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Album Reviews – January 2022

Cate Le Bon: Pompeii review – introspective isolation album by Phil Mongredien on 30th January 2022 at 3:00 pm (Mexican summer)An almost entirely solo affair, the Welsh musician’s sixth album encapsulates feelings of lockdown with a nod to mid-70s Bowie Continue reading… Alice Glass: Prey//IV review – songs of trauma and recovery by Emily Mackay […]

Album reviews – November – December 2021

Billy Strings: Renewal review – bold and beautifully written bluegrass by Laura Snapes on 16th December 2021 at 10:00 am (Rounder)Revelations about heartbreak, America and addiction combine with banjo workouts in this testament to complex humanity• More albums we missed in 2021 Continue reading… Me Rex: Megabear review – a choose-your-own-adventure trip for the streaming […]

Album reviews – October 2021

Malcolm Jiyane: Umdali review | Ammar Kalia’s global album of the month by Ammar Kalia on 15th October 2021 at 8:00 am (Mushroom Hour Half Hour)A figure in his country’s jazz scene since his early teens, Jiyane’s skill comes to the fore in his anticipated debut as a bandleader, a set full of hope and […]

Album Reviews – September 2021

Public Service Broadcasting: Bright Magic review – mood music, from Weimar to Bowie by Phil Mongredien on 26th September 2021 at 2:00 pm (Play It Again Sam)Berlin is the inspiration for the band’s inventive if melancholy fourth album Continue reading… The Specials: Protest Songs 1924-2012 review – genre-hopping calls to action by Damien Morris on […]

Album Reviews August 2021

Shaybo: Queen of the South review – the Lewisham rapper shows a soft side by Kadish Morris on 22nd August 2021 at 2:00 pm (Black Butter)The dancehall-influenced artist comes of age on a star-studded mixtape full of confidenceTo call yourself Queen of the South before ever releasing an album could easily be a hostage to […]

Album Reviews July 2021

Ishmael Ensemble: Visions of Light review – a sax, strings and synths epic by Kate Hutchinson on 8th August 2021 at 2:00 pm (Severn Songs)There are shades of Jon Hopkins, Bon Iver, Soulwax and more, but the Bristol collective’s second album has a scope and grace all its ownIt’s not easy to pull off an […]

March 2021 album reviews

Serpentwithfeet: Deacon – a swoon in the Californian sun Poppy, life-affirming ode to gay domestic bliss is a paean to black people ‘living their damn life anyhow’ Sarah Moule: Stormy Emotions – an unerring tribute to Fran Landesman Moule captures every nuance of the late great lyricist’s words, beautifully set by Simon Wallace. Tune-Yards: Sketchy […]

February 2021 Album Reviews

Jeremy Pelt: Griot – This Is Important! review – a jazz album for everyone by John Fordham on 26th February 2021 at 9:00 am (High Note) Storytelling trumpeter Pelt boldly crosses genres and ages with agile contemporary bop, ballads and spoken word passages Jeremy Pelt, a trumpet virtuoso who could have dropped without blinking into […]

Album Reviews July 2020

Glass Animals: Dreamland review – technicolour pop shaded with pain by Aimee Cliff on 7th August 2020 at 8:00 am (Polydor)Trauma has triggered a more inward-looking exploration of the Oxford quartet’s grandstanding, hallucinogenic soundDave Bayley, frontman of Oxford psych-pop quartet Glass Animals, has always embraced the fantastical. The group’s debut set Lewis Carroll-worthy lyrics over […]

Album reviews June 2020

Jessie Ware: What’s Your Pleasure? review – rooted in lustful disco by Tara Joshi on 28th June 2020 at 2:00 pm (Virgin)The singer-songwriter swaps luxe pop for the energy of the dancefloor on her heady fourth albumJessie Ware emerged in 2010, lending her silken vocals to electro producer SBTRKT. A solo career followed but, while […]