Album Reviews

The Wave Pictures offer booze soaked Bamboo Diner in the Rain
The Wave Pictures meant for their latest album Bamboo Diner in The Rain to be a booze-soaked, bluesy love letter to guitar music. In some ways, they...more
Sleigh Bells return with distinctive sound for Jessica Rabbit
'Tis the season to be jolly. Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller - better known as Sleigh Bells - are back with their fourth studio album, Jessica Rabbit....more
Non Canon treads new ground for debut album
Barry Nolan says that his new project, Non Canon, “exists apart from the story we know and love.” The last time I checked, non-canon was also a w...more
Esben and the Witch release magnificent Older Terrors
Mark our words: just as Esben and the Witch are not a standard band, this is not a standard four-track release. Ranging 10 to just under 14 minutes in...more
Lady Gaga’s case for reinvention on Joanne
Right from the off, Lady Gaga’s fifth studio album, Joanne, asserts itself as a bit of a departure. As with any release from such a visual artist, ...more
Dragonette chase pop perfection on Royal Blues
“Are we cool?” she asks as the title track cascades to a close, and it’s not yet clear who’s doing the asking: is the song’s protagonist che...more
Thought Forms take a step closer with Songs About Drowning
Thought Forms have spent twelve years burrowing themselves into the darker enclaves of Bristol’s live music scene, recruiting some of its more promi...more
The Brian Jonestown Massacre dazzles with Third World Pyramid
Critics would have you believe that the career of a certain Anton A Newcombe (the troubled songwriter producer who works under the moniker of The Bri...more
Agnes Obel battles electronics for Citizen of Glass
If Aventine explores orchestral light and shade, then Citizen of Glass dives into the back office and the gentle hum of a computer. A slow descent of ...more
Hooton Tennis Club return with charming Big Box of Chocolates
The ‘difficult second album’ theory; the idea that a band have spent so much of their early days working on a definitive debut album that by the t...more