Music Reviews

Paul McCartney - Back In The US: Live 2002

The Cute Beatle reminds America who the real Boss is

Joan Armatrading - Lovers Speak

Mature collection of new songs from pioneering '70s singer-songwriter

Shipping News - Three-Four

Full-length debut from Louisville lo-fi trio

Tayo - Soul Of Man And Phantom Beats

Budget-priced samplers of clubland's hot new microscene

Mark Selby - Dirt

Nashville hit songwriter gets gritty

Dayna Kurtz - Postcards From Downtown

Powerful debut after a decade's tough luck from hard-bitten New Jersey singer-songwriter

Psychedelicacies

Lazer-Guided Melodies for the laptop generation

Gary Numan - Hybrid

Double album of new songs plus remixes of old stuff from Sugababes' sugar daddy

Jimi Tenor - Higher Planes

Accomplished seventh album from Finnish multi-instrumentalist

DJ Muggs - Dust

Debut solo album from erstwhile Cypress Hill producer

Smallville - Eastwest

The fastest-growing TV show in the US, wherein tales of a young Superman are accompanied by a radio...

Chicago - Epic

Sometimes you just have to hand it to the mainstream. Chicago is a riot as a big glossy movie (...

More Music From 8 Mile - Interscope

The soundtrack from Eminem's gamble-that-paid-off movie has done so well that second helpings have...

This Month In Soundtracks

DA Pennebaker, that eminent celluloid chronicler of live rock (Don't Look Back, Down From The...

Enrico Rava & Stefano Bollani - Montreal Diary B

Capricious duets from two top players

Peter Bolland - Frame

Alt.country debut with southern California leanings

Beans - Tomorrow Right Now

Anti-Pop rapper goes solo

Doyle Bramhall - Fitchburg Street

Stevie Ray's soul brother still going strong

James Luther Dickinson - Free Beer Tomorrow

Thirty years on, Memphis giant releases sophomore solo album

The Halcyon Band - Sirocco

Northern rock alliance have Love on their minds

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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...