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A Jackknife To A Swan ~ Mighty Bosstones

“A Jackknife to a Swan” is pretty un-ska. They’re busy writing songs about Mafiosos, and the whole affair sounds more like anthemic chorus-metal to me. The horns do come up from a triangle in Bermuda to affect the choruses, but the band seems sick of all that silly skanking business. Good for them, but we’ve got this whole Bosstone legacy to put to bed, don’t we? The up-strokes on the guitars framing “Everybody’s Better” reach artificial realms previously populated by Continue Reading

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The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots

It is one thing to be confused for an irreverent yet sophisticated genius; it is another thing entirely to be recognised as a Martian. Although he is only one of the members of the Flaming Lips, as the central songwriter Wayne Coyne is often identified as a man apart; far removed from our planet. All of these out-of-this-world descriptions are a little unfair as this portrays the man as an unhinged eccentric and his songs to be far-out and “just Continue Reading

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Being sent a great sampler album is like finding a map for buried treasure – a source of fascination in itself, but also a promise of further intoxication if you follow the clues. And so, here I am with Luaka Bop’s latest test offering ‘All Our Bunnies In a Row’ (featuring nine of the label’s acts) wondering which route I should follow next – wondering if I should maybe run headlong into the world of psychedelic West Africa as represented Continue Reading

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David Bowie – Heathen

Nothing short of brilliant is what the public expects from the eccentric David Bowie. Does he deliver on his latest recording, Heathen?   While it’s no Ziggy Stardust, Heroes, Young Americans or Let’s Dance, which each took Bowie into a totally new genre, Heathen is a mature record where Bowie resumes with the crooning, pleading sound of his last 1999 studio effort, Hours. Despite the stripped down Rock and Roll vibe this album projects, Bowie interjects hypnotic synthesizer soundscapes, electronic bleeps Continue Reading

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O ~ Damien Rice

It’s hard to expect all that much from a genre steeped so richly in tradition and built firmly on the foundations of convention and institution. Yeah, it can cast its shards of influence far and wide, but when stripped back to its bare bones Irish folk music seems convinced that it’ll have to apply a sticky plaster if lead too far off course. Now it’s not that Damien Rice has snapped his wooden stool over his knee or anything, it’s Continue Reading

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Is This It? ~ The Strokes

There was always going to be a desire to dislike this album and verbalises it by way of a glib pun using its goading title Is This It? Luckily for anyone with a sense of humour, that did not happen.The truth is, nothing could possibly live up to the expectations this debut had got going for it. The only debut album in recent memory that has had the music press likewise slavering all over themselves in anticipation, was the ELASTICA Continue Reading

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So what is The Duke Spirit’s problem? As much praise as we lavish on them – as we did with their debut and as we yet will with this, the follow up – we can’t shake the assertion that they have one. Look at their constituent parts; technically they’re a remarkable renegade retro rock ‘n’ roll treasure trove – gold plated to fuck. And speaking of which, they’re certainly built with that in mind too. Sleazy, hip-commanding momentums arrive track Continue Reading