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Spider Simpson

Heavy Metal Machine ()

I�m not usually one to dwell on a bands� biography before listing to their tracks, but Spider Simpson�s achievements read like a leaf from the Holy Rock Bible itself. After submitting songs to a film soundtrack the guitar-based quartet found themselves supporting the Stereophonics on their 2005 tour. Not content with these mere triumphs, the […]


Bombs (Sony BMG)

This sounds a bit like every other Faithless song I have ever heard � nothing vocals and silly spoken word bit buried under enough production to sink a battleship. Still, if you�re worried you missed any of the track�s hidden depths there are a couple of remixes on the b-side for you to get your […]

James Morrison

The Pieces Don�t Fit Anymore (Universal)

As wet and uninspiring as a Glasgow day in January, �The Pieces Don�t Fit Anymore� is the latest slow-paced warbling from the gravel throated and tortured soul of James Morrison. It doesn�t seem different from his other stuff and it could pass for a Westlife song. Very poor indeed. Andy Reilly

Summer Holiday

U Can Have It All (Better Get)

A slightly off-kilter mix of Casio-keyboard drumbeats, rough-edged punky vocals and what appear to be crowds of cheering schoolkids, this is a tough one to review. It boasts a few great moments, but there�s also something jarring about the whole, slightly messy, mix. �U Can Have It All� would probably sound fantastic live, but in […]

Fools Circle

Blackpool Tower EP

The first of four on this EP starts promisingly, fusing washed out indie guitar picking with the melodic sensitivity of early Ash or Teenage Fanclub. The vocals are ropey, and the mix is a bit vocal heavy, but I�m quite enjoying it until I hit skip track, at which point I become exposed to a […]


Knights Of Cydonia (A&E)

The Magnificent Seven meets Mars Attacks! in the latest single from Mercury-nominated album Black Holes & Revelations, and not a moment too soon. Mixing Queen-style operatics with a sci-fi sensibility and that trademark Muse sound, this is the soundtrack to the weird battles that rage inside Matt Bellamy�s head. Supercharged, supernova, and just downright super, […]

Rob Sharples

So the Story Goes (Marrakesh)

Hailing from Bristol, Rob Sharples finds himself releasing his most recent EP on Marrakesh Records, the brainchild of Lizard King co-owner Dom Hardistry. It must be a match made in heaven, because this music is just lovely. Production and mixing is helmed by Paul Corkett (Bjork, Placebo, Nick Cave) who gently steers picked guitar arpeggios […]

Good Shoes

The Photos On My Wall (Brille)

Persevering with the jerking strut-rock that made �All In My Head� a surprise indie hit, Good Shoes continue to build their �next big thing� reputation with this short-but-sweet single. It might not have the instant appeal of their previous effort, but it�s still a particularly tasty slice of attitude-driven guitar pop. Put on your most […]

Mr Hudson and The Library

Too Late, Too Late (Mercury)

Mr Hudson and the Library are a self-described ‘cross-pollination of hip hop, reggae beats and classic song writing’. That sounds like an interesting blend from the start. It is clear from the first listen that Mr Hudson sees himself as part of the new breed of British artists who wax lyrical about today’s ‘yoof culture’. […]

Senses Fail

Calling All Cars (Vagrant)

Yawn. A poor man�s Green Day, too soft for the heavy metal crowd, too upbeat to be emo. Senses Fail have fired and missed at every target audience with this monstrosity of a record that deserves to be burned more violently than a Jade Goody effigy. It�s about as unique as a wet weekend in […]