Content tagged with 'album review'

Album review: Marvin Pontiac – Greatest Hits (Northern Spy)

A sonic gem now available on vinyl The story goes that ‘The legendary Marvin Pontiac’ was born in 1932 to a Malian father and a white Jewish mother and moved… Read more

Album review: R+R=NOW - Collagically Speaking

Album review: R+R=NOW – Collagically Speaking (Blue Note)

The shape of music to come? There was a time when supergroups had a bad name, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker’s Blind Faith being one reason, but in… Read more

Album review: Modern Studies – Welcome Strangers (Fire Records)

Pastoral tunes You have to look away from the big cities to find new music in Britain today, it’s the only way for artists to escape from the pressure to… Read more

Album review: The Breeders – All Nerve (4AD)

Regroup, re-ignite It’s a brick, look a little closer and you’ll see that the cover art is a broken engineering brick. Which is as good a metaphor for this album… Read more

Album review: Field Music – Open Here (Memphis Industries)

Field Music are brothers David and Peter Brewis from Sunderland in the north of England and Open Here is their seventh album in 14 years, not a bad work rate… Read more

Album review: Thomas Stronen Time is a Blind Guide – Lucus (ECM)

Textural fluctuations It seems to be in the nature of Norwegian musicians to collaborate far and wide. Maybe it’s coming from such a sparsely populated country or perhaps it’s just… Read more

Album Review: Dr Lonnie Smith – All In My Mind (Blue Note)

Soul soothing music Dr Lonnie Smith is neither a doctor nor a Sikh, apparently he took up both affectations “for no particular reason”, but the turban does help him stand… Read more

Album Review: James Holden & The Animal Spirits – The Animal Spirits (Border Community)

Cosmic debris British electronica wunderkind James Holden has an impressive reputation in the remixing business, he has worked his magic on releases by New Order, Radiohead, Madonna and fellow trailblazers… Read more

Album Review: Anouar Brahem – Blue Maqams (ECM)

Melodic modes In the month when ECM finally caved into pressure for their music to be available on commercial streaming platforms Tunisian Anouar Brahem released his tenth album for the… Read more