Music Reviews

Jay-Z - The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse

Double CD follow-up to last year's mainstream rap classic proves that bigger is rarely better

Smashing Pumpkins - Earphoria

Classic live Pump action from early '90s

Erin McKeown - Distillation

Brilliant debut, released early 2003, from US roots singer

Kinky

From Monterey, Mexico, Kinky's extraordinary debut album was recently shortlisted for the American...

Benge - Meme Tunes

Mature and intriguing collection of clicks and cuts

Grant Langston - Chinese Fire Drill

Angst in straight lines from LA rocker

Chris Potter - Travelling Mercies

Outstanding tenorist tears it up

Chris Rea - Dancing Down The Stony Road

Life-threatening illness sends Rea back to his roots

Venetian Snares - Winter In The Belly Of A Snake

Vaguely upsetting Toronto electronica

Meat Beat Manifesto - Ruok

Pioneering polemicist reinvented as sci-fi Moby

Ben Vaughn - Glasgow Time

US TV soundtracker (3rd Rock From The Sun), producer (Ween) and Alex Chilton collaborator makes...

Waterson: Carthy - Eliza Carthy

Famous family digs deep for folk roots

Swizz Beatz - Swizz Beatz Presents G.H.E.T.T.O. Stories

Dull vanity release from Ruff Ryders leader Kasseem Dean

American and African stars combine to pay tribute to the late Fela Kuti

Zabrinksi - Koala Ko-Ordination

Cardiff teenagers' second album

Nashville Skyline

Shotgun Willie recorded live in the country capital with a clutch of great names including Sheryl...

Neko Case - Canadian AMP

Vinyl-only mini LP of stripped-down delights from Virginian chanteuse

Nickel Creek - This Side

Sophomore outing for much-vaunted 'Youthgrass' Californian trio

This Month In Americana

Beguiling collection of sepia-tinged ephemera spanning 1993-2002 from LA songstress, sometime...

Hoggboy - Or 8?

Debut release from Yorkshire four-piece follows on from support slot with The White Stripes

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The 35th Uncut Playlist Of 2014


Weird serendipities aplenty this week: versions of "O, Death" on two albums I downloaded one after another, by Mike & Cara Gangloff and Bessie Jones; dovetailing into Sea Island overlap between Jones and Loscil. It makes for a nice blurring between time and genre with, say, the Gangloffs...