Category: Album reviews

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 →