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Jesus Was a Socialist – David Marx (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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Coming to this album as I did at the same time as the brilliant My Crucial Execution, opens up many opportunities to compare an...

My Crucial Execution – David Marx (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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In a time long assigned to the past, but which was in reality the mid eighties, I was the owner of a demo tape...

Morrissey – Manchester Evening News Arena – 28th July 2012

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Our man about town Richie Rochdale was there for a hometown show by the mercurial mozzer and tests the oft repeated slogan that suggests "Manchester is...

Metal Box In Dub, Laugharne, 15th April 2012 (reviewed by Richie...

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The band featuring ex-'Public Image Ltd' Jah Wobble & Keith Levene, with Johnny Rotter & drummer Marc Layton Benett, performing the best of their...

LoveJunk – The Refugees (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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The genres of pop and rock have always seemed worlds apart to many, fans and writers alike. Both are awash with cliché’s and self...

The Devil writes about all the best tunes – Apathy For...

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It’s easy to forget in these days where music journalism has been reduce to sound bites and amusing lists, banal questions about fashion or...

Navigation of The World by Sound – Atari Pilot...

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When putting pen to paper on behalf of Atari Pilots debut album, Navigation of the World by Sound, because it's a genre I don't...

Day In, Day Out – Moody Tuesday (reviewed by Dave...

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As the opening track kicks in, lazy journalists would have Moody Tuesday pegged as just another bunch of Oasis wannbees; laddish, anthemic rock that...

Live at The Grand Pavillion – Mabon (reviewed by...

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It seems that folk is becoming increasingly perceived as something to be bolted on to indie music by earnest young guys in beards and...

Bells and Proclamations – Big Block 454 (reviewed by Dave...

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A lot of people are prone to levelling the argument that modern music has become safe, derivative and unadventurous. That may be true if...

Miscued Vein – Miscued vein (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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Sometimes the simple approach is the best. When so many bands seem to regale themselves in convoluted mission statements, surround themselves with mysterious musical...

Mantrasphere – Mantrasphere (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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History has shown that mixing music and spirituality rarely pays off. The results are largely shallow, new age kitsch at best or stiff necked,...

The Big Red Spark – Tinyfish (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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The Concept Album. Reports of its demise have been greatly exaggerated. Okay, I suppose it never really went away but it is certainly a...

Richard – Ben Myers (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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Sitting somewhere between a novel and a biographical account, Richard could be termed, for want of a better word, an imagining. Laid out as...

Stolen Conversations, Three Chords and The Truth – Tommy...

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The world inhabited by Tommy Hale's songs seems a much brighter place these days. Not that it was ever overly morbid or dark, but...

A Weapon Called The Word (20th anniversary edition) – The...

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1990 was a formative time for me regarding music and two bands would appear on my radar that would be both important to me...

The Antiquated and The Arcane – Three Daft Monkeys...

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What is particularly appealing in the broadly termed roots and world genres, is the fact the best music seems to come from using the...

Sometime Soon – The Snakes (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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Watching a band evolve over time is an interesting experience, an experience made even the more enjoyable when the people involved are familiar to...

Breathing Backwards – Joe Anthony (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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Some music creates an impact by throwing everything but the kitchen sink at the listener; bombastic riffs and heavy beats have their time and...

The Dacoits – The Dacoits (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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It's one thing to aim for exceptionally high standards. It's quite another when you have set those standards for yourself. Such was the challenge...

Warm Robot – Jen Olive (reviewed by Dave Franklin

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It's a testament to modern technology that an artist in America can collaborate with a record label in England to make an album without...

Human Gold – The Listening Device (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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An afternoon at a local venue can manifest all manner of results. Having popped down to catch the last days proceedings at a small...

Defiled Covenant –  Disinterment (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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One of the great things about reviewing music is that you get to play with interesting words, the more extreme the music the more...

Passengers – Mostly Autumn (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

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If Pink Floyd had been locked in a studio with a large collection of folk instuments, this is the sort of music they would...