Music Reviews

Shooting Star

The Big Star flew solo, jumped back to his Southern roots, then went live in London

Jimmy Scott - Falling In Love Is Wonderful

First proper release in 40 years for landmark in American popular singing

Harry Nilsson - The Point

Fairytale concept album from 1970 that evolved into first feature-length, made-for-TV animated...

Soft Machine - Backwards

Six previously unreleased demos from era of Volume Two (1969) and Third (1970)

Various Artists - When The Sun Goes Down Vols 1-4

An exploration of rock'n'roll's roots, spanning 1926 to 1955

Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac - The Best Of...

Cherry-picked selection from original Mac man who had the blues word perfect

Hank Williams - Come September

Portrait of a tragic country genius

The Yardbirds - Little Games

Top-notch 1967 reissue plus zany studio and BBC sessions

Turbonegro

Saucy punk-metal benchmarks from '96 and '98

Mouse On Mars - Rost Pocks—The EP Collection

Collection of early work from German techno duo

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Funk-rock archaeology, with extra tracks and liner notes by Flea

Ether Madness

Re-release of first four albums from missing link between Banshees and Valentines, remastered by...

Blitzkrieg Flop

Flaky, star-studded homage to the late, great Joey, Dee Dee and Da Brudders

Sex'n'Sax Machine

Unmissable reissue of No Wave don's two 1979 albums on one CD

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

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Inside The New Uncut… The Best Albums Of 2014!


At some point in October, I started receiving emails from record labels and publicists about their Tips For 2015. A new year loomed, distantly, and with it the annual music business imperative to embrace a tranche of new artists. Around the same time, the 2014 Mercury Prize hoopla culminated...