Music Reviews

Longwave - Endsongs

Debut from NY noisepop quartet

Ibrahim Ferrer - Buenos Hermanos

Another immaculate chapter in Ry Cooder's Technicolor Cuban adventure

Soledad Brothers - Live

Stonesy blues from White Stripes' backyard

Asian Dub Foundation - Enemy Of The Enemy

ADF have expanded their line-up and brought in Adrian Sherwood as executive producer. However,...

Folksongs For The Afterlife - Put Danger Back In Your Life

Dream-pop merchants from Brooklyn make LP debut

Buffseeds - The Picture Show

Unusual falsetto-voiced debut from much-fancied new band

Major Matt Mason - Honey, Are You Ready For The Ballet?

Kansas-born troubadour's second LP

Quite Sane - The Child Of Troubled Times: Short Stories

British-born producer of the Roots returns to jazz roots with a hip hop twist

Pleasure And Pane

With Mushroom having left the band and Daddy G taking a sabbatical from the studio to concentrate...

Best Of British

Ex-Fairporter's 21st solo studio album

El Hula - Violent Love

Cultured NZ pop from Boy George's label

Miracle Mile - Alaska

Gentle melodic pop and weeping pedal steels from British singer-songwriter

Pram - Dark Island

Seventh album from Leeds post-rockers

Dan Bern

Two EPs from modern-day Bob Dylan

Devics - The Stars At Saint Andrea

Moody, brooding album by LA hipsters

Clearlake - Cedars

Intensely moving, Simon Raymonde-co-produced follow-up to 2001's Lido

The Folk Implosion - The New Folk Implosion

Lou Barlow's 20th album, with new bandmates Imaad Wasif and Russell Pollard

Katy Carr - Passion Play

Second album from unpredictable English dance-folk prodigy

Lucinda Sieger - Heart In The Sky

Glaswegian chanteuse's second album

Pilot To Gunner - Games At High Speeds

UK release for US emo-rockers 2001 debut

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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...