Music Reviews

Harry - The Trouble With... Harry

Formerly "dirty" rock chick cleans up her act on debut album

Lunge - Strong Language

Blistering second LP by UK improv quartet

Insane Clown Posse - The Wraith: Shangri-LA

The band who make Slipknot look like S Club Juniors

Caitlin Cary - I'm Staying Out

Whiskeytown violinist goes it alone

Slow Dazzle

Hazy 12th album from perennial indie favourites

Howe Gelb - The Listener

Solo album from Giant Sand man recorded in Denmark

Adult. - Anxiety Always

Detroit duo follow up their Resuscitation singles collection

The Jayhawks - Rainy Day Music

Seventh album from immaculate country-rockers with guest appearances by Jakob Dylan, Bernie Leadon...

Strings Of Desire

First solo album in a decade from world's most famous producer

Pillows & Prayers - Cherry Red

Shoehorned onto this page because there's now a parallel DVD, which means this compilation of...

Chick Flicks: The Sequel - Warner

Not a genre Uncut features heavily, but the previous volume was one of the biggest-selling...

This Month In Soundtracks

If you can remember the '90s, you have mediocre taste in music. Subtitled "The Best Of Britpop",...

The Hours - Nonesuch

Philip Glass at his most minimal, repetitive, and inexplicably, magically, affecting. Apparently,...

Bob Sinclar - III

Third long-player from playful Franco-house pioneer

Dan Bern And The IJBC - Fleeting Days

Impressive follow-up to 2001's acclaimed New American Language from prolific folk rocker

Venus Hum - Big Beautiful Sky

Venus Hum are heralded as the "New Sound of Nashville", but Big Beautiful Sky's first few tracks...

Robin Guthrie - Imperial

Ether does it for ex-Cocteau Twin's solo debut

Matthew Ryan - Concussion

First Jesse Malin's solo debut, now Concussion—if anything, this is an even finer record...

The Durutti Column - Someone Else's Party

Ex-Factory 'ambient' guitarist returns with best album in years

Return Of The Mac

Tasty box of All-Sorts from mainstream monsters of yesteryear

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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...