Music Reviews

Joni Mitchell - The Studio Albums 1968 - 1979

Joni Mitchell - The Studio Albums 1968 - 1979From Laurel Canyon to jazz-rock's far outposts - the suffragette of sensuality's stunning first...

The Beach Boys - Live In Concert

The Beach Boys - Live In ConcertThe 50th Anniversary Tour captured on film...

Scott Walker - Bish Bosch

Scott Walker - Bish BoschTubax! Zercon! Ceausescu! Walker’s meta-textual journey continues...

The House Of Love - The House Of Love

The House Of Love - The House Of LoveGuy Chadwick’s fractious gang’s debut, now expanded – and at times, truly exhilarating...

Cockney Rebel - Cavaliers

Cockney Rebel - Cavaliers4CD triumph for art-pop’s ‘Cocky Rabble’...

X-TG - Desertshore: The Final Report

X-TG - Desertshore: The Final ReportRadically reworking a Nico album, Throbbing Gristle leave Genesis behind...

Iris Dement - Sing The Delta

Iris Dement - Sing The DeltaBringing it all back home: Arkansas dazzler's first original music in 16 years...

The Jam - The Gift: Super Deluxe Edition

The Jam - The Gift: Super Deluxe EditionThe Fab Three's studio swansong, with B-sides, demos, vids and a live gig...

Led Zeppelin - Celebration Day

Led Zeppelin - Celebration DayNo myth-making here: just an impressive document of old friends blowing minds again...

The Rolling Stones - GRRR!

The Rolling Stones - GRRR!Despite the silly title and gorilla sleeve, this 3CD compilation proves a respectable primer...

Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin - Instrumental Tourist

Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin - Instrumental TouristCosmic collaboration from two electronic masters...

The Lumineers - The Lumineers

The Lumineers - The LumineersPounding folk debut album from Denver, Colorado-based trio...

Kris Kristofferson - Feeling Mortal

Kris Kristofferson - Feeling MortalMore death, Vicar? Aged 76, KK faces down the Reaper...

Mickey Newbury - Lulled By The Moonlight/Stories From The Silver Moon Cafe/Blue To This Day

Mickey Newbury - Lulled By The Moonlight/Stories From The Silver Moon Cafe/Blue To This DayThe last wilful testaments of a true original...

The Rolling Stones - Charlie Is My Darling Ireland 1965

The Rolling Stones - Charlie Is My Darling Ireland 1965Satisfaction guaranteed! The band's fascinated early days...

Woody Guthrie – Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection

Woody Guthrie – Woody At 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial CollectionHard to believe that Woody Guthrie, conceivably, could still be alive in 2012, given that he’s been...

Allah-Las – Allah-Las

Allah-Las – Allah-LasLos Angeles quartet the Allah-Las have the most perfect of backstories for a group making such...

The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico

The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & NicoThe banana’s back. Not before time. Late last year, Lou Reed’s reputation suffered a serious blow...

Donald Fagen - Sunken Condos

Donald Fagen - Sunken CondosAn unexpected new treat from the Hall of Famer...

Mark Eitzel - Don't Be A Stranger

Mark Eitzel - Don't Be A StrangerMore heartbreak and droll humour from one of America’s underrated greats...

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Editor's Letter

Steve Gunn, "Way Out Weather"/Nathan Bowles, "Nansemond"


How does a questing psychedelic guitarist transform themselves into a classic singer-songwriter? By compromising, in many cases. Steve Gunn, however, is managing the transition with uncanny elegance. Maybe you've already heard the latest album from this languidly prolific Brooklyn guitarist: it'...