Music Reviews

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

Short Cuts

Also released this month...

Earl Scruggs - Classic Bluegrass Live

Cleveland County bluegrass legend and Foggy Mountain Boy wows Newport festival crowd, 1959-66

Various Artists - Fabric Live 7—John Peel

Ace addition to budget soundclash series

Tractor

30th-anniversary reissue for Julian Cope-inspiring prog classic

Artie Shaw - Self Portrait

Five-CD anthology from swing-era rebel

Eddie & Ernie - Lost Friends

First CD compilation of duo known as "the acme of deep soul"

Will Smith - Greatest Hits

Grammy-winners and million-sellers from the once-Fresh Prince

The Zombies - The Decca Stereo Anthology

Their entire studio output 1964-1966, remastered in stereo

They Might Be Giants - Dial-A-Song—20 Years Of TMBG

Wacky Brooklyn combo who defy taste and fashion but can write a song about that, too

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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...