Music Reviews

Janis Joplin - The Essential Janis Joplin

Handy two-CD career retrospective of ill-starred singer who happened in Monterey

Various Artists - Legend Of A Mind: The Underground Anthology

Shockingly good three-CD archive of UK prog-rock

Department S - Sub-Stance

With NYC's bright new hopes (Liars, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) openly worshipping at the altar of scratchy...

Miaow - When It All Comes Down

Cath Carroll's complete 'C86' years

Gorky's Zygotic Mynci - Various Artists

Esteemed wacky Welsh group's early years plus Ankst two-CD retrospective

Spandau Ballet - True

North London fops' third album, remastered for 20th anniversary

Serge Gainsbourg - Initials SG—The Ultimate Best Of

Sleazy balladeer's finest, with liner tributes from Beck

Return Of The Grievous Angel

The mighty Lemonhead gets seven-year-itch and returns a much-changed man

Stephen Jones - Almost Cured Of Sadness

Former Baby Bird man delves deeply into his love/hate relationship with television

Going To California

South London duo head out West to beef up sound for follow-up to The Optimist LP

Wayne Kramer - Adult World

The Hellacopters and Syd Straw aid MCS guitarist on fourth solo LP

Moloko - Statues

Sheffield's ever-quirky modern dance troupe refine their chilly club choons

Nicolai Dunger - Tranquil Isolation

Well-connected singer-songwriter on the spot again. Features Will Oldham

Fat Truckers

Sheffield synth-bloke trio's debut album

Cursive - The Ugly Organ

Concept album about sexuality from Nebraska quintet

Cass McCombs - Not The Way

Promisingly dazed US singer-songwriter

Short Cuts

Also released this month...

Junior Senior - D-D-Don't Stop The Music

Riotously infectious debut from fun-fixated Danish duo

Calla - Televise

Doom-laden noodling from NYC's latest press darlings

The Joe Jackson Band - Volume 4

He's The Man again

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A garage rock round-up: Ty Segall! Meatbodies! Wand! King Gizzard! Cool Ghouls!


By its very nature, garage rock can be a trashy, erratic business - inevitable given the unbridled spontaneity it privileges. One of the many amazing things about Ty Segall and the ever-expanding circle of artists around him, however, is how they've found a way of adding consistency to the...