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Latest Album reviews – May 2020

  Tim Burgess: I Love the New Sky review – unabashedly uplifting by Emily Mackay on 24th May 2020 at 12:00 pm (Bella Union)The Charlatans frontman comes full circle with effortless assuranceA chameleon of the times, Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess has manoeuvred smooth transitions from baggy psychedelicist to pugnacious belter of Britpop crowd-pleasers to peroxide-pudding-bowled […]

Musicians we have lost recently

We have lost several high profile and much loved musicians recently. Some are from natural causes however some have succumbed to Covid-19. Bill Withers Bill Withers, the influential US soul singer who wrote Lean on Me, Ain’t No Sunshine and Lovely Day died aged 81 of heart complications on 30 March 2020. Despite massive success […]

Record Shops and Covid-19 Coronavirus

In the light of recent Government guidance about the current Covid-19 Coronavirus epidemic, many UK record shops are closing temporarily. This is to comply with recommendations on social distancing in order to reduce the spread of the virus. As you can imagine these are difficult times for the country but if these rules are enforced […]

Album reviews February 2020

  King Krule: Man Alive! review – stirring, dreamy optimism by Tara Joshi on 23rd February 2020 at 3:00 pm (XL)Archy Marshall has been refining his woozy, washed-out sounds since he emerged back in 2010. With each release under his King Krule moniker, he has shown a proclivity for deeply emotive, expansive musicality steeped in […]

Latest albums – January 2020

Sam Lee: Old Wow review – Britain’s nature crisis in gnarly song by Jude Rogers on 31st January 2020 at 8:30 am (Cooking Vinyl) Lee’s twee-free third album, produced by Bernard Butler and featuring Liz Fraser, is a stark reminder of this country’s environmental concernsSam Lee has always sat slightly awkwardly within folk music. He […]

Albums of the year 2019

Ok, we have our own preferences but what have the UK music journalists, bloggers and other made their albums of the year in 2019? Here’s a summary of the the top 20 in various publications. The Guardian – top 20 albums 2019 2 Dave – Psychodrama Until this year, rapper Dave was a singles artist […]

November 2019 album reviews

Hannah Diamond: Reflections review – trance-pop rescued from good taste by Ben Beaumont-Thomas on 22nd November 2019 at 10:30 am (PC Music)On these melancholy bangers, the PC Music singer uses nursery rhyme-like melodies and a girlish sing-song delivery to essay the pain of being lovelorn and vulnerableHere’s an affecting companion piece to Caroline Polachek’s recently […]

National album day 2019 – Saturday 12 October 2019

On Saturday 12th October 2019 the entire British music community is coming together to celebrate the second National Album Day. The day celebrates the format of the album as an art form. In the days of streaming and people buying single tracks, National Album Day reminds us that albums can still have an impact on […]

Shortlist for 2019 Hyundai Mercury Album of the Year Prize

The music industry’s most random and unpredictable awards – Hyundai Mercury Album of the Year Prize – culminates with a live show and announcement on Thursday 19 September at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith. While we’re not convinced by the merits of pitting one work of  music against another in a competition it’s a great way […]