Music Reviews

John Doe - Dim Stars, Bright Sky

Former X rocker swaps urban noise for pastoral reverie

The Go-Betweens - Bright Yellow Bright Orange

Unusually potent comeback continues

Fame Academy - Mercury

Like everyone else, if I crave the society of other adults, I'll have to pretend this is abhorrent...

Adaptation - Source

New Yorker Carter Burwell scored Velvet Goldmine, which would be a coincidence (see above) if I...

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The Wild Thornberrys Movie - Jive

An animated kiddies' thing which, to my untrained eye, looks scarily like Rugrats, this is set in...

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Shearwater - Everybody Makes Mistakes

Hailing from the same US stable as The Mendoza Line, the Austin, Texas quartet Shearwater embrace a...

Jim And Jennie And The Pinetops - One More In The Cabin

Both Jim Krewson and Jennie Benford were raised in tradition-steeped communities (in Pennsylvania...

Cat Power - You Are Free

Fifth album from enigmatic New York songstress

Absinthe Blind - Rings

Midwestern siblings in Britpop homage

Tim Easton - Break Your Mother's Heart

Continuing saga of the 'real' Ryan Adams

John Fahey - Red Cross

Guitar legend's moving valediction

The Raveonettes - Whip It On

Danish duo's debut garage-rock blast

A Kick Up The'80s

Advances on electroclash from Omaha and Germany

David Whitaker - André Popp

First two volumes of Tricatel's Imaginary Museum series pay homage to under-acknowledged arrangers

Ms Jade - Girl Interrupted

Timbaland does the job but Jade fails to shine

Dinky - Black Cabaret

New York DJ takes a turn on the other side of the tables

Sally Crewe & The Sudden Moves - Drive It Like You Stole It

Spiky, spunky Leeds singer-guitarist's debut, recorded in Austin with Spoon

Dorine_Muraille - Mani

Hardcore folktronica. From Cherbourg

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Very taken with Africa Express' version of "In C", by Terry Riley, this week. I have a few takes on the piece (50 years old this month, incidentally), the latest being one by Portishead's Adrian Utley from a couple of years back, though I still probably default to what I think is the original...