Music Reviews

Stacker - Eurotechno

Mini album soundtrack to revolutionary Eurotechno video, originally released in 1989

Various Artists - The Now Sound Of Brazil

Cool modern Brazilian sounds remixed

Ray Charles - Thanks For Bringing Love Around Again

Godlike genius in "plastic funk" scandal

Justin Timberlake - Justified

Solo debut by 'NSync frontman with production by Timbaland and the Neptunes

Julia Fordham - Concrete Love

Comeback album from early Dido prototype

Short Cuts

Also released this month...

Various Artists - The Very Best Of World Duets

First and Third world meetings in music

Snoop Dogg - Paid Da Cost To Be Da Boss

Original gangsta reforms

Impressive to excessive live foray from quartet

Axe Factor

Fabulous neo-MBV guitarfest from happening Berlin electronica label

The Residents - Demons Dance Alone

Mysterious Californian outsider outfit release album written in wake of September 11

Retro '60s garage rock from Scandinavian quartet

Various Artists - Risiko 100

Ultra-hip German label gets birthday cake and bunting treatment

Paul Barman - Paullelujah

Unlikely as he is—a white, upper-class rapper who positively revels in his Ivy Leaguery...

The Sea And Cake - One Bedroom

Chicago indie jazzers' latest, featuring cover of Bowie's "Sound And Vision"

Various Artists - Digital Disco

Avant-electro types dazzled by mirrorballs

The Ramainz - Live In NYC

Final offering from da bruddas past their gabba-gabba heyday

Henri Texier - Azur Quintet

Moody and fascinating European orchestral jazz

Power To The People

Eighth album from rap renegades is a 21-track jumble of new tracks, live performances and fan...

The Very Best Of The Tube - Universal TV

It's the 20th anniversary—already—of the groundbreaking TV pop show where enigmatic...

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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...