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Wake Up the Moths
Wake Up the Moths
Offered by Townsend Records
Price: £14.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Folkin' great!, 27 May 2005
This review is from: Wake Up the Moths (Audio CD)
Matt Deighton's first release for four years sees him ditching the funky electric sound of 2001's The Common Good and opting instead for the low-key, pastoral, jazzy acoustic folk that has become his trademark.
Wake Up The Moths is, arguably, Deighton's strongest solo offering to date. The former frontman of acid jazz outfit Mother Earth has turned in a beautiful collection of songs that are the perfect soundtrack to a lazy summer evening in the English countryside.
Fans of Nick Drake, Wild Wood-era Paul Weller and Dr Robert will be seduced by this album's rural charm and its mellow, laidback vibe. A career best from one of our most under-rated singer/songwriters - folkin' great!

The Long Way Round
The Long Way Round
Price: £30.96

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Britpop frontman launches solo career, 30 July 2004
This review is from: The Long Way Round (Audio CD)
Louis Eliot, the former frontman of Britpop also-rans Rialto, has finally released his long-awaited solo album, The Long Way Round.
Rather than ape Rialto's trademark bombast, high drama and theatrical style, Eliot has opted for a low-key, pastoral vibe instead.
In the offing for a while, this record is a charming collection of self-penned songs in the vein of mid-period Beatles or Kinks.
High on melody and low on production values, this is a collection of intimate,stripped-down quirky tunes.
Highlights include the giddy, country-tinged pop of Heart Shaped Bruise and the folky Country Life.
The arrangements are sparse - mostly acoustic - but occasionally bolstered with easy listening-style brass and Dylan-like harmonica.
Rialto were arguably the great lost band of the '90s. With The Long Way Round, Louis Eliot has proved that he is one of Britain's most talented and under-rated songwriters.
It's great to have him back.

Stereo Blues
Stereo Blues
Price: £20.85

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Stereo, 30 July 2004
This review is from: Stereo Blues (Audio CD)
Power-pop veterans Velvet Crush return with an all-guns-blazing rock album that harks back to the crunchin' sound of their 1998 long-player Heavy Changes.
Gone is the '70s FM radio vibe of 2002's Soft Sounds, replaced by songs with a punchy, live feel.
The jangly, Beachboys/Byrds feel of yesteryear has been ditched in favour of a more hard-hitting sound.
Rusted Star, and Do What You Want sound like Monster-era REM and then some, while Want You Now is a garage-rock gem that gives The Hives a run for their money.
B-Side Blues is a nod to The Stones circa Let It Bleed, Get Yourself Right hijacks the guitar motif from The Smashing Pumpkins' 1979, scuffs it up and drags it screaming through the gutter, and Great To Be Fine offers some much-needed relief with its warm, country stylings.
With choruses as infectious as SARS and plenty of juggernaut-sized riffs, this is a great, energetic guitar rock record that pulls no punches.
Deliriously dumb and catchy as hell, it's a great slice of American indie.
Subtle it ain't, but crank it up and you'll soon be leaping round the living room like a loon.
This should be pumpin' on your stereo.

You Are The Quarry
You Are The Quarry
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Price: £3.98

2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bigmouth strikes again!, 19 May 2004
This review is from: You Are The Quarry (Audio CD)
After a lengthy absence, Morrissey has returned to the fray with his long-awaited new studio album, You Are The Quarry.
Although his trademark self-pitying themes and no holds barred lyrical sideswipes are still firmly in place, the self-styled Pope of Mope has pushed the boat out musically, expanding his straight forward guitar-based sound with, shock, horror, trippy drum loops and strange-sounding effects.
Many of the songs are haunting, poignant affairs - modern, reflective torchsongs performed by a singer in the autumn of his years.
You Are The Quarry is not Morrissey's finest album - that honour must be bestowed upon 1994's Vauxhall and I.
It is, however, a very good Morrissey record, even, if, at times, the proliferation of overwrought, histrionic ballads threatens to overpower the listener.
You're left wanting less slower songs and more upbeat rockers, in the style of the first single, Irish Blood, English Heart, and the crime-themed stomper, First of The Gang To Die.
Mozzer fans will clutch You Are The Quarry to their bosoms, while casual observers will wonder what all the fuss was about.
Stop me if you've heard this one before....


21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Martin Rossiter and co debut a new, sexier, darker sound!, 29 Sept. 2001
This review is from: Libertine (Audio CD)
Despite their penchant for classy, swaggering tunes and elegant, tear-stained ballads, Gene
have never risen above cult status.
Libertine is a 'make it or break it' album for Martin Rossiter and his cohorts.
It's their first studio outing since 1999's Revelations, a record which met with, undeservedly, lukewarm reviews.
So will this new album condemn the band to indie obscurity or lead them onwards and upwards?
Well, the good news is that Libertine is a fine record,which sees the band jettisoning the Smiths comparisons which have dogged their career from day one, and heading into brave, new territories.
At times, Libertine is brooding, sultry and saucy, with many of the tracks built around slinky bass grooves.These fey, white boys have decided to get sexy on us. . .
We'll Get What We Deserve is on a reggae tip (!), the gorgeous You is tinged with '60s soul, and Let Me Rest nods its head in the direction of disco, ending in a crazed Hammond and guitar freak-out!
Libertine is also much darker than its predecessor.
Opener Does He Have A Name? is a moody, slow-burning epic, scored with velvety strings, A Simple Request is funky, country noire, riddled with mean slide guitar, and Is It Over is a piano-led weepie of anthemic, Elton John proportions.
Rest assured,though, there are plenty of classic, old skool Gene moments on offer.
Oh Lover sets the unpleasant subject matter of wife beating to a pretty, soulful tune, laced with warm organ chords and Steve Mason's delicate guitar textures, whilst Walking In The Shallows and Yours For The Taking are sprightly, feisty rockers, which will go down a storm in the band's live set.
Even those of you with the hardest of hearts will be unable to resist the closing Somewhere In The World - a poignant, simple lullaby to lost love.
Rumours of Gene's death have been greatly exaggerated - on the evidence of Libertine, they're still fighting fit and able.

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