A look back at my listening habits in 2003.
8 albums I wish I’d never bought, and one I’d happily erase from the face of the earth.
The basics: Dientes are a four-man rock band from Warrington, North West England, currently “unsigned” (although with the Internet, who needs a label, these days?) – they funded the mastering for their debut album, Numbers & Stations, through Kickstarter, and generally enjoy what you could call “local acclaim”. How did I hear Dientes? When I […]
Ten years ago was a good year for British rock music, seeing debuts from Hundred Reasons and The Libertines, Idlewild’s The Remote Part, and amongst others, Feeder’s Comfort In Sound. It’s the Welshmen who had a pretty heavy influence on A, with a number of songs on this breakthrough disc giving a pretty good impression […]
The biggest clue about the direction of this collaboration is the billing: Lou Reed comes first. What you have here is an unholy mess, two great artists failing to find a middle ground that suits both their sounds. Where the goal would be symbiosis, a burgeoning brilliance, a la Damo Suzuki going apeshit over a […]
In Rainbows promised a renaissance for Radiohead, as did ‘These Are My Twisted Words’ and ‘Harry Patch’ – what you have here is an inconsistent EP with too much padding.
It’s a pretty good distillation of the album, and his whole ouevre – lefty-yet-emotional-intricately-detailed-but-bumptiously-English-indie-pop. Win.