Music Reviews

Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball

Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking BallAn angry Boss attacks big business on his grim but brilliant 17th studio album...

David Sylvian - A Victim Of Stars

David Sylvian - A Victim Of StarsA visionary musician, revealed under the make-up...

Lambchop - Mr M

Lambchop - Mr MUsing a Sinatra cut-up technique, and inspired by Vic Chesnutt's tragic death, Kurt Wagner and co's...

Pulp - It/Freaks/Separations

Pulp - It/Freaks/SeparationsThe lesser-known 1980s works of Jarvis Cocker...

Simple Minds 5 x 5

Simple Minds 5 x 5Their post-punk early years, boxed...

The Story Of Lovers Rock

The Story Of Lovers RockSmart documentary unzips a hidden chapter of British reggae...

Mark Lanegan Band - Blues Funeral

Mark Lanegan Band - Blues FuneralThe grunge-blues giant returns, now digging deeper grooves and - shock! - nu disco...

Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur

Kathleen Edwards - VoyageurThe Canadian went looking for a new producer. What she found, on her fourth album, was love.

Throbbing Gristle: the industrial pioneers, reissued

Throbbing Gristle: the industrial pioneers, reissuedTheir unsavoury reputation precedes them, but the photo of Throbbing Gristle on the sleeve of...

This One’s For Him - A Tribute To Guy Clark

This One’s For Him - A Tribute To Guy ClarkAll-star cap-doffer to one of the uncrowned kings of American roots...

PJ Harvey - Let England Shake: 12 Short Films By Seamus Murphy

PJ Harvey - Let England Shake: 12 Short Films By Seamus MurphyOn the generally acclaimed Let England Shake, Harvey gave her music a bony, volkish edge, flaying...

Paul McCartney - Kisses On The Bottom

Paul McCartney - Kisses On The BottomSir Paul’s romantic, (and loving) take on standards...

Black Power Mixtape

Black Power MixtapeBlack America’s militant years, captured on rediscovered Swedish documentaries. Right on!

Chimes Of Freedom - The Songs Of Bob Dylan

Chimes Of Freedom - The Songs Of Bob DylanCollection of covers of Bob songs; some good, some not so good.

Calexico - Selections From Road Atlas 1998-2011

Calexico - Selections From Road Atlas 1998-2011A fine digest of Calexico in a handsome, limited edition box set...

Pearl Jam Twenty

Pearl Jam TwentyCameron Crowe's feature length documentary celebrates the grunge legends...

Cabaret Voltaire - Johnny Yesno Redux

Cabaret Voltaire - Johnny Yesno ReduxCabaret Voltaire's Steel City noir, now rewired with extras...

Public Image Limited - the complete reissues

Public Image Limited - the complete reissuesJohn Lydon's post-Pistols back catalogue re-released...

The Blues Accordin' To Lightnin' Hopkins

The Blues Accordin' To Lightnin' HopkinsIntimate portrait of a legendary bluesman...

Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas

Leonard Cohen - Old IdeasHis first studio album for eight years finds Cohen addressing waning physical powers and moral...

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Editor's Letter

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...