Razorlight - Up All Night (album/ Vertigo)
By Steve Rudd
The rise and rise and rise and rise in popularity of Razorlight, frankly, has been utterly extraordinary.
It seems, in just a few precious weeks, that they have been elevated way above their hard-working class
roots into relative superstars, given the huge exposure that their latest Golden Touch single
has been blessed with (whether it be on TOTP or at Glastonbury).
Then, incredibly, they were given the opportunity to perform such a single as part of the
Olympic Torch Relay gig down The Mall in front of thousands of people. Literally, thousands
and thousands of people.
Yet, just a little while ago, hardly anybody had heard of Razorlight.
Indeed, their rise to prominence in the rock world could - to extents - be likened
to the way in which The Darkness suddenly took hold of everybody's attention.
While Razorlight's music is certainly of the rock variety, it isn't in
The Darknesscock-rock vein.
The Light frontman in floppy-haired Johnny Borrell is a far more reserved
singer and gruffly soulful in his ways, with this album being opened by a truly
beautiful piano melody before a wicked guitar riff politely barges its way into Leave Me Alone.
Every last one of these thirteen tracks is endearingly anthemic and any one could be
released as a single. It's one of those classic debut albums that the quartet should be able
to live off for a very long time, with Rock 'n' Roll Lies being one of the finest
cuts, graced with some coolly harmonious backing vocals as Johnny croons,
You're all tied up in your backstage lines.
Past singles Rip It Up and Stumble And Fall sound splendidly proud, while
To The Sea stands-out as being the first song produced by Johnny. In no way do
Razorlight have punk or metal leanings. Their rock isn't particularly loud or hard.
It is, on the upside, supremely poppy in a retro-rock kind of way, and exciting in the
way that the band Mower's music is.
Up All Night is an astonishingly mature album and, come the end of 2004, will
inevitably be voted at the top of many people's favourite albums of the year lists.
And there really is little wonder why. (5/5)
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This Bath-based band is one of the hottest and most exciting rock bands to really
step-out in the past couple of years, blasting out with sky-scraping Emo-rock guitars,
beguilingly soulful vocals (delivered by photogenic frontman Jake) and plenty of
on-stage energy necessary to enthrall anyone who has ever had
Album Reviews - Salako - The Story Of Our Life So Far By Nick Quantrill
Oh, the frustration of being a music fan. After whining long and hard about how recent years have been a
lean period for good music and searching high and low for things for something to excite my ears,
it came as somewhat of a surprise to find it lurking under my nose in Hull.
Album Reviews - The Trailers - From The Top - 7 track EP - By the Sea By Steve Rudd
The DIY punk ethic is still alive and kicking, even down the East Coast of England in the semi-sunny seaside town of Bridlington.
While there aren't many great bands kicking-out of Bridlington at the moment (save for the mighty Goth-Rock spectacular that is Torso Horse)
Album Reviews - Blue Sand - Changed Names and Slaves EP By Michelle Dee
I was given the enigmatically titled Blue Sand EP and after a couple of hearings I was hooked.
Blue Sand have played the Linnet and Lark on Princes Avenue and the newly refurbished Ringside venue in recent weeks.
The title track has a touch of early Placebo
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In fact, the Cardiff-based Alarm's ringing louder than ever on the back of some fabulous media exposure that vaulted right around the world and back because of the fact that Mike craftily decided
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Still riding high on the uber-successful crest of her astounding debut album Isolated Impression, Emma's first glimmer of new work comes in the form of this exceptional song.
On the back of her album, Emma ventured Stateside to record a couple of songs with Michigan songwriter
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Mmm - so says the CD cover!
I don't honestly know why the two guys who shield their identities under the murky guise of Cracktown don't want their
Album Reviews - Ricky - The Summer Sun Still Echoes
By Nick Quantrill
Why exactly is there a review of a band from Portsmouth on a website about Hull you're probably thinking?
I could talk about the similarities between the two cities as a reason, well, the naval traditions of them.
I think I still feel deprived that my only school trip whilst at Hull Trinity House was a rather tedious
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By Steve Rudd
The Uncle Devil Show is actually a trio of very experienced and hugely respected musicians, all three of them Scottish.
Just like ex-Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker has recently emerged from the dark with an identity crisis on his part to play in the
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Album Reviews - Todd Rundgren - Liars (Sanctuary Records)
By Steve Rudd
All of these songs are about a paucity of truth. At first they may seem to be about other things, but that is just a reflection of how much dishonesty we have accepted in our daily lives.
We are raised from birth to believe things that cannot be proven or that are plainly not true.
People will often brag of their honesty, when there is so much they have simply chosen to ignore or leave