Music Reviews

Van Dyke Parks - Song Cycle/Discover America/Clang Of The Yankee Reaper

Van Dyke Parks - Song Cycle/Discover America/Clang Of The Yankee ReaperThe vanguard's first three albums are difficult, but peerless...

Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man In The Universe

Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man In The UniverseHeroic comeback album from soul giant...

Beachwood Sparks - The Tarnished Gold

Beachwood Sparks - The Tarnished GoldZen and the art of twang: LA's cosmic psych cowboys return after a decade-long hiatus...

Can - The Lost Tapes

Can - The Lost TapesThis huge set of unheard cuts, forgotten by the band, restates the pioneers importance...

Patti Smith - Banga

Patti Smith - BangaSweet music, heavy issues on first collection of original material since 2004...

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood - Big Moon Ritual

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood - Big Moon RitualBlack Crowe's head music dives deep into the past...

Paul Simon - Graceland reissue

Paul Simon - Graceland reissue25th anniversary edition of Simon's surprising classic...

David Bowie - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars

David Bowie - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars40th anniversary clean up shows the devil in the detail...

Dexys - One Day I'm Going To Soar

Dexys - One Day I'm Going To SoarEven the longest journeys can end up taking you full circle...

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Americana

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - AmericanaThe loosest group in rock reunite with Young for this dark, raw and thrilling slice of electrified...

Make It Your Sound Make It Your Scene – Vanguard Records And The 1960s Musical Revolution

Make It Your Sound Make It Your Scene – Vanguard Records And The 1960s Musical Revolution4 CD box stuffed with blues, folk and songs that shaped an era...

Joey Ramone - . . . ya know?

Joey Ramone - . . . ya know?Breathtaking and bittersweet: Joey’s crown jewel, a stunning coda to the Ramones' saga...

Sugar - Copper Blue [reissue]

Sugar - Copper Blue [reissue]Bob Mould at his belligerent best...

George Harrison - Early Takes Vol 1

George Harrison - Early Takes Vol 1Quiet ones from the quiet one...

Paul Buchanan - Mid Air

Paul Buchanan - Mid AirMoving epitaph for The Blue Nile’s melancholic grace...

Paul McCartney - Ram [reissue]

Paul McCartney - Ram [reissue]Historically fascinating post-Beatles mish-mash...

Willie Nelson - Heroes

Willie Nelson - HeroesSepia-toned friends-and-family set from the living legend...

Small Faces - Odgens' Nut Gone Flake: Deluxe Edition

Small Faces - Odgens' Nut Gone Flake: Deluxe EditionUnique '60s classic remastered with added depth and bonus material...

Beach House - Bloom

Beach House - BloomThe Baltimore duo stitches a blue velvet tapestry...

Billy Bragg & Wilco - Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions

Billy Bragg & Wilco - Mermaid Avenue: The Complete SessionsUncle Barking! Essex Bard and Jeff Tweedy salute Woody Guthrie...

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Editor's Letter

The 46th (And Last) Playlist Of 2014


Sorry I didn't manage to post a playlist last week; a combination of germs, deadlines and various other professional/seasonal distractions meant that I ran out of time.

Here, though, is our last office list of 2014, with lots of strong new entries. A few highlights...