Six albums in, the idiosyncratic style of Nottingham duo Sleaford Mods is still very much intact on Spare Ribs. Andrew Fearn's minimalistic, catchy-as-hell beats are still propping up the antics, while Jason Williamson continues to deliver his run-down, guttural ramblings like the drunken, working-class hero we all presume him to be. Sleaford Mods have always shoved a kebab-soaked middle finger in the face of anyone (anyone at all) deemed to...Read more
Colour theory nerds might recognise 'Drunk Tank Pink' as the name of a shade psychologists once used in prison cells to calm violent inmates. If Shame are the inmates in this scenario, it hasn't worked. These eleven tracks are beefier, more confrontational, more dissonant than before, and all the better for it, Charlie Steen's primal taunting on the in-your-face opener 'Alphabet' a fitting introduction to the ride ahead. Inspired by the travelling...Read more
Kurt Vile and John Prine were natural collaborators. In addition to their knack for using observational humor to magnify pathos and pathos to magnify humor, both have talents that have been largely overlooked. Prine is such a remarkable and idiosyncratic songwriter that his lyrics often overshadow his innovative guitar playing, which involves a two- instead of three-finger picking style. Vile is such an ingenious guitarist that his playing often...Read more
The Bee Gees seem to have undergone some sort of critical evaluation over the last few years. Once derided for excessively tight trousers and lashings of cheese, the world seems to have eventually woken up as to how many good songs the Mancunian siblings wrote. Barry Gibb‘s Glastonbury ‘Legends’ spot a few years ago started the turnaround, and at the end of 2020, a documentary called How Can You Mend A Broken Heart aired, celebrating...Read more
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