Music Reviews

Return Of The MacIntyre

Darkly uplifting second album from Scottish pop visionary

The Hidden Cameras - The Smell Of Our Own

Self-styled "gay church folk music" from Toronto

State River Widening - Early Music

Sophomore release for London instrumental trio

Goldrush - Extended Play

Mini LP from Oxfordshire quintet follows 2002's fine Don't Bring Me Down

Burning Ambition

Incendiary Leyton rappers light the long-awaited way to an authentic UK style

Kathleen Edwards - Carter Wood

Fine debuts from new alt.country queens

Ben Harper - Diamonds On The Inside

Diverse fifth studio album from modern American roots icon

Burning Brides - Fall Of The Plastic Empire

Remastered punk rock from The White Stripes' old touring partners

MC Honky - I Am The Messiah

So-so solo album from E of The Eels

Frenzy Reunited

Kristin Hersh

The Kills - Keep On Your Mean Side

Fast-rising blues-rock duo release debut LP after tour with Primal Scream

The Sleepy Jackson

Australia's next big thing unleash experimental mini-album debut

The Cardigans - Long Gone Before Daylight

Follow-up to MTV-friendly Gran Turismo

Sole - Selling Live Water

Absorbing countercultural rap

The Minus 5 - Down With Wilco

Tweedy & co prove handy recruits to the R.E.M. spin-off

Adrian Sherwood - Never Trust A Hippy

On-U Sound master and former Clash DJ makes debut solo foray

Sonny Landreth - The Road We're On

Louisiana-based blues revivalist

Use Your Delusion

Twenty-first album from America's startlingly original lord of lo-fi

April March - Triggers

Second album from former Ren And Stimpy writer and animator

Tosca - Delhi 9

Third album from the other duo Dorfmeister (one half of nu-acid jazz stars Kruder & Dorfmeister...

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Reviewed: Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion by Robert Gordon


As Robert Gordon reminds us in Respect Yourself: Stax Records And The Soul Explosion, his terrific account of the rise and fall of the great Memphis soul imprint, the Stax story is more than a record-label history. “It is an American story,” Gordon writes,”...