Music Reviews

Swans - To Be Kind

Swans - To Be KindAnother set of pulverising epics from Michael Gira...

Autoluminescent

AutoluminescentThe sad story of Roland S Howard, vividly told...

He Wasn't Just The Fifth Member Of Joy Division: A Film About Martin Hannett

He Wasn't Just The Fifth Member Of Joy Division: A Film About Martin HannettThe disorderly story of the architect of the Factory Records sound...

Chuck E Weiss - Red Beans And Weiss

Chuck E Weiss - Red Beans And WeissSoCal boho's "alternative jungle music" finds its groove...

Bobby Bare - Darker Than Light

Bobby Bare - Darker Than LightSeasoned campaigner yanks up his roots...

Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots

Damon Albarn - Everyday RobotsJourney through the past... The songwriter's solo debut proper is his most personal statement yet...

Thee Oh Sees - Drop

Thee Oh Sees - DropOscillating garage rock weirdness from West Coast psychonaut...

Bobby Charles - Bobby Charles (reissue, 1972)

Bobby Charles - Bobby Charles (reissue, 1972)Swamp-pop goes Woodstock: Louisiana legend's rarely heard '72 masterpiece with The Band...

The Delines - Colfax Avenue

The Delines - Colfax AvenueRichmond Fontaine's Willy Vlautin is back with a new band, a female singer and a rich collection of...

Toumani Diabaté & Sidiki Diabaté - Toumani & Sidiki

Toumani Diabaté & Sidiki Diabaté - Toumani & SidikiFather and son entwine koras in a cross-generational celebration...

Slint - Spiderland Boxset

Slint - Spiderland BoxsetPost-rock's crowning glory beautifully remastered, with bonus tracks, a film... and its mystery...

Real Estate - Atlas

Real Estate - AtlasGreetings from Bergen County, New Jersey… A ravishing third album from jangling romantics...

Robbie Basho - The Voice Of The Eagle

Robbie Basho - The Voice Of The EagleBlanket coverage - the Native American influence on this guitar raga sage...

Ben Watt - Hendra

Ben Watt - HendraStark, beautiful return for the solo Everything But The Girl man...

Emmylou Harris - Wrecking Ball

Emmylou Harris - Wrecking Ball1995 masterpiece reissued with disc of out-takes and making-of DVD...

The Afghan Whigs - Do To The Beast

The Afghan Whigs - Do To The BeastIt will never be over. Greg Dulli’s emotional return...

Quincy Jones - Complete Recordings 1955 - 59 / 1960 - 1962

Quincy Jones - Complete Recordings 1955 - 59 / 1960 - 1962Bargain priced boxsets showcasing the early genius of Mr Jones...

The Rise And Fall Of The Clash

The Rise And Fall Of The Clash...but mostly, the fall. An awkward, insightful account of how it all went sour for Strummer &...

Miles Davis - Bootleg Series Vol 3: Miles At The Fillmore 1970

Miles Davis - Bootleg Series Vol 3: Miles At The Fillmore 1970Miles in 1970: expanded, and expanding all the time...

Linda Perhacs - The Soul Of All Natural Things

Linda Perhacs - The Soul Of All Natural ThingsPsychedelic folk, eschatology, spirals and choirs: welcome back, Linda Perhacs...

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D'Angelo's "Black Messiah": some first thoughts


When Thom Yorke sneaked out his new solo album a few months back, I managed to hold out for 66 hours before writing a review of "Tomorrow's Modern Boxes". Since waking up...