Tindersticks’ latest album, released to commemorate 21 years of the band, is an odd collection. It’s not new material, yet it’s not a compilation of their finer moments. Rather it’s a re-recording from across their back catalogue utilising the current line-up.
Lightning Bolt showcases what Pearl Jam have become: an unashamed classic rock band.
Right across the album, Stephen Shannon’s sensitive production allows the nine tracks room to breathe. This album certainly won’t be for everybody but for those looking to spread a little aural sunlight across their weary cochlea, this is highly recommended.
His music is not for the impatient. While it’s unlikely to win RM Hubbert new fans, Breaks & Bone (dedicated to his dog) will delight those who enjoyed his previous albums.
Fraser McGowan’s latest Caught In The Wake Forever EP is a series of seven ambient droning pieces.
Pixies fans might want things to go back to exactly as they were before. That being said, EP1 should satisfy your Pixies hunger.
Mark Lanegan’s latest album, a collection of covers, is possibly smoothest-sounding collection yet. This is not necessarily a good thing.
Without doubt the songs are good, and his band plays them really well. If you like the second half of Apocalypse, especially Riding For The Feeling, you’ll love this.
The music on Hesitation Marks is far from the screaming rage and guitar assaults of old. Rather it’s a progression from 2008′s The Slip, with elements of his more recent How To Destroy Angels work thrown in.
In a lot of cases on this album, Mark Kozelek’s lyrics feel unnatural, almost shoehorned into place. The songs are saved by the fine musical arrangements. Half of the album is really strong.