Anthony Dhanendran - Reviews

New Order

New Order - Music Complete

Disorientating latest album and their first without iconic bassist and founder member Peter Hook from New Order

Old Man Luedecke

Old Man Luedecke - Tender is the Night

Witty and country folk/pop on fifth album from award-winning Nova Scotia-based artist, Old Man Luedecke

History of Colour TV

History of Colour TV - Emerald Cures Chic Ills

Extraordinary debut album from shoegazing-influenced Anglo-American Berlin-based act, the History of Colour TV


Grinderman - Grinderman 2 RMX

Unessential collection of remixes of Nick Cave's side project Grinderman's second album

Phil Martin

Phil Martin - Before We Go To Paradise

Largely effective solo debut album from English musician Phil Martin, who has adapted several classic poems and set them to music

Barry Adamson

Barry Adamson - I Will Set You Free

Uninspiring initially, but ultimately fascinating and rewarding first solo album in four years from former Bad Seeds and Magazine guitarist, Barry Adamson

Mott The Hoople

Mott The Hoople - The Ballad of Mott the Hoople

Fascinating DVD documentary film about 70's band Mott the Hoople, which will appeal to anyone with an interest in British rock

Chris Allen

Chris Allen - Acetate

Impressively versatile third album of 1980's and 1990's influenced rock from Cleveland-based singer-songwriter, Chris Allen

Nathaniel Rateliff

Nathaniel Rateliff - In Memory of Loss

Slow-burning, but memorable latest album from world weary Missouri-based singer-songwriter, Nathaniel Rateliff

Willie Nelson

Willie Nelson - Country Music

Entertaining collection of traditional recordings from Willie Nelson, recorded with currently in-demand producer T-Bone Burnett

Owen Pallett

Owen Pallett - Heartland

Orchestral and melancholic first solo album for Final Fantasy man Owen Pallett, which reveals a new seriousness

Arthur Walker

Arthur Walker - Animal Nights

Energetic and enthusiastic debut album from Plymouth-based four-piece Arthur Walker which, however, is challenging because of its lack of focus and direction

Bad Lieutenant

Bad Lieutenant - Never Cry Another Tear

Likeable, but routine-in-sound debut album from Bad Lieutenant, the latest project of New Order's Bernard Sumners

Leo Abrahams

Leo Abrahams - The Grape and the Grain

Sometimes excellent, and always pleasant latest album from guitar virtouso Leo Abrahams, who has both a folk and a jazz influence

Balky Mule

Balky Mule - The Length of the Rail

Endearing merging of lo-fi sounds and electronica on debut album from Balky Mule, the project of Bristol-raised, but now Australian-based musician, Sam Jones

Samuel Markus and the Only Ones

Samuel Markus and the Only Ones - New Dawn

Remarkable Americana on debut album from Californian-based, but Canadian-born singer-songwriter Samuel Markus and his band the Only Ones, which despite swooping through a variety of genres and styles, comes across as surprisingly cohesive


Sonny - The Spirit of Elegy

Sparse, intriguing ambience on second album from trained, former chorister, Sonny

Minotaur Shock

Minotaur Shock - Amateur Dramatics

Complex but classy folktronica on fourth album from Minotaur Shock, the project of Bristol-based musician David Edwards, who for its digital version has prepared his own pricing scheme of how much he thinks each track is worth

Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir

Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir - Ten Thousand

Flawed, but fascinating second album from Mississippi blues and Appalachian hill country-influenced Canadians, Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir

Sara Berg

Sara Berg - When I Was Young I Used to Feel Pleasure from Playing with Others

Flawed, but eventually satisfying second album from promising Scandinavian singer-songwriter Sara Berg