album reviews

  • Various Artists – Jazz 2 (Sony Legacy)

    Various Artists – Jazz 2 (Sony Legacy)

    This lavish new box-set, housing an impressive twenty-five discs unfolds a mesmerising trawl through the idiom, with particular attention to some of the finest, possibly underestimated gems from the west coast fusion sets of the late ‘70s and into the 1980s.

  • Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (Capitol)

    Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (Capitol)

    Still throwing up records spliced from outrageous funk and punk jam sessions, old dusty 45’s and three-split vocal raids, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two still shows no sign of budging from what has been a tried and tested flourishing formula.

  • Arctic Monkeys – Suck It and See (Domino)

    Arctic Monkeys – Suck It and See (Domino)

    Surfacing some of the band’s strongest material to date, Suck It and See maybe their first complete album with a fancy for fat choruses and catchy hooks…

  • Radiohead – King Of Limbs (thekingoflimbs.com)

    Radiohead – King Of Limbs (thekingoflimbs.com)

    As you might expect, this, the new album from Radiohead is not what you would expect to hear from Radiohead, possibly because you never know what to expect from a band like Radiohead.

  • Miles Davis – Bitches Brew Live (Columbia/Legacy)

    Miles Davis – Bitches Brew Live (Columbia/Legacy)

    …much of the spliced orchestration and hard to swallow arrangements that, at times, punctured part of the original album’s momentum are reworked here with a loose spontaneity throughout.

  • Spoon – Transference (Anti)

    Spoon – Transference (Anti)

    …it sounds like an album made out of accidental fortune, a record with cranky production values and baggy arrangements that reveals some of the most honest and mesmerising songs to be heard for some time.

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