Chris Mandle

Album Review: Cheryl Cole – Messy Little Raindrops (Polydor)

It took only a tonne of mascara, a slagheap of fake tan and a few teatime telly tears to make the docile British nation...

Album Review: 6 Day Riot – On This Island (Tantrum)

In the midst of the world going absolutely potty for Mumford & Sons, surely now there’s at least an outside chance 6 Day Riot...

Album Review: Chickenhawk – Modern Bodies (Brew)

In the words of Anchorman’s meteorologist Brick Tamland, “LOUD NOISES”. And, er, not a whole lot else really. As a band calling themselves Chickenhawk...

Album Review: Surf City – Kudos (Fire)

Though it was widely anticipated that Bradford Cox would become one of the noughties’ more influential artists, few considered that most of his protégés...

Album Review: Jenny and Jonny – I’m Having Fun Now (Warner Bros)

Another boy-girl duo unleash their love on the world via the medium of music. Brilliant. Actually, this one almost is. Jenny ‘Rilo Kiley’ Lewis,...

Album Review: Patrick Watson – Just Another Ordinary Day (Secret City)

Patrick Watson is one of those extravagantly gifted singers, like Rufus Wainwright or Antony Hegarty, who is so talented it’s almost a handicap. You...

Album Review: The Thermals – Personal Life (Kill Rock Stars)

What made early The Thermals records such good fun was the way the Portland trio hurtled through their songs, racing themselves to the finish...

Album Review: Koen Holtkamp – Gravity/Bees (Thrill Jockey)

Even something as apparently trendless as experimental drone is not immune to the wax and wane of fashion. In fact, at present a certain...

Album Review: Barn Owl – Ancestral Star (Thrill Jockey)

There’s something darkly ponderous about this San Fran duo’s third effort – in fact, the record sounds like the scariest Catholic mass you’ve never...

Album Review: Various Artists – Apparat: DJ Kicks (!K7)

!K7’s justly celebrated ‘DJ Kicks’ series and Berlin musician Apparat, aka Sasha Grey, have enjoyed similar career arcs 
to date. They’ve both gone from...
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