Music Reviews

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'

Horsepower Productions - In Fine Style

Compilation of 12-inchers by London producers

Scout Niblett - I Conjure Series

Unorthodox mini-album from singer-songwriter

Manorexia - The Radiolarian Ooze

Second Manorexia outing from JG Thirlwell, aka Foetus, available exclusively from www.foetus.org

Great Western

Fourth LP from purveyors of Hispanic-Americana

This Month In Americana

First UK releases for currently hot band

Papa Garcia - Bring Me The Head Of Papa Garcia

Auspicious, genre-defying debut from London-based polymath and sometime Telefunken/Hefner...

Joy Zipper - American Whip

Second album from Italian-American enigmas, produced by Kevin Shields

Songdog - Haiku

Second album of bruised brilliance from London-via-South Wales trio

Mira Calix - Susanne Brokesch

Uplifting and elegiac organic electronica

Melys - Casting Pearls

Welsh Peel favourites make slight return

Jackie Leven - Shining Brother, Shining Sister

Scottish cult hero's first since 2001's Creatures Of Light And Darkness

Andmoreagain...

Legendary creator of arguably the finest psychedelic album ever recorded makes a passionate return

Wayne's World

All dressed up and somewhere to go—Oklahoma visionaries in resplendent spectacle

The Mendoza Line - The Borderline, London

US indie quintet calm the country and blast the rock

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Introducing… Elvis Costello: The Ultimate Music Guide


In June 1977, Allan Jones of the Melody Maker took a familiar route to the offices of Stiff Records in West London. His appointment, that day, was with a notably irascible young singer-songwriter from Hounslow. In the course of a frequently startling interview, the man who had chosen to call...