Single Reviews - Athlete - Wires (Parlophone)
By Steve Rudd
Athlete are back, and with a bang. This tune couldn't be any more beautiful or majestic,
as the Athlete lads return to the forefront of the UK's indie-pop-rock scene in graceful style.
Athlete's music, in its greatest moments as throughout Wires, is such a splendid treat in
that the charming eloquence and heart-rending melodies of Snow Patrol and Coldplay are
both present and correct.
The marriage of vocals and music is tender, as melancholic piano wanderings, subtle guitar
passages and drum beats, and a lovely string arrangement, all coalesce to make a truly
Taken from their second album, Tourist, their fresh material can only build upon the
widespread acclaim the lads garnered on the back of their astounding Vehicles And Animals
debut record of class.
Athlete are truly masterful when it comes to writing mid-paced love songs of poignant
reflection that verge on perfection.
Wires is perhaps their finest tune yet, being a subtly spellbinding web of musical magic
that reaches out and stills your heart before you can say, Happy Valentines Day.
Now there's a point, gents... your nearest and dearest might just fall in love with you
all over again if you go out and buy a copy of this single for them. It's time to get into shape.
Album/CD Reviews 59 Violets - Prime Numbers By Daniel Laney
It's always tricky to write about a group you know nothing about.
You can't call upon your knowledge of the bands touring antics, nor can you
compare previous stand out material to the CD you're reviewing, in short its
just your appreciation of music
Album/CD Reviews Jimmy Chamberlin Complex - Life Begins Again (11-track album/ Sanctuary) By Steve Rudd
Now then, here's one hell of an album to write home about, being one of the first
masterpiece albums - somewhere alongside Athlete's fantastic Tourist beauty - to arise in 2005
The JC Complex (for short) is something of a super group
Album/CD Reviews Displacements - Pray For More By Daniel Laney
If you were to take a quick glance at the members of Displacements you would instantly
label them as emo wanna-be American punk kids; Atticus Black clothing, Mac Beth & Converse Chucks,
skinnier than Ghandi, black hair draped over one eye, and
Album Reviews - Holly Taymar - Less Than Nothing (GenieCake Records) By Nick Quantrill
Less Than Nothing is the debut release from York based record label GenieCake Records.
GenieCake Records is an ambitious new project created by sisters, Catherine Cowan
and Lisa-Marie Baker, with the intention of nurturing the talent
Album/CD Reviews The Sesh - Various Hull Heroes By Daniel Laney
A long awaited Hull bands compilation CD can only be reviewed track by track.
After listening to this really well compiled album by The Sesh's very own Mark Page,
it was apparent that it had to be stripped down song by song to highlight a little
Album Reviews - Blind Frog Ernie - Live By Daniel Laney
An absolute rock treat for the local area.
If you're like me and are always on the look out for something new and original in the world of
music, then Blind Frog Ernie may have come to the local music scene's rescue.
Until this morning I hadn't
Album Reviews -
Green day-Shenanigans (released 2002) By Jason Karlson
This album is far better then it has any right to be.
Considering what it is, which is, a filler album to go alongside there greatest hits disk International Superhits.
A stop gap album to keep them in the public eye while they scurry off and make
Album Reviews -
Confuzion - Extinguished (album sampler/ Criteria Records) By Steve Rudd
Energetically benefiting from the refreshing and super-smooth vocal talents of Ashley Stone, this Reading-based band produces seriously poppy music of a hugely anthemic nature.
These three songs provide the first evidence of
Single Reviews - Bastion 4 - The Tale of Gideon Strange (Single Marshco) By Steve Rudd
Delivering bold and beautiful tunes in true style, this Portsmouth-based quartet sound set to take the country by storm with their supremely tuneful brand of indie-rock music.
Here, presenting a tune from their second album (Modus Operandi)Read more...
Album Reviews -
Rob McCulloch - Thoughts Alone (Clockhouse) By Steve Rudd
Rob hails from Bolton and sings and plays very much in the style of ex-Verve mainman - and
solo singer-songwriter in his own right - Richard Ashcroft.
Wistful tunes such as Taking Off With You, Take Me Whole and Doing You Wrong are beautifully
CD Reviews -
Halflight - Subside (EP/My First Records) By Steve Rudd
Packed with the endearing purity of The Corrs' music, Half-Light's musings are poetic,
mature and utterly captivating throughout these four tracks.
Front woman Sarah Howells has long been renowned for her quality, truthfully extraordinary
singing voice (having been the
Single Reviews The Next Nine Years - You Live, I Learn (single/ Probation) By Steve Rudd
Debut singles don't get much better than this double-A side belter from this kick-ass quartet.
Lead track You Live, I Learn is ball-busting melodic rock, that sets a breakneck pace.
Thankfully, all the guitars and lung-busting vocals are perfectly
Album Reviews - Sidewinder CD By Nick Quantrill
With their high quality and energetic live shows, Sidewinder are regarded as one of the finer Hull bands.
Looking as comfortable playing to a packed house at the Kingston Communications Stadium as they do
playing in the local pub, Sidewinder have demonstrated their ability to capture the
Single Reviews The Concretes - Seems Fine (single/ EMI) By Steve Rudd
If you want to feel refreshed and plain good about life, then it's imperative that
Stockholm outfit The Concretes are checked out ASAP.
Laying claim to almost as many band members as The Polyphonic Spree, there are eight of them,
coolly fronted by sultry vocalist Victoria Bergsman.