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posted a review of Earwig (2) - Under My Skin I Am Laughing. over 2 years ago
Keep a Straight Face When You’re Frantic
What is the difference between post rock and art rock? There is no difference. “Straight faced, but under my skin I am laughing. Every day shines. Years have left you twisted inside, you cling tightly, let go, ... See full review
posted a review of Band Of Skulls - By Default. over 2 years ago
Suffering from Some Tropical Disease
By Default would be good album if only it weren’t so repetitive and often noisily annoying. “I got the recipe thumping on it and as for rivalry well I own it. You can't speak for me doing all I can to survive. Don't ... See full review
posted a review of The Merton Parkas - The Complete Mod Collection. over 2 years ago
Lost in the Crowd
“You're trying to make your mark in society, you're using all the tricks that you used on me, you're reading all them high-fashion magazines, the clothes you're wearing, girl, they're causing public scenes. I'm not your stepping stone.” ... See full review
posted a review of Paradise Lost - The Plague Within. over 2 years ago
In the Gloomy and Cold Embrace
“No hope in sight, daylight before them dies, enshrined the horrified – no hope in sight.” The Plague Within is a very dark Gothic album. “All eyes see such shattered scenes of sorry surrender. Secrecy, an empire bleeds, ... See full review
posted a review of Gong - Angel's Egg (Radio Gnome Invisible Part 2). over 2 years ago
Down the Oily Way of Reincarnations
“To pass beyond the countless worlds, the eternal wheel, the ceaseless tides of selves, ever passing away before our eyes…” Gong invented their own kind of space rock and I would call it astral rock. “I’m zero the hero ... See full review
posted a review of Carl Barât And The Jackals - Let It Reign. over 2 years ago
Death or Glory
“That wasn't thunder, or a shot across the bows, that was blood, my friend, and you're in for it now. When the whip cracks, that's your calling card for your brothers and the boys doing press-ups in the yard. Glory days, glory days, you ... See full review
posted a review of Nine Horses - Snow Borne Sorrow. over 2 years ago
Your Feet Leave the Ground and You're Soaring Above
“It's a wonderful world and you take and you give and the sun fills the sky in the space where you live. It's a day full of dreams, it's a dream of a day and the joy that it brings nearly sweeps her ... See full review
posted a review of Higher Authorities - Neptune. over 2 years ago
Stranded in Infinity
Neptune is a mostly electronic album but the sound is pretty ambient and quite harmonious. The vocals are rather dreamy and unobtrusive so they are in a good accordance with music. And the entire collection is fairly agreeable while ... See full review
posted a review of Pollyanna - Hello Halo. over 2 years ago
Forming a Perfect Sneer
“Could you help me escape from the circle? Cause I'm finding it's off too late. Could your message be any more hurtful? Is she harder to have than to hate?” Hello Halo is mixture of garage rock with jangle pop and the music is ... See full review
posted a review of King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard - Paper Mâché Dream Balloon. over 2 years ago
It’s in Vogue to Be Feckless
“People pay for their coupe but they can't pay their taxes for the freeway I know it's so predictable but it don't make no sense at all.” Paper Mâché Dream Balloon is a real psychedelic treat. “Stuck in a daydream under a ... See full review
posted a review of Hatcham Social - The Birthday of the World. over 3 years ago
Life is a Bucketful of Blood
The Birthday of the World is a jangle pop with some elements of neo-psychedelia and special stress on guitars. “Life is an endless love song, a lust that’s finely tuned, a slowly swirling dream, a drug we must consume. A ... See full review
posted a review of Andwella* - People's People. over 3 years ago
Road That Takes You Home
People's People is a lyrical album full of songs that create warm feelings. “They take away my troubles, they take away the pain… Friends beside me every day, friends can help me find the way.” Instrumentation is good and ... See full review
posted a review of And Also The Trees - Born Into The Waves. over 3 years ago
Across the Waterways and Railways
Born into the Waves is an art rock album but it is also generously laden with the Gothic undertones. The songs a delicately moody and melodies are full of halcyon harmonies and musically they are very sophisticated and ... See full review
posted a review of Cinerama - Valentina. over 3 years ago
Of the Dead and Undead
Abundance of strings and brass makes the sound of Valentina quite mellow. And there merits of the album practically end. Shortage of emotions and lack of momentum turn the stuff rather lukewarm. So it is one of those albums where ... See full review
posted a review of Edgar 'Jones' Jones* - Soothing Music For Stray Cats. over 3 years ago
Playing Bass Tenderly
Soothing Music for Stray Cats is a set of all sorts of jazz stylizations. Starting with swing, passing through many antique jazz styles and ending in doo-wop everything on the album sounds quite original and funky. And there even ... See full review
posted a review of Richard Thompson - You? Me? Us?. over 3 years ago
So He Keeps the Flame and Goes on His Way
“After the death of a thousand kisses comes the catacomb of tongues. Who can spit the meanest venom from the poison of their lungs? Cruelest dance is the razor dance – circle in and circle around.” Richard ... See full review
posted a review of Money (14) - Suicide Songs. over 3 years ago
A Lot of Naught
“Since we know the side streets I watched the people's lives there high just watching dreams by dreams but they dream too fast. You are not the same as me I'm out there in the clouds.” “I Am the Lord” opening the album is an excellent ... See full review
posted a review of String Driven Thing - String Driven Thing. over 3 years ago
Circus Arrives in Town
“I was watching the man on the tightrope he was doing his best to stay up he was swaying from side to side and the crowd around him cried.” The husky guitars and a lot of strings add to music drive… Everything is exactly as the ... See full review
posted a review of The Jezabels - Synthia. over 3 years ago
Inside a Sonic Sphere
“My love, I have a sickness, chains me here to my bed, chains me to the mask of tragedy…” Be careful, Synthia is contagious: “My love is my disease” confesses the vocalist. Though the electronics prevails the music has a density of ... See full review
posted a review of The Wishing Stones - Wildwood. over 3 years ago
On the Long Road out of Town
How much refined can be guitar based music? Well, there is no end to refinement but Wildwood is near enough to the ideal. The album is post punk rock and jangle pop rolled into one on which guitars go from the psychedelic ... See full review
posted a review of The Beta Band - The Three E.P.'s. over 3 years ago
Hear Them Lost Inside
“This is the definition of my life lying in bed in the sunlight choking on the vitamin tablet. The doctor gave in the hope of saving me, walked in the corner of the room – a junk yard fool with eyes of gloom – I asked him time ... See full review
posted a review of The The - Soul Mining. over 3 years ago
In a Bad Need of a Smile
What ore may one obtain mining in one's soul? I believe some souls are bonanzas of joy but Matt Johnson has found in his soul the lode of anguish and started mining it. "You're lying on your bed and making shadows on the wall, ... See full review
posted a review of The The - Infected. over 3 years ago
Look Inside Yourself
Infected is the most complex The The album, every song on this album is arranged to the degree until it becomes almost too much. And lyrics-wise it is usual for Matt Johnson wallowing in the mess of his own feelings and merciless ... See full review
posted a review of The The - Mind Bomb. over 3 years ago
King in the Realm of Rain
Do you want to live a life of anguish and sorrow? Do you want to visit the kingdom of sadness and pain? If the answer is positive then Mind Bomb is created just for you. Musically the album is fantastic: Johnny Marr on lead ... See full review
posted a review of The The - Dusk. over 3 years ago
In the Throes of Self-Pity
In spite of melodic riches of Dusk it contains more anguish than music and all the elaborate musical structures serve just to underline all the shades of despair the human being may suffer in life. Matt Johnson declares in the ... See full review
posted a review of The The - Hanky Panky. over 3 years ago
Under Covers
Is it a grateful task to make a whole album of Hank Williams covers? Not quite. And while turning into the rock 'n' roll "I'm a Long Gone, Daddy" is very effective and impressive, "If You'll Be a Baby to Me" sung to harmonium is poor and ... See full review
posted a review of TheThe* - NakedSelf. over 3 years ago
Soul Is a Lonely Lightbulb
"A lonely silhouette smoking a cigarette hoping for the phone to ring though she’s sick of the sound of people's mouths winding her up and putting her down". Nakedself is loaded with a lot of baritone guitars and odd sonic ... See full review
posted a review of The Auteurs - How I Learned To Love The Bootboys. over 3 years ago
Turn Out the Lights
How I Learned to Love the Bootboys is so sweet that one can almost sweeten a cup of tea with it but it is so poisonous that one can almost poison rats with it. All these chimes, cellos, organ whispers give it the church atmosphere but ... See full review
posted a review of Traams - Modern Dancing. over 3 years ago
Cacti in Bloom
Modern Dancing is a rather misleading title – although the tunes are quite danceable they serve the other purpose. The album is a trip in neo-psychedelia but so often guitars offer the fuzzy shoegaze sound and at that songs boast punk rock ... See full review
posted a review of Kingmaker - In The Best Possible Taste. over 3 years ago
Their Heart Strings Are Never Undone
In the Best Possible Taste is full of tasty psychedelic guitars and the album is permeated with the spirit of its time. “I've woken up crash-landed, survived my stint on the brink. I thought money would change ... See full review
posted a review of Avion - White Noise. over 3 years ago
Ships in Calm Before the Storm
White Noise is an album of quality – elaborate melodies, great instrumentation, excellent vocals. “Another time, another place, another land, a different race…” Ships are leaving their ports and depart for the faraway ... See full review
posted a review of The Hollies - Would You Believe?. over 3 years ago
Occidental Sadness
“A winter's day in a deep and dark December, I am alone, gazing from my window to the street below on a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow. I am a rock, I am an island.” A couple of rock ‘n’ rolls, a lot of Merseyside beat and some ... See full review
posted a review of Goodbye Mr Mackenzie* - Hammer And Tongs. over 3 years ago
Brain-Dead and Tongue-Tied
Something has gone wrong with Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie – they are all over the place and everywhere up to no good. Starting with a decent post punk rock “Blacker Than Black” they keep going downhill song by song. “Won’t you come ... See full review
posted a review of Space (4) - Attack Of The Mutant 50ft Kebab. over 3 years ago
Tears Keep Falling Down
“You see the moon staring down like a single tearful eye and the tear drops falling down over innocent passers-by. Teardrop drops from the moon.” Now Space became maestros of mocking romance – their tunes are sweet and lyrics are ... See full review
posted a review of The Coral - Distance Inbetween. over 3 years ago
Wild Dream Chase
I surely enjoyed a new kind of psychedelic sound that The Coral demonstrates on Distance Inbetween. “Rise in the burning light, your spirit flies around me like a butterfly, shifting through the sleepless night toward bridges of wasting ... See full review
posted a review of Primal Scream - Chaosmosis. over 3 years ago
But I Grew and I Bent I’m the Punk in the Gutter
Primal Scream seem to have turned into some sort of musical atavism and now their songs sound as some primitive nuthouse ditties. “Paranoid and insecure you didn't want me anymore. Poison thoughts just ran ... See full review
posted a review of The Drones (2) - Feelin Kinda Free. over 3 years ago
Cosmic Rays Broadcast
However impossible it may seem but The Drones became even more psychedelic and now they are completely on the dark side of neo-psychedelia. “The best songs are like bad dreams if you can cover all the exits but one by one they blur ... See full review
posted a review of Mellow Candle - Swaddling Songs. over 3 years ago
Amidst Leprechauns and Unicorns
Tunes on Swaddling Songs are frilly and juicy and their instrumentation is really rich. “Bring snowy lady with the laughing, spread your sailing angels over me, tell a tale of old sinfuls, look for you to change their ... See full review
posted a review of Matt Elliott - The Calm Before. over 3 years ago
Sailing a Downbeat Boat
“Here comes a storm. The dust and papers dance around the room, it tells of a storm, the sky is a painted viscous swirl of troubled hues. There’s a storm, the branches rock and dance and creak and wave. We’re in for a storm I’ve ... See full review
posted a review of Jeanette (2) - Prefab In The Sun. over 3 years ago
Where Swallows Fly
There are some superior trumpets on Prefab in the Sun and those songs on the album are best. The rest is rather run-of-the-mill stuff. While “Dear Daddy” is a nice jazz standard “Sense of 6” boasts some pretty danceable tune of no ... See full review
posted a review of Villagers (3) - Darling Arithmetic. over 3 years ago
You Can Hear Every Sigh of the World
“Took a little time to get where I wanted. It took a little time to get free. It took a little time to be honest. It took a little time to be me. I took a little lover but then we parted. I took a little time to get ... See full review
posted a review of Three Man Army - A Third Of A Lifetime. over 3 years ago
Hazed and Dazed
A Third of a Lifetime is a typical hard rock album – excellent guitar solos and not too lavish in originality. “I want to live on a ship with you where you can never escape to reality. Some things aren't meant sometime, shouldn't have ... See full review
posted a review of The Chills - Silver Bullets. over 3 years ago
Big Fish Eat Little Fish
“You want to live life as a fantasy until the blood flows round your feet” so just kill them with silver bullets… Guitars are sometimes jangling and sometimes they go psychedelic. Tunes are rhythmic and songs are full of energy. ... See full review
posted a review of Normil Hawaiians - Whats Going On?. over 3 years ago
Strengthen Your Ignorance
“Quiet Village” serves as some ethnic intro, “Martin” is an excellent post punk song with the highly psychedelic guitar solo in the coda, “Louise Michel” is an absolutely original dub, “Ignorance is Strength” boasts a fine ... See full review
posted a review of Hugo Race & The True Spirit* - The Spirit. over 3 years ago
Death in His Voice
The Spirit is a set of Hugo Race’s special kind of blues. Or should I call his unique style counterblues? “What you don’t know is infinite, all the rest is bullshit… What would you do if you knew the truth? Woman, check your man.” The ... See full review
posted a review of Eyeless In Gaza - Drumming The Beating Heart. over 3 years ago
In the Endless Transition
Drumming the Beating Heart demonstrates new wave instrumentation, post punk ideology and art rock lyrics. “Closed and smiling, crimped at the corners, transient in flight: rain, splash at me, serves as a reminder of real and ... See full review
posted a review of Shide And Acorn - Under The Tree. over 3 years ago
Playing an Autumnal Solitaire
Introduction is performed in the ragtime style but the rest of the album consists of chivalrous romantic ballads. I guess that if medieval minstrels had electric guitars they would play like this. And of course there are ... See full review
posted a review of The Butcher Shop - Pump Action. over 3 years ago
Feeding an Iron Pig
Pump Action is a case of very hard punk rock – furious guitars, furious vocals and the entire album is a demonstration of the musical rage. Wail of guitars is intermingled with the howl of voices so the overall effect is rather ... See full review
posted a review of Steve Mason (2) - Meet The Humans. over 3 years ago
Fallen out of Window
Now Steve Mason tries to sound Beatlesque but his kind of stylization isn’t too impressive. The songs on Meet the Humans are rather agreeable but they are pretty uniformed and the album doesn’t demonstrate much variety. “Universe is ... See full review
posted a review of James - Girl At The End Of The World. over 3 years ago
Bitching All Around
Girl at the End of the World is too electronic and too noisy. And Tim Booth sings as if he were locked in the cage and now he begs to be set free. “Dreamer, time to awake, no time to be afraid, enter her secret place, love her until ... See full review