Music Reviews

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

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

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A garage rock round-up: Ty Segall! Meatbodies! Wand! King Gizzard! Cool Ghouls!


By its very nature, garage rock can be a trashy, erratic business - inevitable given the unbridled spontaneity it privileges. One of the many amazing things about Ty Segall and the ever-expanding circle of artists around him, however, is how they've found a way of adding consistency to the...