Music Reviews

Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes

Lost On The River: The New Basement TapesA forgotten box of Dylan's lyrics from 1967, set to music by Elvis Costello, Jim James and more...

The Jam - Setting Sons (Deluxe and Super Deluxe Editions)

The Jam - Setting Sons (Deluxe and Super Deluxe Editions)Remastered with bonus tracks. Weller and co's fourth album improves with age...

Sleater-Kinney - Start Together

Sleater-Kinney - Start TogetherTrio’s war against definition / explanation, compiled...

Sid Griffin - The Trick is To Breathe

Sid Griffin - The Trick is To BreatheFormer Long Rider takes a short trip home...

Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band - Sun Zoom Spark 1970 - 1972

Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band - Sun Zoom Spark 1970 - 1972The trout mask slips: Captain Beefheart’s commercial ambitions revealed...

Thompson - Family

Thompson - FamilyFolk-rock Von Trapps’ generation game...

Terry Reid - River

Terry Reid - RiverFree-roaming masterpiece of one of rock's nearly men...

The Rolling Stones - Live At The LA Forum / Hampton Coliseum

The Rolling Stones - Live At The LA Forum / Hampton ColiseumMixed bag of concert films, marred by loon pants...

Prince - Art Official Age / Prince & 3rdeyegirl - Plectrumelectrum

Prince - Art Official Age / Prince & 3rdeyegirl - PlectrumelectrumTwo unique new albums from the purple pioneer...

Mark Lanegan Band - Phantom Radio

Mark Lanegan Band - Phantom RadioMournful, loner blues-folktronica from America's deepest growl...

Ry Cooder - Soundtracks

Ry Cooder - SoundtracksTwang! Seven-disc box set brings Ryland’s other career into sharp focus...

Underworld - Dubnobasswithmyheadman

Underworld - DubnobasswithmyheadmanThunder thunder, lightning ahead! Now dark and even longer - a revolutionary album turns 20...

Stevie Nicks - 24 Karat Gold - Songs From The Vault

Stevie Nicks - 24 Karat Gold - Songs From The VaultFleetwood Mac star heads to Nashville chasing the songs that nearly got away...

Marcus Hook Roll Band - Tales Of Old Grand Daddy

Marcus Hook Roll Band - Tales Of Old Grand DaddyBC/DC! Lost 1973 LP featuring AC/DC's Angus and Malcolm Young, finally reissued...

Pink Floyd - The Endless River

Pink Floyd - The Endless RiverFinally! The first new album in 20 years proves a graceful, open-hearted swansong...

Leonard Cohen - Popular Problems

Leonard Cohen - Popular ProblemsAs he turns 80, Cohen quietly rages against the world with his darkest record for decades...

Lucinda Williams - Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone

Lucinda Williams - Down Where The Spirit Meets The BoneStraight outta Memphis: a soul-drenched renaissance...

Vashti Bunyan - Heartleap

Vashti Bunyan - HeartleapOne more diamond day: an elusive singer-songwriter's beautiful, last (probably) album...

Jesse Winchester - A Reasonable Amount Of Trouble

Jesse Winchester - A Reasonable Amount Of TroubleAnti-war icon: an unheralded voice bids a wistful farewell...

George Harrison - The Apple Years 1968 - 75

George Harrison - The Apple Years 1968 - 75The quiet Beatle's escape attempts remastered...

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D'Angelo's "Black Messiah": some first thoughts


When Thom Yorke sneaked out his new solo album a few months back, I managed to hold out for 66 hours before writing a review of "Tomorrow's Modern Boxes". Since waking up...