection of...

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Inside The New Uncut… The Best Albums Of 2014!


At some point in October, I started receiving emails from record labels and publicists about their Tips For 2015. A new year loomed, distantly, and with it the annual music business imperative to embrace a tranche of new artists. Around the same time, the 2014 Mercury Prize hoopla culminated...