Music Reviews

Malcolm Morley - Ian Gomm

Long-lost pub rock albums finally resurface

Steve Forbert - More Young, Guitar Days

Southern boy recalls homesick-in-the-city salad days

Townes Van Zandt - Texas Troubadour

Late, great Lone Star songwriter, often covered, seldom bettered

Ween - God Ween Satan—The Oneness

New Hope, PA nutters started out with a Casio and then bled rock's corpse dry

Blue Orchids

Reissue of rarities, live stuff, Peel sessions, plus unreleased 1993 album

The Vinyl Countdown

Legendary single-a-month scam from indie stalwarts revisited

Forever Young

Achronological compilation with titular reference to album's length. Includes three new tracks

Retro Grades

Nostalgia overload for the School Disco crowd

Ramones - Loud, Fast

The hits that launched a thousand punks

Sir Douglas Quintet

Tex-Mex pioneer who prefigured country rock in the Beatlemania era

John Coltrane

A sax supreme

Various Artists - 16 Classiques De 1995 À 2002

Double CD of best tracks from celebrated Sourcelab compilations

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

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Editor's Letter

Reviewed: Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo, August 27, 2014


There is a song on "Aerial", Kate Bush's eighth and possibly best album, called "Bertie". "Here comes the sunshine," it begins, "Here comes that son of mine/Here comes the everything/Here's a song and a song for him." Nine years later, here, perhaps is a show for him: an unexpected comeback; a...