Sometimes, even the most hardened doubters of Gary Barlow’s MOR entertainer schtick have had to concede that he can write ’em. Cynics can relax, though, because no such concessions are required for his first solo album since 1999, which falls below Barlow’s best – “Patience”, “Rule the World” – at just the point when he needed to up his game.
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Monday 27 June 2011
Thursday 09 June 2011
Glastonbury Festival boss Michael Eavis is lamenting the booking of novelty group The Wombles for this year's event - and said it was a mistake.
Friday 20 May 2011
Whether it's the involvement of Coldplay's Guy Berryman in the production, or simply their shift to a major label, on You & I The Pierces have lost much of what made 2007's Thirteen Tales of Love and Revenge so beguiling.
Friday 20 May 2011
Friday 13 May 2011
A supposed "soundtrack for empty cities at 2am", Destroyed was recorded by Moby while touring, and has an appropriately unrooted feel, full of spooked solitude.
Friday 15 April 2011
Guillemots have never been short on ambition, and Walk the River opens accordingly, with trepidation and expectation wrapped up together in the title-track's foreboding intro riff, as Fyfe Dangerfield sings of "backing out of the race".
Friday 11 March 2011
Tuesday 01 March 2011
Coldplay's new record features a track inspired by Ash's 'Dare To Dream'.
Wednesday 16 February 2011
Coldplay have ended months of speculation to confirm they will be among the headliners at Glastonbury Festival this summer.
Tuesday 15 February 2011
Coldplay have been approaching new songs "as though they are a metal band".
Thursday 03 February 2011
Chris Martin is devastated over his parents' divorce.
Friday 17 December 2010
Coldplay fans heading to the band's only live UK performances of 2010 this weekend – two "hidden gigs" for homeless charity Crisis in Liverpool and Newcastle – would do well to arrive early as the evening's support act is a treat not to be missed.
Wednesday 08 December 2010
Chart stars Coldplay are to top the bill for this year's Christmas Top Of The Pops with a one-off performance of their festive single.
Friday 30 July 2010
An offshoot of Montreal-based indie collective Broken Social Scene, Stars' lush indie-pop is here employed for a theme of ghosts, perhaps inspired by the antique double-exposure sleeve photo, whose sullen subject is surrounded by five indistinct faces.
Sunday 11 July 2010
Tired of penning consoling-arm-around-your-shoulders Coldplay-esque anthems with Snow Patrol (and hearing "Chasing Cars" on US TV shows, perhaps), Gary Lightbody sought a new "country" direction that reflected his love of Wilco, Smog, Calexico etc. M Ward, Zooey Deschanel and REM's Peter Buck all chip in.
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