Music Reviews

Crazy Paving

Ex-Pavement kingpin condenses decades of rock'n'roll lunacy into one uneasy capsule

Loudbomb - Long Playing Grooves

Bob Mould alter-ego gets heavy on the dancefloor

Danny Barnes & Thee Old Codgers - Things I Done Wrong

Singer in Texas punk bluegrass band The Bad Livers in strong new start. Bill Frisell guests, Marc...

Alan Moore And Tim Perkins - Snakes And Ladders

Magickal creation theory in latest music-backed spoken words from comics king

Robin Gibb - Magnet

The avant-garde Bee Gee goes boldly into the realms of R&B

Return Of The MacIntyre

Darkly uplifting second album from Scottish pop visionary

The Hidden Cameras - The Smell Of Our Own

Self-styled "gay church folk music" from Toronto

State River Widening - Early Music

Sophomore release for London instrumental trio

Goldrush - Extended Play

Mini LP from Oxfordshire quintet follows 2002's fine Don't Bring Me Down

Burning Ambition

Incendiary Leyton rappers light the long-awaited way to an authentic UK style

Kathleen Edwards - Carter Wood

Fine debuts from new alt.country queens

Ben Harper - Diamonds On The Inside

Diverse fifth studio album from modern American roots icon

Burning Brides - Fall Of The Plastic Empire

Remastered punk rock from The White Stripes' old touring partners

MC Honky - I Am The Messiah

So-so solo album from E of The Eels

Frenzy Reunited

Kristin Hersh

The Kills - Keep On Your Mean Side

Fast-rising blues-rock duo release debut LP after tour with Primal Scream

The Sleepy Jackson

Australia's next big thing unleash experimental mini-album debut

The Cardigans - Long Gone Before Daylight

Follow-up to MTV-friendly Gran Turismo

Sole - Selling Live Water

Absorbing countercultural rap

The Minus 5 - Down With Wilco

Tweedy & co prove handy recruits to the R.E.M. spin-off

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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...