Category: Album reviews

ALBUMS OF AUTUMN – Evening Standard, 21 Sept 2012

Anyone who thinks the album format is losing out to smash-and-grab downloads need only look at what’s coming out over the next few weeks. While it’s been a summer of megagigs, from the Olympic ceremonies on down, welcome to the autumn of albums. There’s at least one unmissable release being thrown in our direction every week for the next two… Read more →

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, Wrecking Ball – Evening Standard 17 Feb 2012

When Bruce Springsteen has something to say, the world listens. A new album from theNew Jerseygiant, almost 40 years after his first, is still a huge deal – demonstrated by the three coaches waiting yesterday outside Sony Records’Parisheadquarters to take journalists from as far afield asDenmarkandAustraliato a special listening event. Even the advance airing of Madonna’s latest next month will… Read more →

Poliça – Evening Standard 27 April 2012

Poliça Give You the Ghost (Memphis Industries) 4**** I remain wary of Auto-Tune, the ubiquitous robotic vocal effect that is going to make today’s pop sound incredibly dated in a decade’s time. Used for something other than its novelty factor, though, it can really work. Bon Iver flirted with the sound’s potential for stark, not-quite-human beauty on his last album,… Read more →

JACK WHITE – Evening Standard 20 April 2012

Jack White Blunderbuss (Third Man/XL) 4****   The first Jack White solo album feels like it might be a rare moment of truth from a man who has built a rock career on artifice and the unexpected. Dressing strictly in red, white and black with his pretend wife Meg in The White Stripes, taking joint billing with co-frontman Brendan Benson… Read more →