Category Archives: Music

Smiley Smile (1967) – The Beach Boys

It’s still hard to conceive the dichotomy this record is. Apart from three tracks, Smiley Smile can sound like an artist’s in-joke. For whilst we’re graced briefly with some of their A++ material we’re also hit with a barrage of

Smiley Smile (1967) – The Beach Boys

It’s still hard to conceive the dichotomy this record is. Apart from three tracks, Smiley Smile can sound like an artist’s in-joke. For whilst we’re graced briefly with some of their A++ material we’re also hit with a barrage of

In Search of Mythical Kings: The U.A. Years (1999) – Dory Previn

The title track from critically acclaimed Mythical Kings and Iguanas (1971) and its reprise “Going Home” bookend this album, just as they did the prior; presumably an unimaginative ploy to feign some nostalgia. The material itself is a lot less conventional

In Search of Mythical Kings: The U.A. Years (1999) – Dory Previn

The title track from critically acclaimed Mythical Kings and Iguanas (1971) and its reprise “Going Home” bookend this album, just as they did the prior; presumably an unimaginative ploy to feign some nostalgia. The material itself is a lot less conventional

12 Greatest Hits (1988) – Patsy Cline

Cline’s intense vocal paired with a slick arrangement ensured “Crazy” as the song to tower over all else she recorded, but casual listeners may well revel in the other 1960-1963 material collected here. More instant-familiarity is found in “Walkin’ After

12 Greatest Hits (1988) – Patsy Cline

Cline’s intense vocal paired with a slick arrangement ensured “Crazy” as the song to tower over all else she recorded, but casual listeners may well revel in the other 1960-1963 material collected here. More instant-familiarity is found in “Walkin’ After

XO (1998) – Elliott Smith

Elliott makes it big with his lo-fi feeling-shitty ditty “Miss Misery”, which having been featured in Good Will Hunting (1997) takes him to the Oscars. But where to go from here for a post-grunge boy wonder? Why to a bigger studio

XO (1998) – Elliott Smith

Elliott makes it big with his lo-fi feeling-shitty ditty “Miss Misery”, which having been featured in Good Will Hunting (1997) takes him to the Oscars. But where to go from here for a post-grunge boy wonder? Why to a bigger studio

Eli and the Thirteenth Confession (1968) – Laura Nyro

To say Laura Nyro was ahead of her time is a meaningless statement considering there has been none such a perfected brand of musical prowess since. Nyro was one of the great loners. Kate Bush certainly echoed some of it,

Eli and the Thirteenth Confession (1968) – Laura Nyro

To say Laura Nyro was ahead of her time is a meaningless statement considering there has been none such a perfected brand of musical prowess since. Nyro was one of the great loners. Kate Bush certainly echoed some of it,

Around the Bend: Ten lesser-known movie tracks by Elvis

Elvis. Reissues, reassessments, remixes and retellings. Approaching the 40-year mark since his death, can anything more than a household name remain? Whilst his film career continues to be something of a contention, what about the music he recorded alongside these

Around the Bend: Ten lesser-known movie tracks by Elvis

Elvis. Reissues, reassessments, remixes and retellings. Approaching the 40-year mark since his death, can anything more than a household name remain? Whilst his film career continues to be something of a contention, what about the music he recorded alongside these

Two Way Monologue (2004) – Sondre Lerche

Seemingly, Lerche didn’t have much to prove beyond his indie-pop debut. Mostly a secret joy (at least outside of his native Scandinavia), Faces Down (2001) introduced those who were listening to a confidant songwriter and vocalist who cut a subtle edge. Then came Two Way

Two Way Monologue (2004) – Sondre Lerche

Seemingly, Lerche didn’t have much to prove beyond his indie-pop debut. Mostly a secret joy (at least outside of his native Scandinavia), Faces Down (2001) introduced those who were listening to a confidant songwriter and vocalist who cut a subtle edge. Then came Two Way