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The New Spiritual Vacuum

THE SHUDDERS SEEM TO HAVE EMERGED from personal crisis and creative confusion as newly elected champions of the alt-rock movie soundtrack. After a decade-long journey from indie jazz-punk awkwardness to…

Hellbilly Deluxe

IT'S ALL SO TERRIBLY British. Mancunian five-piece make debut album featuring strident guitars and lyrical touches such as, [I]"On a rainy day/You're just an average man"[/I]. They anoint said platter…

In An Expression Of The Inexpressible

FROM THE COVER HE STARES, EYES blazing, a cross etched into his brow, a pentangle by his ear. If the solo album is an opportunity to peer into the soul…

Push Me Again

IMAGINE GETTING INTIMATE WITH this man. This is PW Long's second solo album, following last year's sparse and brutal 'We Didn't See You On Sunday', and it's a return to…

Subdivision Of Being

IMAGINE GETTING INTIMATE WITH this man. This is PW Long's second solo album, following last year's sparse and brutal 'We Didn't See You On Sunday', and it's a return to…

Endless Harmony

LITTLE IS KNOWN ABOUT ALPP, except that they are three brothers and one friend on rock instruments and Moog, and that the ALPP EP that precedes this record (included here)…

First Love, Last Rites – Music From The Motion Picture

THE BEACH BOYS CD RELEASES which culminated in last year's 'Pet Sounds' box set added many unreleased tracks and outtakes to the vinyl album versions. So you might expect 'Endless…

The Swarm Volume 1

IF YOU TOLERATE THIS, your children will be next. Over 15 years the Tories set about destroying the Trade Unions, and with them went the last vestiges of mass working-class…

ONLY ONE THING HURTS MORE than the stripy, splenetic insects which the Wu-Tang Clan frequently warn are flying our way. That's RZA cracking his whip, cancelling all tea breaks, holiday…

The Three Pyramids Club

THESE ARE DIFFICULT TIMES FOR A MAN LIKE Mark E Smith - finding himself without a band, without a record label and without a great deal of fans left apart…

Rock The Dock

THE IDEA OF SUGGS PRODUCING A CONCEPT ALBUM ONCE seemed about as likely as Ian Dury joining Yes. And while 'The Three Pyramids Club' is no bloated prog-rock odyssey, the…

The Post Nearly Man

THE FIRST THING YOU THINK when 'Celebrity Skin ' smacks you in the nose is that you may never need to hear a rock'n'roll record ever again. It feels that…