Music Reviews

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'

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

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Editor's Letter

The 46th (And Last) Playlist Of 2014


Sorry I didn't manage to post a playlist last week; a combination of germs, deadlines and various other professional/seasonal distractions meant that I ran out of time.

Here, though, is our last office list of 2014, with lots of strong new entries. A few highlights...