Bruce Springsteen has scored his tenth UK number one album with High Hopes, beating the likes of David Bowie and Michael Jackson.
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Sunday 05 April 2009
Sunday 15 March 2009
Neil Young is in dog-like, grunge, anti-consumerist, apocalyptic, preach mode, with lardy backbeat and durrr-brain chord changes nurdled through amps cranked to 11.
Friday 13 March 2009
The sleeve typography of Beware echoes Neil Young's Tonight's The Night, and while the contents aren't quite as dismissive of listeners' sensibilities, they're still marked by the ruthless, even cruel streak that has become Will Oldham's characteristic trope.
Sunday 08 February 2009
You'd think, having spent the past five years as one of Ryan Adams's Cardinals, that Neal Casal might have picked up a thing or two about attitude.
Sunday 07 December 2008
In a perfect world, Louris and Olson would never make a record without each other.
Sunday 24 August 2008
No one does gravitas quite like JB. She does it without self-doubt. And if that great whipping silken flag of a soprano is rather diminished now (small mercies, you might say), Joan's sense of solemnity has not diminished one whit.
Friday 15 August 2008
There are moments on Earth to the Dandy Warhols – particularly the moments when they attempt to marry falsetto West Coast harmonies with rolling Krautrock grooves – when the band seem on the verge of stumbling across a dynamic, new, rock form, but there are others which leave one on the verge of despair.
Friday 04 July 2008
Willie Nelson takes it all as it comes these days, collaborating with everyone from Toby Keith to Toots Hibbert. But this live set with the don of trad jazz sparks his interest.
Sunday 08 June 2008
Emmylou's Daniel Lanois period is over. She's back in Nashville with Brian Ahern on the other side of the thickened glass, which means that an elegantly chiming country-rock sound replaces the arty false perspectives and cultivated grit of the Lanois vibe.
Friday 23 May 2008
Wondering why Tom Petty's first band Mudcrutch never secured a deal, it strikes me: is there a less appealing name in rock'n'roll? Their pleasant country-rock on this belated debut is no less engaging than that of other, more famous, California-cowboy combos.
Friday 16 May 2008
For this follow-up to Vetiver's acclaimed 2006 album To Find Me Gone, singer Andy Cabic has opted to pay tribute to the artists that helped sculpt his own musical character, with a series of cover versions.
Sunday 06 April 2008
On my list of criminally neglected Americana auteurs, Mark Kozelek is right up there, battling for supremacy with Jason (Magnolia Electric Co, Songs: Ohia) Molina and Sam (Iron & Wine) Beam (what is these people's problem with their given names?).
Sunday 30 March 2008
'Attack & Release' was produced by Danger Mouse (of Gnarls Barkley/Gorillaz fame), but give or take a few plasticky background beats, if someone told you it was recorded between 1967 and 1974 by Foghat or Rory Gallagher, you wouldn't blink.
Neil Young, Hammersmith Apollo, London<br />Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Pressure Point, Brighton
Sunday 23 March 2008
Tuesday 04 March 2008
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
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