John Rafferty

Helpful votes received on reviews: 89% (183 of 206)
Location: UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 43,395 - Total Helpful Votes: 183 of 206
Push The Sky Away ~ Nick Cave
Push The Sky Away ~ Nick Cave
7 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 15 Mar 2013
Have to agree with the less hysterical reviews here. The lyrics are really not polished to their usual exactness and just come across as stream-of-consciousness rubbish. The self referential 'Looking for Jubilee Street' is just taking the p*ss in an album that already has too few songs, all of which sound a bit samey. I couldn't believe the two tracks that were released in advance as they sounded like B sides. It sounds like he has went into the studio to make up tracks on the spot, the usual craft isn't there. Not even as interesting as Nocturama and that was weak. And while I'm at it, the last Grinderman album which everyone bizarrely praised was crap too - bar 1 song: 'evil'… Read more
Short Back and Sides ~ Ian Hunter
Short Back and Sides ~ Ian Hunter
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
For me this was Hunter's first real misjudgement of his solo career. Despite his self-critical appraisal of his work, his first four albums were all well produced with lots of strong tracks worth listening to. With Short Back'n'Sides though, the production choices really obscure what scant good songwriting there is to be found. Fresh from the recording of Sandinista!, the Clash's marathon album of wayward experimentation which so divided their audience, Mick Jones took over the reigns of production of Hunter's 5th studio effort. This was perhaps to attract a younger audience to Hunter's work or give him some hip street cred. However, in Mick Jones' hands the, at times very promising, songs… Read more
David Byrne ~ David Byrne
David Byrne ~ David Byrne
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
All artists go through extended periods of experimentation after which they start producing records which are informed by their experimental findings rather than obsessed with them (As Bowie did with Scary Monsters and Let's Dance). This is really Byrne's first record which isn't dabbling in some subgenre or other, unlike the preceding "Rei Momo" and "Uh Oh". There is no big Steve Lilywhite production here and everything is much more stripped down with the vocals more upfront than usual for Byrne. This compliments the general mood here which is bleak and pessimistic.

Like the black monochrome cover the themes are generally dark and filled with creeping paranoia, in stark… Read more