Music Reviews

Simply Red - Home

Comeback attempt by Mr Hucknall with his first indie release in 20 years

Grand Popo - Football Club Shampoo Victims

Electro duo Ariel Wizman and Nicolas Errera bring fun back to French avant-disco with help from...

Jackie Leven - The Borderline, London

One of the oddest gigs I've seen in a long time. The weathered Leven sings mournful songs of loss...

Manchester Reunited

The homecoming Boy has come a long way

Motor Boys Motor

What's left of The MC5 kick out those jams again with help (and hindrance) from Dave Vanian, Ian...

Short Cuts

Also released this month...

Willie Nelson - Crazy: The Demo Sessions

Rough and heartfelt beginnings of legendary renegade

Morphine - The Best Of Morphine

Sixteen-track anthology of darkcore Boston trio, including previously unreleased tracks

The Carpenters - As Time Goes By

Unreleased gems from eccentric brother and sister combo

Roy Ayers - Destination Motherland: The Roy Ayers Anthology

Definitive two-CD, 33-track compilation of jazz-funk vibraphonist's finest moments

Rory Gallagher - Wheels Within Wheels

Much lamented Irish guitar hero's roots exposed

Heart - The Essential Heart

Double whammy from Seattle's multi-faceted finest

The Style Council - The Sound Of The Style Council

Best-of to mark 20th anniversary of Weller's experimental post-Jam outfit

Roxette - The Ballad Hits

Tear-streaked wonder from Abba's pop-rock progeny

Various Artists - Glass Onion:Songs Of The Beatles

Black artists reinterpret the Fabs

Townes Van Zandt - Absolutely Nothing

Posthumous live and studio collection from legendary Texan troubadour

Glen Campbell - Rhinestone Cowboy: The Best Of

Son of an Arkansas share-cropper made good

Lo Fidelity Allstars - Abstract Funk Theory

Tenth in the series exploring influences on modern dance music

Toppermost Of The Coppermost

Reissue of blonde wonders' five studio albums. In other words, Sting when he was good

Show Me The Money

Two CDs of remixes from the eternally bloody-minded Richard D James

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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...