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Shoegaze in a New Decade: Experience The Rapture With Exit Calm

If you haven’t yet discovered them, Exit Calm are a band you need to hear – if you haven’t heard them without realising already (more on this later). Having resurrected with vigor the killer combination of psychedelic guitars and powerhouse vocals, it’s no wonder this four-piece from Barnsley have toured with The Music and regularly […]

The Auteurs Album Review: After Murder Park

Twelve sumptuous tragedies bedevil the Auteurs’ quasi-concept album, After Murder Park, released in 1996. This darker, more caustic effort resulted from an accident that occurred while the Auteurs’ frontman, Luke Haines, was suffering from acute stress touring their previous album. The story goes that he decided to let destiny determine whether the tour would continue […]

Morrissey Album Review: Kill Uncle Reissue

Morrissey outwitted everyone as the Dorothy Parker of pop under the auspices of the Smiths in the 1980s. When they broke up in 1987, Morrissey’s fans eagerly awaited his first foray into solo territory. 1988’s Viva Hate was a continuation of the Smith’s pristine legacy, both lyrically and musically. Stephen Street, former Smiths producer, set […]

Blur Album Review: Think Tank

My least listened to Blur album. Forever connected to the Gorillaz effort this album is always missing something for me. Maybe Damon was indeed saving songs for Gorillaz, or just that Graham’s departure was that distressing for the band. I say this because there are a few great tracks, but a lot of truly terrible […]

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Cast Album Review: All Change

John Power and Co. write albums anglophiles would sell their soul for. You either write “albums” or write an album of singles. On this record with Alright, Finetime, Walkaway, and Sandstorm this album falls into the latter. With the 1995 release of ‘All Change’ Cast cemented themselves a place in (at least) 90’s British music history. […]

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Pulp Album Review: Separations

When Pulp released their third album Separations in 1992, they brought forward a sound closer to what would eventually be their signature – pop dance tunes with a hint of campy sex appeal. Split into two “sides,” the first features more traditionally arranged pop songs, a mix of the macabre flair of Freaks and the […]

Britpop Bookshelf: Mozipedia

‘There’s more to life than books you know, but not much more,’ Morrissey’s sinuous voice once teased. Well, it’s possible for Morrissey to be wrong once in his life because he never cracked open Simon Goddard’s Mozipedia: The Encyclopedia of Morrissey and the Smiths (Plume Books, 2010). The Mozipedia is a special kind of reference […]

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Oasis DVD Review: Live By The Sea

Back in the days when we watched things on VHS Oasis’s Live By The Sea concert video was in constant rotation in my house. Or, at least until I bought “There and Then.” Recorded live at Southend Cliffs Pavillion on April 17, 1995 this concert is one of the last appearances of Tony McCarroll on […]

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