The Limiñanas: Shadow People

The last Limiñanas album we had to review was cool but a little dull, the highlight a song with Hooky on bass. This new album from the hip French duo is much better, so much so that the apparently statutory Hooky song is something of a jarring oddity on an otherwise fine album. (We assume […]

Weaves: Wide Open

Weaves mix genres as readily as Heston Blumenthal blends snails and porridge: New Order, the B-52s, a dash of glam rock; just when you’ve got a comparison they switch direction. At heart it’s raucous indie with swagger and ideas aplenty. Opener #53 is inspired by Springsteen but it’s more for the moshpit than lyrical analysis; […]

To Kill a King: The Spiritual Dark Age

The cover art and the lyrics (“poetry about serotonin and dopamine”) shout “Arcade Fire!” and To Kill A King attempt the same trick: Deep and Meaningful lyrics coupled with danceable music. But they’re just an indie band with high ambitions and, in the Arcade Fire stakes, fall short. But it’s solid, albeit overly polished in […]

Neil Young: The Visitor

Young’s 39th album is another partly political one, this time with an electric band. It’s typical Young at his loosest, a little sprawling and all over the shop but still good. Clearly Trump gets some stick (“I’m living with a game show host / Who has to brag and boast” but he addresses other topics, […]

Ducking Punches: Alamort

Ducking Punches deserve to do well with this rather decent album; they’ve played 1,000 gigs say the Press notes, which is good going, and explains the tight sound. They play high energy and melodic indie rock, veering towards pop punk in places, and with enough quirkiness to make it appealing. The title is taken from […]

The Lovely Eggs: This Is Egglando

Should anyone make us rulers of England, our first act would be to give everyone in the realm a copy of this CD. In this post-Brexit North Korean Trumpian world we need some cheer and the Eggs are the ones to do it. Sure, there’s some swearing (one song is called Dickhead, another has the […]

Rews: Pyro

The list of two-person groups is getting longer by the day, from White Stripes to Black Keys and onto Royal Blood. Rews add two novelties to the mix: they’re female and they don’t just play rock. Opener Let It Roll opens with solid drums and a heavy riff, though the verse and chorus are more melodic; […]

The Americans: I’ll Be Yours

This is an odd album; classic rootsy American rock played by excellent musicians that doesn’t quite add up to the sum of its parts. The Americans are from Los Angeles and worked with Jack White and T Bone Burnett on the documentary American Epic, the soundtrack for which we reviewed. They’ve also played backing for […]

The Eagles: Hotel California

This is going to make some people feel old: it is 40 years since this album came out, celebrated with this two-CD package (the bonus CD is a live album). It’s clearly a classic, particularly for the title track, but it’s not quite as close to perfection as Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, which is well-nigh flawless. […]

Son of Dave: Music for Cop Shows

We’ve heard of Son of Dave — he’s being going for 20 years — but heard nothing by him until now. Or at least no solo work; he was in Crash Test Dummies for a spell. Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm. He plays beat-box and harmonica-driven blues, and the sound and DIY ethos are reminiscent of […]