Music Reviews

Laibach - The John Peel Sessions

Austere Slovenians' BBC recordings between 1986 and 1987

Grand Drive

Raynes Park-based champions of Americana reissued

Martin Newell - The Off White Album

1995 outing from The Independent's resident poet, with extra material

Pavement - Wowee Zowee

Reissue of US indie icons' undervalued third album

Bittersweet Nothings

Further helpings of articulate and soulful intensity from highly-acclaimed British singer-...

Jenny Toomey - Tempting: Jenny Toomey Sings The Songs Of Franklin Bruno

US chanteuse covers the songbook of lo-fi LA maverick

David Tyack With Malcolm Mooney - Rip Van Winkle

Mancunian prodigy collaborates with ex-Can vocalist on latter's second solo release since 1971

Songs Of Love And Haste

'Godfather of goth' hires former Birthday Party producer Nick Launay for 'urgent' 12th album

Zwan - Mary Star Of The Sea

Ex-Smashing Pumpkin man teams up with David Pajo, formerly of Slint

The Hellacopters - By The Grace Of God

Godfathers of Scandinavian rock return with sleeker hi-fi sound

Common - Electric Circus

Socially conscious rapper goes psychedelic, with stunning results

Johnny Marr And The Healers - Boomslang

Sixteen years after The Smiths, Johnny Guitar goes solo

John Doe - Dim Stars, Bright Sky

Former X rocker swaps urban noise for pastoral reverie

The Go-Betweens - Bright Yellow Bright Orange

Unusually potent comeback continues

Fame Academy - Mercury

Like everyone else, if I crave the society of other adults, I'll have to pretend this is abhorrent...

Adaptation - Source

New Yorker Carter Burwell scored Velvet Goldmine, which would be a coincidence (see above) if I...

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The Wild Thornberrys Movie - Jive

An animated kiddies' thing which, to my untrained eye, looks scarily like Rugrats, this is set in...

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Shearwater - Everybody Makes Mistakes

Hailing from the same US stable as The Mendoza Line, the Austin, Texas quartet Shearwater embrace a...

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Editor's Letter

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,”...