Coldplay - Talk (Parlophone)
Reviewed By Steve Rudd
First there was Speed Of Sound.
Then these guys returned to literally haunt us and to Fix You.
Now all Coldplay wanna do is Talk.
And if they want to talk, the masses will sure as hell listen.
This is the third single to have thus far been swiped from their
stupendously successful X & Y album, and - as always - it is an anthem
dominated by both frontman Chris Martin's haunting vocals and Jonny Buckland's
mesmerising guitar melodies.
Kraftwerk's 'Computer Love' riff is cunningly sampled in the song, but despite
such a melody having been borrowed, this is still a classic Coldplay
song in a league of its own, with the CD single release including a new
song called Sleeping Sun to back Talk up for good measure.
Just recently, the band scooped a couple of prestigious awards at the
MTV Europe Awards show, and this single was released on December 19th
to coincide perfectly with a few dates that the band are playing in the UK,
alongside ex-Verve genius Richard Ashcroft.
In Talk, the ever-sensitive Chris sublimely croons I've been trying hard
to reach you... I'm so scared about the future. Indeed, this tune is a
spine-tingling, heart and soul-baring emotional rollercoaster ride, and
there's really no wonder why Coldplay can do no wrong with songs of this
Album Reviews - The Raindogs - The Adventures Of The Raindogs (Three Track Demo) By Steve Rudd
Hull-based quartet The Raindogs are understandably turning ears in their direction with their
uniquely spirited brand of indie-fied rock 'n' roll, that magically manages to be damn
catchy come the choruses of all these three songs.
Stop Smiling is up first, and straight away band front man Martin Clappison stuns the senses with his
extraordinary voice: a voice that is
Single Reviews - Silversun - Immediate (Invisible Hands) Reviewed by Steve Rudd
God, no! The 'Sun front man in James Broad was recently injured whilst making the accompanying video to
Immediate... or so it has been alleged, when Mr. Broad thought that he was James Bond for a
while and went hell for leather to emulate some of the secret agent's stunning stunts for
the aforementioned video.
Long story short, he injured himself. Details are
Single Reviews - Patrolman Pete - Ready To Roll (MX3) Reviewed by Steve Rudd
Bob the Builder has effectively already been here and done this, but this twee novelty
single release still has its wide-eyed and wholly innocent charms, and - at the time of
writing - seems destined to scale the charts in leaps and bounds, with the odds
on it being 2005's Christmas Number One literally increasing day by day.
The AA-affiliated, two and a half minute song
Single Reviews - Athlete - Twenty Four Hours (Parlophone) Reviewed by Steve Rudd
Ever since these four guys released their Vehicles And Animals album, they've been an exciting band
to watch, but since the release of their more recent Tourist long-player, this quartet has
rightfully became very well known indeed. This stunning single release follows on from their
hugely popular Wires and Half Light singles, with this mid-paced anthem in
Album Reviews - The Peasants - Champagne Lifestyle On A Lemonade Budget (Our True Records) By Steve Rudd
Whatever you do, don't you dare judge this CD by its cover, that shows the
two young guys who make up this musically gifted duo - Jody McKenna and Dave Saxby.
They both look like mean-spirited rockers, and both were brought up on the biggest
council estate in Britain - Hull's Bransholme estate.
Yet, the style of music that these two make together is in fact sweet harmony.
Album Reviews - Paparazzi Whore - I'd Rather Be Infamous Than Famous (DV8 Productions) Reviewed By Steve Rudd
There aren't many bands around that allow their sound to be dominated by a bass-driven whirlwind of noise.
Paparazzi Whore are something of a unique band, in that there is no lead guitar melody in the mix, but
just bass guitar and rhythm guitar... both played by Chris Oaten, who is one of the four talented band members.
Fronted by the feisty Micci Oaten (who also plays
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A truly magnificent album from start to finish, first impressions don't last as the beautifully
chilled-out 'Intro' (that combines piano, vocals and a lilting string arrangement to subtly
rousing effect) couldn't be any more different from the brand of rock that swiftly follows with a bang.
Ah yes. Please Don't Go immediately hears the band
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Wise words indeed from this thrilling Canadian band; a band that has bust out
of Winnipeg with one hell of a mission - and that mission is to rock hard! And loud!!
A ball-breaking rock 'n' roll riff dominates this smile-inducing anthem, as this
quartet indulges in a similar upbeat exuberance to bands like The Black Velvets and Jet,
lightly stained by the wicked fun of The Hives.
Watch Your Money might
Album/CD Reviews - March - Turn (Fortunate Son Records) Reviewed By Nick Quantrill
Out of print until now, this low-profile side project from Jeff Caudill and
Michael Baines was originally released in 1995.
Conceived as a temporary respite for Caudill from the pop-punk of his band Gameface,
this record allowed him to create a roots record that signposted the way forward
for his future endeavours.
Following the eventual demise of Gameface in 2003
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With four classic Goth-Metal music videos at this DVD release's core,
The Creation features the full-blooded intensity of the Torso Horse
swan-songs in In Your Head, Dragging Me Down,
The Angel You'll Never Be and Let It Out - the latter video having been
shot in an exhilarating live setting, showing off the extent
to which 'Horse fans get riled up at their hot
Music, Band Biog - Introducing The Straightmen
The Straightmen are a gathering of four good musicians who make a very nice sound and
everyone seems to enjoy their music.
The band consists of Nick on guitar and vocals, Raz on bass,
Vinnie on keyboard and Mark on drums.
All have been on the scene for a while, but know that what they have now is different and exciting.
The Straightmen have been described as many
Music, Band News - Unless; The Story So Far By Michelle Dee
If you have been listening to some of the John Peel tribute programming you may
have heard this band from Grimsby being played a number of times.
He was quietly making positive noises about them before he sadly passed away.
They are a punk-rock four piece that have been together for a number of
years and are in the process of recording their third
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Every so often, an album comes along that makes you step back and take a deep breath ... that
makes you marvel at just how amazing the piece of work is. This is one of them!
The Minstrel Show combines everything you can possibly look for in an album and then
sprinkles it all with an extra little bit of ill.
They put it best themselves, with the 100% true bar
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Fresh from sets at a multitude of summer festivals including Glastonbury and V2005,
Stephen Fretwell is all set to hit the charts again with his stunning
latest single, New York.
Fans of previous releases such as Emily won't be disappointed, as the short-but-sweet excellence
of New York immediately entrances the innocent listener, being as it is
Music News - Opportunity For The Best Hull Bands
Influential Recordings will be releasing a 12 track album featuring Hull's best bands.
The CD will be distributed nationally and will have national press reviews -
The Guardian, NME, The Times etc.
If your band is interested in having one of your songs on the CD please make sure that:
1. The track is recorded to professional level.
2. The Song must have not been released on any
Album/CD Reviews - One Be Lo - s.o.n.o.g.r.a.m. By www.emcee-battle.com
I don't know why its taken me so long to review this album, because it's the kind that
deserves the attention of everybody.
Being his first solo-effort, I didn't know what to expect.
When a lot of kats break away from their group to do a solo effort, it's normally
a shaky attempt at making themselves be known as the illest.
And in a lot of cases, it shines through that they're
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The rise and rise and rise of the Kaiser Chiefs has enraptured the music industry at large during 2005.
Only a year ago they were slogging their guts out around many of the country's toilet-venues,
but even then you could tell that they were teetering on the verge of success.
As soon as I Predict A Riot stormed the charts - and set excited tongues wagging