Sleeper: The Modern Age

Sleeper were (to us, you might disagree) a middle-ranking Britpop band, formed in 1993, notching up eight top 40 hit singles and featuring in the soundtrack of Trainspotting. They split in 1998 but reunited in 2017, and this new album is the first in 21 years. We’d forgotten they existed and can’t hum any of […]

Ten Fé: Perfect, Present Tense

It’s a glorious moment when you get new music that you instantly need to play over and over. So we can’t really review Ten Fé’s new one in any objective sense: it’s marvellous from start to finish. Within two beats of opener Won’t Happen starting it’s obvious this is a good new album, the strummed […]

Foals: Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 1

Foals are one of the best bands in Britain. They’ve improved and matured on every album and each release has a different sound. For this they’ve lost a bass player but replaced him with a synth, the backbone that supplies giving the music more of a groove; a lot, in fact. In some ways it’s […]

Red Rum Club: Matador

Listening to this resembles a wine tasting: a bouquet of Echo and the Bunnymen, the aroma of Joe Jackson, a hint of The Beatles and a sniff of The Coral. Red Rum put their twist on all this by adding mariachi trumpet, which lifts even the less interesting tracks up a notch. The band is […]

Metronomy: Nights Out

If success is sounding as fresh as a decade ago, this reissue of the Metronomy break-through album is one of the best. The sound of what the band’s mainman Joseph Mount said was a bad a night out (maybe more than one, looking at the title), we found it too weird to like when we […]

Cellar Doors: Cellar Doors

If you’ve ever wondered what a Kasabian — Doors mash up made by a someone who loves his kick drum might sound like, look no further. Throw in some My Bloody Valentine, Stone Roses and Joy Division and you’re close to the sound of Cellar Doors. They sound English but they’re actually from California. They’re […]

Matt Corby: Rainbow Valley

He’s a hard one to describe is Corby. Superficially he’s a singer- songwriter and writes nice piano-led tunes. But they’re too clever to be called pop and not heavy enough to be called rock; not quite cool enough to be cool but too cool to be bland. His last album, Telluric, had a similar quality. […]

She Drew The Gun: Revolution Of The Mind

She Drew The Gun’s debut (Memories of the Future) has stayed on the Review Corner iMusic system — no mean feat considering how much music we listen to — their indie bluesy folk always a pleasant listen. Listening, you wonder why they’re not bigger but then know the answer too; charm is fine for a […]

The Good, the Bad and the Queen: Merrie Land

We got involved with a Twitter discussion this week; an American was fretting that he didn’t like Pink Floyd but felt he should, and where could he start (Wish You Were Here, obvs). We and others told him that he didn’t have to like Pink Floyd, and that we were always unmoved by Bowie and […]

Skinny Lister: The Story Is…

Skinny Lister are one of those good-time live bands, all punky folk catchiness and entertainment; we saw them live at Rode Hall’s Just So and they’ve recorded at Newcastle-under-Lyme, although they’re not local. It’s three tracks in before Skinny Lister hit the sound we were expecting, the first three songs all showing a new pop […]