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America (Vertigo)

Johnny Borrell, a man whose only mode of transport is that of bandwagon, has grabbed the latest guitar band trend by the scruff of the neck and demanded that it divulge its secrets to him. The result is America, the get-your-lighters-in-the-air-and-swaaaaay track of recent months. At the climax (I use the term loosely) of the […]

Angus and Julia Stone

Chocolates and Cigarettes (Independiente)

Ugh, on first glance I thought ‘the Stones’ would be some simpering married couple – but no! Thankfully we’re spared the prospect of an album’s worth of sad old serenades; they’re in actual fact a brother sister duo from Sydney, with none of that ambiguous incest stuff going on (take note Jack and Meg). In […]

Fortune Drive

Recent Advances Vol II (Shy)

The real meanings of phrases from the press releases of recent advance singles, volume 2: ‘` ‘`from your Dad’s attic’` -` ` ` ` ` They have a bit of a tired sound ‘` ‘`They rip up genre boundaries’` -` ` ` ` ` Their genre of pompous shiny garage rock isn’t cool right now. […]

Mike Rosenberg Band

Philadelphia (Chalkmark)

‘`Philadelphia’ is a sensitive track covering subjects such as homelessness and isolation. The song has a good beat and although Rosenberg’s voice is unusual and at points over-produced, he’s very easy to listen to. This is the kind of track that it wouldn’t be surprising to hear it in a Brit Flick in the near […]

Streaky Jake

What's Wrong? Nothing (Metal Postcard)

If you like the concept of the modern singer-songwriters but are finding them all too clean and polished to be believable, then Streaky Jake may be right up your street. The entire record seems to be covered in a layer of murky grime that slightly mutes and muffles the tracks but doesn’t hide the finger-picking […]

IV Thieves

The Day Is A Downer EP (One Little Indian)

The fact that Noel Gallagher dubbed IV Thieves ‘`the biggest band in Britain’` is something that might alienate potential fans rather than win the hearts of many music lovers out there. The best approach to listen to IV Thieves is without paying attention to Gallagher’s words. This Texas-based four piece is indeed able to provide […]


Sapphire Eyes (Playlouder)

‘`Sapphire Eyes’ by Serena-Maneesh is an unusual blend of light, airy indie with heavier rock influences. At times this sounds like two different songs being played together and is more of a battle than a collaboration. The singer is fairly incomprehensible but has a light, airy feel which compliments the quieter sections of the song. […]

The Telescopes

Hungry Audio Tapes (Hungry Audio)

Not actually a concept album about a gang of man-eating cassettes that exact revenge on the inventor of the CD (Samuel L Jackson’s set to star in that one early next year, I believe), but rather a collection of The Telescopes’ recordings for Norwich label Hungry Audio. Multi-layered, atmospheric and about as approachable as a […]


Shine On (Atlantic)

Who thought it would happen? I for one certainly had Jet’s brief popularity pegged as a one album affair. They return now in 2006 with ‘`Shine On’`. The rock and roll cliché title is all you need to know about this release. This is an album which is musically and lyrically full of clichés. The […]


Office Girlfriend ()

Silvertop have been performing together since they were in school. I think if the opportunity was available to compare their current vacuous endeavours to their adolescent offerings there would be little difference. While ‘`Office Girlfriend’ is not abysmal (but note that it is no means particularly enjoyable either) it is lacking texture and thus remains […]