Chris Mandle

Album Review: Girls – Broken Dreams Club (Fantasy Trashcan/Turnstile)

For a band whose last foray into pop culture involved a viral video featuring a man holding an erect penis and pretending to sing...

Album Review: Rihanna – Loud (Def Jam/Mercury)

You don’t often get revealing moments at album playbacks. Excellent canapés and cheeky cocktails on diamanté-dripping trays, yes; epiphanies, no. So last month at...

Album Review: Twin Shadow – Forget (4AD)

It’s a hard knock life these days. Between the prospect of an extended period under practical Conservative rule, realising one of the world’s most...

Album Review: Tinchy Stryder – Third Strike (Island)

Though he’s bagged Number Ones galore, collaborating with gobby pop-rats N-Dubz and much-mocked R&B crooner Craig David has ensured that what vestige of coolness...

Album Review: Gregory And The Hawk – Leche (Fatcat)

Gregory And The Hawk, aka Meredith Godreau, is the Nick Drake of living people. Her third album continues her journey into spectral, haunted, child-like...

Album Review: Stereolab – Not Music (Duophonic UHF Disks)

“Hallmarked by a unique, carefully evolving but instantly recognisable sonic signature” is one way (ie, their label’s website’s) of describing 20 years of Stereolab...
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