Music Reviews

Midlake - Antiphon

Midlake - AntiphonThe band move on with a subtle change of emphasis following Tim Smith's departure...

Billy Bragg - Life's A Riot With Spy Vs Spy 30th Anniversary Edition

Billy Bragg - Life's A Riot With Spy Vs Spy 30th Anniversary EditionThe bard's compact debut plus live counterpart...

Willie Nelson - To All The Girls...

Willie Nelson - To All The Girls...At 80, country’s king takes up with 18 assorted queens...

Gene Clark - The Byrd Who Flew Alone

Gene Clark - The Byrd Who Flew AloneA dark chronicle of his life and works...

Jonathan Wilson - Fanfare

Jonathan Wilson - FanfareTaking Laurel Canyon songcraft into epic territory on his second album...

Paul McCartney - New

Paul McCartney - NewYoung producers help locate classic Macca sounds....

John Martyn - The Island Years

John Martyn - The Island YearsOld and new treasures from the folk pioneer...

Kelley Stoltz - Double Exposure

Kelley Stoltz - Double ExposureOne-man garage auteur arrives at his natural home...

Linda Thompson - Won't Be Long Now

Linda Thompson - Won't Be Long NowFolk-rock grande dame, still damned grand...

Arcade Fire - Reflektor

Arcade Fire - ReflektorA grand - sometimes cacophonous - inquisition into what comes next...

Omar Souleyman - Wenu Wenu

Omar Souleyman - Wenu Wenu500 albums into his career, a Syrian cult hero hooks up with Four Tet for his first trip to a...

The Beatles - On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2

The Beatles - On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2The return of the Fab Four at the Beeb and live - now with added Beatle wit...

Nirvana - In Utero: 20th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition

Nirvana - In Utero: 20th Anniversary Super Deluxe EditionServing the servants: Kurt’s caustic last stand, now spread across four discs...

Basically, Johnny Moped

Basically, Johnny MopedAn accidental visionary and "star in his own world"... the strange tale of a cult punk hero...

The Beta Band - The Regal Years (1997 - 2004)

The Beta Band - The Regal Years (1997 - 2004)A 6 CD set of LPs, EPs, Beeb cuts, demos and live...

Prefab Sprout - Crimson/Red

Prefab Sprout - Crimson/RedPaddy McAloon makes a heartfelt, hook-laden return...

Roy Harper - Man & Myth

Roy Harper - Man & MythThe outsider no more - Harper's first album in 13 years is a magnificent, ambitious rejuvenation...

Volcano Choir - Repave

Volcano Choir - RepaveJustin Vernon and his able mates set sail, under a strong wind, on what could prove to be an epic...

Van Morrison - Moondance Deluxe Edition

Van Morrison - Moondance Deluxe EditionHow much of a good thing is too much..?

Okkervil River - The Silver Gymnasium

Okkervil River - The Silver GymnasiumWill Sheff goes back to the future...

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Editor's Letter

The 39th Uncut Playlist Of 2014


A lot to get through here, but I'm indebted once more to the resource that is www.nyctaper.com, who this week have posted two amazing live sets by Steve Gunn and Ryley Walker. Elsewhere, there's a new Waterboys track to check out,...