Reviews



Benedicte Maurseth

Benedicte Maurseth - Hárr

Hárr

Magical new album by Benedicte Maurseth which. a portal into a world shared by music and nature, wildlife and mountain people, traditional Norwegian folk tunes and contemporary minimalist arrangements, is a highly rewarding listening experience


Family

Family - A Song for Me

A Song for Me

Expanded and excellent edition of the eclectic Leicester band Family's 1970 third album


Rupert Wates

Rupert Wates - For The People

For The People

Enchanting album of original folk songs from US-based London guitarist and singer Rupert Wates.


Loop

Loop - Sonancy

Sonancy

First album in over thirty years from Loop combines the band’s riff-laden power and psychedelic production enhancement in classic fashion. ‘S


Tears For Fears

Tears For Fears - The Tipping Point

The Tipping Point

Ambitious first album in eighteen years from seminal 80's synth pop group Tears For Fears which finds them convincingly breaking into new territory


Weather Station

Weather Station - How Is It That I Should Look At The Stars

How Is It That I Should Look At The Stars

Intimate and understated sixth album from The Weather Station, the project of acclaimed Canadian actress and singer Tamara Lindeman


John Mayall

John Mayall - The Sun is Shining Down

The Sun is Shining Down

Latest album from John Mayall reminds us why he is known as the godfather of British Blues, as, working with a fantastic array of contemporary musicians, he proves still has what it takes to please his fans as he approaches his ninetieth birthday next year


Bonham-Bullick

Bonham-Bullick - Bonham-Bullick

Bonham-Bullick

Eclectic covers album from Deborah Bonham, the younger sister of Led Zeppelin Drummer John Bonham, and her guitarist husband Peter Bullick


Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams - So Happy It Hurts

So Happy It Hurts

Formulaic but enjoyable latest album from bestselling Canadian artist Bryan Adams


Kiki Dee and Carmelo Luggeri

 Kiki Dee and Carmelo Luggeri - The Long Ride Home

The Long Ride Home

Superb latest album from singer Kiki Dee and guitarist Carmelo Luggeri which will delight their loyal fans and is a great introduction to their music for those who haven’t yet discovered it


Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne - Love Sux

Love Sux

Raucously energetic and fiery comeback album from Canadian singer Avril Lavigne which marks a return to her pop-punk roots


Stereophonics

Stereophonics - Oochya!

Oochya!

Anthemic and impressively powerful bewalbum from Welsh band Stereophonics released to coincide with the 25th anniversary of their debut LP


Maren Morris

Maren Morris - Humble Quest

Humble Quest

Evocative combination of folk, country and pop on third album from award winning American singer-songwriter Maren Morris


Nilufer Yanya

Nilufer Yanya - Painless

Painless

Minimalist and ethereal second album which reflects on vulnerability and dislocation from London-based singer-songwriter Nilufer Yanya


Lilly of the West

Lilly of the West - Swings and Heartaches Vol. 2

Swings and Heartaches Vol. 2

Eclectic and quirky collection of covers on twelfth album from Bulgarian bluegrass group Lilly of the West


Little Boots

Little Boots - Tomorrow's Yesterdays

Tomorrow's Yesterdays

Homemade DIY disco on accomplished but melancholic latest album from electronic artist Little Boots


Ella Henderson

Ella Henderson - Everything I Didn't Say

Everything I Didn't Say

Confident but thought-provoking and bluntly honest second album and first in eight years from singer-songwriter Ella Henderson


Banjo Jen

Banjo Jen - Fine Line

Fine Line

Excellent new single from Banjo Jen which proves a great introduction to her take on country and Americana music


Taylor Young Band

Taylor Young Band - Mercury Transit

Mercury Transit

Uplifting and appealing collection of songs on debut album from the Taylor Young Band which mixes pop, country and power pop perfectly


Dead South

Dead South - Easy Listening for Jerks Parts 1 and 2

Easy Listening for Jerks Parts 1 and 2

Volatile but impressive double pack covers EPs from quirky bluegrass punks The Dead South


Blues Against Youth

Blues Against Youth - As the Tide Gets High and Low

As the Tide Gets High and Low

Authentic and integral blues on sixth album from Italian one-man project The Blues Against Youth


David Lance Callahan

David Lance Callahan - English Primitive 1

English Primitive 1

The legendary Wolfhounds frontman David Lance Callahan may be an anti-hero but 'English Primitive I' proves he is a national treasure


Oneiros Way

Oneiros Way - The Dawn is Near

The Dawn is Near

Experimental and distinctive electronica on debut album from Milan-based duo Oneiros Way


Paul McCartney and Wings

Paul McCartney and Wings - Wild Life

Wild Life

Excellent vinyl reissue of Wings' 1971 debut album which while it received lukewarm reception on its initial release half a century on stands up in a more favourable light