Music Reviews

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

Bob Sinclar And DJ Gregory - Africanism

French filtered disco goes ethnic

Big Brovaz - Nu Flow

Slick UK R&B/hip hop hybrid

Joni Mitchell - Travelogue

Joni looks back with a symphony orchestra

Sondre Lerche - Faces Down

Debut album from 19-year-old Norwegian singer-songwriter

Tom Paxton - Looking For The Moon

Surprisingly enjoyable album from Greenwich Village folk veteran

Horace Andy - Mek It Bun

Reggae veteran and Massive Attack vocalist returns to Jamaica for a smoke

Branford Marsalis Quartet - Footsteps Of Our Fathers

Serious overview of black music

Short Cuts

The Beatles, The Doors, The Bee Gees, Curtis, Kris and Willie etc, are treated to a first-class...

Chicago

Big-style brass-bolstered jazz-rock remastered

Deep Purple - Listen, Learn, Read On

Breathtaking box set exhaustively chronicling Purple's live and rare heritage

Procol Harum - Singles As & Bs

A quarter-century of baroque-rock 45s

Various Artists - Lee 'Scratch' Perry

Speaker-shredding delights from the archives of dub

Cath Carroll - The Gondoliers Of Ghost Lake

Fourth solo album co-written with husband Kerry Kelekovich

The Zombies - Singles As & Bs

Lightly jazzy English pop spread thinly

T. Rex

WAX CO SINGLES VOLUME 2 (1975-8) BOTH EDSEL If you hit puberty back in the '70s, your first vaguely...

The Pretty Things - Singles As & Bs

R&B/psychedelic/rock odyssey charted in 45s

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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...