Music Reviews

KTB - All Calm In Dreamland

Gentle debut from youthful singer-songwriter produced by her brother from Goldrush

Various Artists - The Fire This Time

Shaming secret history of the war on Iraq, soundtracked by Aphex Twin, Orbital and co

The High Cost Of Living

Dark, worldly-wise solo return from Van der Graaf Generator man

TLC - 3D

Two surviving members of "No Scrubs" trio carry on without Lisa Left-Eye Lopes

Jay-Z - The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse

Double CD follow-up to last year's mainstream rap classic proves that bigger is rarely better

Smashing Pumpkins - Earphoria

Classic live Pump action from early '90s

Erin McKeown - Distillation

Brilliant debut, released early 2003, from US roots singer

Kinky

From Monterey, Mexico, Kinky's extraordinary debut album was recently shortlisted for the American...

Benge - Meme Tunes

Mature and intriguing collection of clicks and cuts

Grant Langston - Chinese Fire Drill

Angst in straight lines from LA rocker

Chris Potter - Travelling Mercies

Outstanding tenorist tears it up

Chris Rea - Dancing Down The Stony Road

Life-threatening illness sends Rea back to his roots

Venetian Snares - Winter In The Belly Of A Snake

Vaguely upsetting Toronto electronica

Meat Beat Manifesto - Ruok

Pioneering polemicist reinvented as sci-fi Moby

Ben Vaughn - Glasgow Time

US TV soundtracker (3rd Rock From The Sun), producer (Ween) and Alex Chilton collaborator makes...

Waterson: Carthy - Eliza Carthy

Famous family digs deep for folk roots

Swizz Beatz - Swizz Beatz Presents G.H.E.T.T.O. Stories

Dull vanity release from Ruff Ryders leader Kasseem Dean

American and African stars combine to pay tribute to the late Fela Kuti

Zabrinksi - Koala Ko-Ordination

Cardiff teenagers' second album

Nashville Skyline

Shotgun Willie recorded live in the country capital with a clutch of great names including Sheryl...

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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...