Song of the Week #2 has distinct gospel and disco influences, and it’s bloody good. Continue reading Song of the Week #2: Arcade Fire, "Everything Now"
May 2017 marks 25 years since Carter USM released “1992 The Love Album”, which was paradoxically both their most successful album and the one that began their sad demise. To mark the anniversary we take a look at Carter’s seminal album and ask ourselves, “is wrestling fixed?”
This is not going to come as much of a surprise because as regular listeners will know I’m something of a pop tart, but I fricking loved Steps V1.0. Well, not “5-6-7-8” quite so much because line dancing is one of those things that should have been consigned to the great pedal bin of life a long time ago.
Q: What do Minor Victories, Syntax and the Bloom Twins have in common?
I always wonder why people concentrate on reviewing new releases when there’s now so much old stuff worth looking up, courtesy of streaming services. One of the problems I have with a new band is the binge syndrome; when I like something I want to hear a lot more. Continue reading Some thoughts about music reviews
The last two albums have been fairly tame, generic efforts by Depeche Mode’s high standards, mirroring the lull after their 80s/90s heyday. Does the launch of their 14th album “Spirit” promise a return to form? This livestreamed gig might tell us more. Continue reading Depeche Mode live at the Telekom Street Gig
In September 2012, Pet Shop Boys released their eleventh regular studio album, ‘Elysium’. To my mind, it’s their most soporific and middling album to date and one marked by their most crushingly bland single, ‘Winner’. Metacritic ranked the aggregated review scores for the album as ‘generally favourable’.
‘Elysium’ would turn out to their last single in partnership with Parlophone, their home for the last three decades. Six months after its release, Pet Shop Boys announced that they had signed a new deal with a new kind of label, Kobalt Label Services. The announcement came with the promise of new music, in the form of a snippet of a brand new track worlds away from the introspective meanderings of ‘Elysium’.