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Simple Minds 5 x 5

Simple Minds 5 x 5Their post-punk early years, boxed...

The Story Of Lovers Rock

The Story Of Lovers RockSmart documentary unzips a hidden chapter of British reggae...

Mark Lanegan Band - Blues Funeral

Mark Lanegan Band - Blues FuneralThe grunge-blues giant returns, now digging deeper grooves and - shock! - nu disco...

Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur

Kathleen Edwards - VoyageurThe Canadian went looking for a new producer. What she found, on her fourth album, was love.

Throbbing Gristle: the industrial pioneers, reissued

Throbbing Gristle: the industrial pioneers, reissuedTheir unsavoury reputation precedes them, but the photo of Throbbing Gristle on the sleeve of...

This One’s For Him - A Tribute To Guy Clark

This One’s For Him - A Tribute To Guy ClarkAll-star cap-doffer to one of the uncrowned kings of American roots...

PJ Harvey - Let England Shake: 12 Short Films By Seamus Murphy

PJ Harvey - Let England Shake: 12 Short Films By Seamus MurphyOn the generally acclaimed Let England Shake, Harvey gave her music a bony, volkish edge, flaying...

Paul McCartney - Kisses On The Bottom

Paul McCartney - Kisses On The BottomSir Paul’s romantic, (and loving) take on standards...

Black Power Mixtape

Black Power MixtapeBlack America’s militant years, captured on rediscovered Swedish documentaries. Right on!

Chimes Of Freedom - The Songs Of Bob Dylan

Chimes Of Freedom - The Songs Of Bob DylanCollection of covers of Bob songs; some good, some not so good.

Calexico - Selections From Road Atlas 1998-2011

Calexico - Selections From Road Atlas 1998-2011A fine digest of Calexico in a handsome, limited edition box set...

Pearl Jam Twenty

Pearl Jam TwentyCameron Crowe's feature length documentary celebrates the grunge legends...

Cabaret Voltaire - Johnny Yesno Redux

Cabaret Voltaire - Johnny Yesno ReduxCabaret Voltaire's Steel City noir, now rewired with extras...

Public Image Limited - the complete reissues

Public Image Limited - the complete reissuesJohn Lydon's post-Pistols back catalogue re-released...

The Blues Accordin' To Lightnin' Hopkins

The Blues Accordin' To Lightnin' HopkinsIntimate portrait of a legendary bluesman...

Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas

Leonard Cohen - Old IdeasHis first studio album for eight years finds Cohen addressing waning physical powers and moral...

Johnny Cash - Bootleg Vol.3: Live Around The World

Johnny Cash - Bootleg Vol.3: Live Around The WorldThe man in black takes it to the masses across three decades and two CDs...

Dave Davies - Hidden Treasures

Dave Davies - Hidden TreasuresWhatever it was meant to be, it wasn’t fun. In the closing years of the 1960s, the Kinks’ managers...

Rolling Stones - Some Girls Live In Texas

Rolling Stones - Some Girls Live In TexasIt’s 1978 and the Rolling Stones have just left the soggy vagueness of their mid-70s career behind...

The Who - Quadrophenia Director's Cut

The Who - Quadrophenia Director's CutHaul out the Vespa! Jimmy the Mod rides again on two and five CD reissues of Townshend’s 1973...

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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...