The Monochrome Set 1979-1985: The Complete Recordings (Tapete Records) 6 CD/LP Box Set Released: 9 February, 2018 10/10 6 disc retrospective of the Monochrome Set’s first six years. Way back in the murky depths and quagmire of a music scene barely recovering from the spit and snarl of punk, a band emerged with great riffs,… Continue reading The Monochrome Set: 1979-1985: The Complete Recordings – Album Review
TRACEY THORN RECORD UNMADE ROAD/CAROLINE INTERNATIONAL Electro-pop return for Thorn 8/10 Tracey Thorn’s first album of entirely new material for seven years, finds her in electro-pop mood and feminist defiance. Opener Queen is a great dance song, driven by Thorn’s vocals which are a mixture of bitter been there done that and the sweetness of… Continue reading Tracey Thorn: Record album review
COCTEAU TWINS HEAD OVER HEELS/TREASURE 4AD Vinyl re-issues of classic Cocteau. 9/10, 10/10 Head Over Heels was released in 1983 and saw the Cocteau Twins reduced to Elizabeth Fraser and Robin Guthrie. This album saw them moving towards the sound that would haunt ears for the decade to come. Sugar Hiccup is timeless, transporting you… Continue reading Cocteau Twins: Head Over Heels/Treasure re-issue albums reviewed.
THE MONOCHROME SET MAISIEWORLD TAPETE RECORDS TMS celebrate 40 years with new release 8/10 In a 40-year career The Monochrome Set have released more great records than the Carry On team have smutted double entendres. Maisieworld, a bigger sounding album than of late, with horns and female backing vocals, doesn’t disappoint. The bass is upfront… Continue reading The Monochrome Set: Maisieworld album review
Various Artists Bloodshot Records’ 13 Days Of Xmas (Bloodshot Records) CD/LP/DL Released: 17 November, 2017 08/10 Bloodshot Records get into the festive spirit. Is it humbug or a sack full of goodies? Christmas and popular music have a rocky history; sometimes sublime, sometimes ridiculous, often vomit inducing. Once upon a time having a Christmas number… Continue reading Various Artists: Bloodshot Records’ 13 Days Of Xmas – Album review
PENNY RIMBAUD WHAT PASSING BELLS ONE LITTLE INDIAN RECORDS Ex-Crass founder reads Wilfred Owen 9/10 With the recent centenary memorials for WW1, Rimbaud was moved to offer a different voice to the jingoism that so often accompanies such anniversaries. The voice he chose was the poetry of Wilfred Owen. Rimbaud brings an evocative, vibrant timbre… Continue reading Penny Rimbaud: What Passing Bells, Album Review
Lydia Loveless Boy Crazy and Single(s) (Bloodshot Records) CD/LP/DL Released: 13 October, 2017 08/10 A new collection of Lydia Loveless’s summery 5-song EP Boy Crazy plus six non-album singles and B-Sides released for autumn. Lydia Loveless is making a name for herself in the States with a mix of country, punk and alternative Southern rock… Continue reading Lydia Loveless: Boy Crazy and Single(s) – Album review