Sheryl Crow "Feels Like Home" (Warner Bros)
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Friday 25 June 2010
In 2008, I wrote in this column about Violens. The New York four-piece had put out a fine EP of droning guitars, psychedelic sounds and dreamy harmonies, but I subsequently lost track of them.
Sunday 06 June 2010
As a wise critic said of CGI film-making, when anything’s possible, nothing surprises.
Album: Kris Kristofferson, Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends: The Publishing Demos 1968-72 (Light in the Attic)
Friday 07 May 2010
From Rhodes Scholar to decorated military helicopter pilot to janitor is hardly the most promising of career trajectories, but Kris Kristofferson finessed that downward arc into something extraordinary when he made the jump from Nashville studio dogsbody to the singer-songwriter who, according to Willie Nelson, hauled country music "out of the Dark Ages" – a process depicted in downbeat but gripping manner on these hitherto unreleased demos.
Tuesday 04 May 2010
Rescuers using boats and jet-skis plucked stranded residents from their flooded homes today as the death toll from weekend storms in the US rose to 28 in three states.
Sunday 18 April 2010
Lucky Soul's debut album, The Great Unwanted, was adored by everyone who encountered it.
Sunday 11 April 2010
Friday 09 April 2010
For all its alluring qualities, there's something slightly discomfiting about this debut offering from Paul Simon's son, Harper.
Monday 01 March 2010
Sunday 21 February 2010
Should you give the Features a chance because they are Kings of Leon's favourite band, as well as the first act signed to their fledgling label?
Friday 12 February 2010
One of the most successful country stars of the 1950s, Carl Smith enjoyed a string of hits, including "If Teardrops Were Pennies", "Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way", "Are You Teasing Me", "Loose Talk" and "Deep Water", that saw him appearing in the country charts every year from 1951 to 1973.
Saturday 06 February 2010
Saturday 06 February 2010
Sunday 24 January 2010
Stuart A Staples is a man whose distinctive nasal Nottingham mumble merges with that of Harold Wilson with every new Tindersticks record. Falling Down a Mountain, remains on familiar Nashville-on-Trent ground.
Thursday 14 January 2010
The first time you hear Caitlin Rose, the Nashville-born singer-songwriter whose country-tinged arrangements are threatening to make a big impression in 2010, you'll thank your lucky stars that she chose to pursue a career in music rather than go to college.
Sunday 10 January 2010
The secret report that helps Israelis to hide facts
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Were 'Poor Doors' added to mixed developments so wealthy residents don't have to go in alongside social housing tenants?
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Opponents of Israel's military operation in Gaza are the real enemies of Middle Eastern peace