Music Reviews

John Cale - Conflict & Catalysis: Productions & Arrangements 1966-2006

John Cale - Conflict & Catalysis: Productions & Arrangements 1966-2006The Velvet Underground man’s knob-twiddling years.

Big Brother & The Holding Company - Live At The Carousel Ballroom 1968

Big Brother & The Holding Company - Live At The Carousel Ballroom 1968Fly on the psychedelic wall: The Bear's sonic journals snag a masterpiece...

Lee Ranaldo - Between The Times And The Tides

Lee Ranaldo - Between The Times And The TidesSonic Youth guitarist makes his 'proper song' debut...

The Shins - Port Of Morrow

The Shins - Port Of MorrowCareer. Commitment. Can this really be The Shins? It surely can...

The Chemical Brothers - Don't Think

The Chemical Brothers - Don't ThinkBrothers gonna work it out live in Japan...

Dirty Three - Towards The Low Sun

Dirty Three - Towards The Low SunAlbum ten finds Warren Ellis and company staking out new and beautiful territory...

The Jazz Baroness

The Jazz BaronessMini-bio of the great Thelonius Monk...

Paul Weller - Sonik Kicks

Paul Weller - Sonik KicksA sprightly Modfather, bringing it all back home on another career-high solo album...

Django Django - Django Django

Django Django - Django DjangoSpirited art-rock from swashbuckling quartet...

Anais Mitchell - Young Man In America

Anais Mitchell - Young Man In AmericaThe follow-up to Hadestown seals Mitchell’s pre-eminence...

Jim White - Where It Hits You

Jim White - Where It Hits YouRousing fifth solo LP from peripatetic US maverick...

Shearwater - Animal Joy

Shearwater - Animal JoyOkkervil River lifeboat sails into rockier waters...

Pink Floyd - The Wall Immersion Edition

Pink Floyd - The Wall Immersion EditionEdited highlights: a new 7CD/DVD 'Immersion' box set includes 64 demos from the archives...

Palace - the early years

Palace - the early yearsFive works by Will Oldham's first persona, reissued. No extras, some weirdness...

Guided By Voices - Let's Go Eat The Factory

Guided By Voices - Let's Go Eat The FactoryThe chaotic US band’s “classic lineup” convenes for the first time in over 15 years...

Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parks, Yim Yames - New Multitudes

Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parks, Yim Yames - New MultitudesAlt Americana supergroup finish what their Daddy started.

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...

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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...