College Radio Day Volume 2 Album Review

4th February 2014 -

 Review

On their 1985 minor hit 'Left of the Dial', The Replacements sang their ode to college radio, America's best solution to showcasing all the most interesting up and coming bands to all the coolest people....

Various Artists - The Secret Life of Walter Mitty OST Album Review

9th December 2013 -

 Review

What with 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' not being released until Boxing Day and knowing little about what the film actually entails - Ben Stiller goes on some grand adventure to save his job...

Various artists - Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake Album Review

25th June 2013 -

 Review

As well as being the name of a Nick Drake song and a best of compilation album, Way to Blue was a touring ensemble of folk musicians recreating the songs of Nick Drake. This album...

Various Artists - The Great Gatsby OST Album Review

13th June 2013 -

 Review

The Great Gatsby movie may not have received universal praise and critical acclaim since its silver screen release but that doesn't mean you should write off or disregard its soundtrack. What do critics know anyway?...

Various Artists - Renaissance: The Mix Collection; Tale of Us Album Review

30th May 2013 -

 Review

The compilation CD is something of a dying art form nowadays, replaced instead with Soundcloud mixes, Mixcloud playlists and so forth; the lost art of assembling a physical release that people might genuinely be interested...

Various Artists - 'Dermot O'Leary Presents The Saturday Sessions 2013' Album Review

28th February 2013 -

 Review

Using a tried-and-tested formula of acoustic versions and covers, this most recent instalment of the series sees further performances for Dermot O'Leary's radio show now available to own. The artists included cover a broad...

Sony Music Presents 'Cooking Songs' Released 4 March 2013

31st January 2013 -

 Press

From The Mixing Desk, To The Mixing Bowl Sony Music Presents 'Cooking Songs'.Sony Music Cook Up A Brand New Compilation Format, Combining 8 Mouth Watering Recipes From Celebrity Chef Gino D'acampo And 54 Fantastic Tracks...

Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Various Artists Album Review

28th January 2013 -

 Review

Well, this is the soundtrack to a western, but it's also the soundtrack to the bloody new vision of Quentin Tarantino so while it hints at it, it's not exactly the most classical collection of...

Various Artists - Les Miserables: Highlights From The Motion Picture Soundtrack Album Review

15th January 2013 -

 Review

From one end of the internet to the other, review upon review of this collection of Les Miserables songs is cluttered with well-informed opinion. Passionate fans of Schonberg's musical have debated, with fervour, whether or...

Various Artists - Montreal Bass Culture Vol. 1 Album Review

4th January 2013 -

 Review

Imitation: that sincerest form of flattery, or so they say. Normally, this means that the content referred to is some pale facsimile of the original, like but on a bad day. So painfully underground...

Various Artists - Christmas Rules Album Review

6th December 2012 -

 Review

It's the most wonderful time of the year. That guy from the first series of Big Brother is starring as Dick Whittington's cat in the local pantomime, uncouth youths are pelting innocent people at bus...

Various Artists - Annie Mac Presents 2012 Album review

8th November 2012 -

 Review

As the face and voice of Radio One's more cutting edge dance grooves, Annie Mac has established herself as one of the station's more credible ambassadors in recent years. Her rite of passage dates back...

Various Artists - Rough Trade Shops: Bella Union 15 Album Review

30th October 2012 -

 Review

While the major record labels have been in financial decline for over a decade now, mainly bemoaning the increasing influx of illegal internet downloads for their peril, many independents have thrived, largely by operating purely...

Various Artists - Late Night Tales: Metronomy Compilation - Album Review

30th October 2012 -

 Review

Following in the footsteps of the likes of Belle & Sebastian, The Cinematic Orchestra and Four Tet, Metronomy take the curatorial baton for this Late Night Tales compilation/DJ set. Through the tracklist of their self-curated...

Various Artists - Songs of Anarchy: Music from Sons of Anarchy Seasons 1-4 Album Review

9th October 2012 -

 Review

Hit Television series Sons of Anarchy has everything; countless complicated and fascinating characters, interwoven plot lines and an excellent soundtrack to boot. Combining a number of the finest songs ever written with some of the...

Various Artists - Isles Of Wonder

30th August 2012 -

 Review

Isles Of Wonder is somewhat of an oddity. It's a soundtrack to a Danny Boyle production, but it's also a historical document of a moment that galvanised the British public on a world stage. Now...

Various Artists - Communion: New Faces

28th August 2012 -

 Review

The broad church that supports the collective assembly of Communion Records was only formed 6 years ago through the vision of Ben 'Mumford' Lovett, bassist Kevin Jones and producer Ian Grimble. From its early roots...

Various Artists - Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac

6th August 2012 -

 Review

Tribute albums are often considered musical minefields. All too often, a collection of a band's contemporaries take apart a selection of their classic tracks before being packaged and released in their own right. Occasionally, these...

Various Artists - Modular Presents: Leave Them All Behind 4

8th May 2012 -

 Review

Sydney based independent Modular Recordings have been one of the most forward thinking labels on the planet since their conception fifteen years ago. Initially responsible for launching the careers of artists like The Living End...

Various Artists - The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 And Beyond

12th April 2012 -

 Review

For the cynical music fan, there's much to be suspicious of when looking at The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 And Beyond. On one side of the coin, it's a companion album (not actually...

Various Artists - SID Chip Sounds: The Music Of The Commodore 64

20th March 2012 -

 Review

If, like me, you were a child of the 1970s, it's likely that your first dalliance with a strange gadget known as a computer would be the Sinclair ZX81. Or if you were really lucky...

Various Artists - Songs Of Anarchy: Music From Sons Of Anarchy Seasons 1-4

7th February 2012 -

 Review

If ever there was a title that told you what you were getting, this is it. Taken from an American drama television series, these tracks are just a sample of those from a show that...

Various Artists - Manchester Music For Kosovo

23rd January 2012 -

 Review

There's no disputing the musical brilliance that Manchester has born unto the world; The Smiths, Oasis, Joy Division, the list of its' icons could go on and on. This compilation showcases some of the damn...

Various Artists - New Heavy Sounds Volume 2

16th January 2012 -

 Review

Sadly, it is not at all uncommon to hear some out of touch oik of a journalist declaring that 'rock' or even 'guitar music' is 'dead'. While I would certainly agree that guitar music does...

Various Artists - Rough Trade Shops Electronic 11

9th January 2012 -

 Review

2011, the year the guitar became redundant. Or at least that's what the doom mongers of medialand would have us believe. Of course that first sentence isn't strictly true, but at the same time it...

Various Artists - Northern Star Presents Revolution In Sound II

13th December 2011 -

 Review

There is nothing like a mad, loud compilation to warm us all up through this cold winter that is ahead of us. Luckily, Northern Star Records return, bringing out their second Revolution In Sound compilation...

Various Artists - Movement 1977-1979: BBC Radio 1 Peel Sessions

30th November 2011 -

 Review

John Peel's revered Radio 1 show pushed boundaries: it played music no other programme (or at least no other legally broadcast programme) would touch. Peel's early embrace of punk rock, together with its various splinter...

Various Artists - American Anthems 2

8th November 2011 -

 Review

Due for release on November 14 through Sony Music, 'American Anthems 2' is a 58 song, three cd set of what is described as a 'great rock repertoire that has stood the test of time'....

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