Music Reviews

Major Matt Mason - Honey, Are You Ready For The Ballet?

Kansas-born troubadour's second LP

Quite Sane - The Child Of Troubled Times: Short Stories

British-born producer of the Roots returns to jazz roots with a hip hop twist

Pleasure And Pane

With Mushroom having left the band and Daddy G taking a sabbatical from the studio to concentrate...

Best Of British

Ex-Fairporter's 21st solo studio album

El Hula - Violent Love

Cultured NZ pop from Boy George's label

Miracle Mile - Alaska

Gentle melodic pop and weeping pedal steels from British singer-songwriter

Pram - Dark Island

Seventh album from Leeds post-rockers

Dan Bern

Two EPs from modern-day Bob Dylan

Devics - The Stars At Saint Andrea

Moody, brooding album by LA hipsters

Clearlake - Cedars

Intensely moving, Simon Raymonde-co-produced follow-up to 2001's Lido

The Folk Implosion - The New Folk Implosion

Lou Barlow's 20th album, with new bandmates Imaad Wasif and Russell Pollard

Katy Carr - Passion Play

Second album from unpredictable English dance-folk prodigy

Lucinda Sieger - Heart In The Sky

Glaswegian chanteuse's second album

Pilot To Gunner - Games At High Speeds

UK release for US emo-rockers 2001 debut

Of Montreal - Aldhils Arboretum

Fragrantly funny loveliness from quirky Athens, Georgia collective

The Legendary Pink Dots - All The King's Horses

Fine post-September 11 release by Anglo-Dutch psychedelicists

Dakota Suite - This River Only Brings Poison

Stunning new album from Britain's best-kept secret

Electric Music AKA - The Slapback Sound

Second album from Scottish, London-based duo

Grand Mal - Bad Timing

NYC fivesome get their rocks off. Dave Fridmann produces

Matchbox Twenty - More Than You Think You Are

US rockers' 'difficult third album'

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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,”...