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Review: Faith No More - Sol Invictus

Posted by Christopher Ratcliff at 07:33 on 18 May 2015
Faith No More - Sol Invictus
Just from the opening 30 seconds of Sol Invictus - the delicate piano, the military drumming, Mike Patton’s growling baritone - it’s clear that despite a gap of 18 years, Faith No More feel like they’ve never been away, and for me it feels just like coming home again.

Review: Young Fathers - White Men Are Black Men Too

Posted by Christopher Ratcliff at 21:56 on 08 Apr 2015
Young Fathers - White Men Are Black Men Too
Fuck the Mercurys and fuck the Mercury curse! Young Fathers' second album White Men Are Black Men Too is a phenomenal effort, full of energy, creativity and a lightness of touch that mocks every other band who won the award with six very rigid middle fingers.

Uh... there are three members of Young Fathers just in case that needed explaining. Three people, six hands, six... you know what, you're clever people, you figured it out. Where was I? Oh yeah, fuck M People!

Review: Action Bronson - Mr Wonderful

Posted by Christopher Ratcliff at 15:51 on 02 Apr 2015
Action Bronson - Mr Wonderful
Action Bronson’s new album Mr Wonderful is the absolute shit. Now I haven’t used that term on the site before, as you can probably tell from my very British reticence. It’s a ‘use-once and never again’ phrase which I’ve had to save for a very special occasion.

“Is this a special occasion right now” you ask? Well let me see, does the release of a joyful blast of masterful hip-hop released just in time to soundtrack my entire summer count as a special occasion? The answer is FUCK YES.

Review: Björk – Vulnicura

Posted by Tom Farncombe at 09:16 on 03 Feb 2015
Björk – Vulnicura
Björk is a genius. I think we can all agree on that. However until this record – rush-released following a leak by some studio twonk, presumably – I haven't really wanted to repeatedly listen to a new Björk album since Vespertine. But Vulnicura might just be her strongest since Homogenic, and that's saying something.

Review: Ariel Pink - pom pom

Posted by Christopher Ratcliff at 08:59 on 20 Nov 2014
Ariel Pink - pom pom
‘Polarising’ doesn’t even begin to describe Ariel Pink adequately. 'Raving arsehole' is probably more appropriate. 'Nincompoop’ is even better. It’s exactly the sort of chronically unfashionable yet deeply self-aware term perfect for a man who looks like he’s stumbled out of a bedsit after spending ten years watching late night cable TV, recording drum synths onto an 8-track and masturbating into a My Little Pony sticker book.

Review: El-P + Killer Mike - Run the Jewels 2

Posted by Christopher Ratcliff at 00:12 on 28 Oct 2014
El-P + Killer Mike - Run the Jewels 2
It's been a shitty year for music. Sure there have been minor goodies, but in a year where not one single album has achieved platinum status (one million sales) it's easy to see why.

New albums released this week that are good

Posted by Christopher Ratcliff at 13:32 on 08 Oct 2014
New albums released this week that are good
Apologies for the rather blunt and inelegant title, but sometimes you just have to call a thing you dig with a thing you dig with.

This new feature is a bit of an experiment... Here I’ll be picking out the best new albums released each week and writing about them in my usual arbitrary and only marginally helpful way, however the difference is that these reviews will be mercifully brief.

For complete transparency I’m doing this for a number of reasons. Number one: I’m currently in New York for my day-job, so time is extra tight this week (shhh... don’t tell them I’m writing this on their dime). Number two: I’m having a major debate with myself about the value of music reviews. Does anyone actually care? By the time you’ve clicked on a review and begun reading surely you could already be listening to the thing for free on Spotify or YouTube anyway. (I would really value your opinion on this by the way.) Number three: there’s so many decent new albums out this week that I just don’t have the time to cover all of them.

So there you go, it’s a combination of time constraints, current trends and completism covered in a not so thin veneer of creative crisis. Boom! You wouldn’t get that from Pitchfork.

Which may be precisely why you’re about to click on your Pitchfork bookmark. But before you do, can I just say that just because… oh you’ve gone already.

It’s just you and me now laptop screen. What shall we do now? Go see a Broadway show, you say? You’re a fucking idiot.

Review: Perfume Genius - Too Bright

Posted by Christopher Ratcliff at 12:20 on 02 Oct 2014
Perfume Genius - Too Bright
Too Bright is a shot fired right across the bow of this curmudgeonly simpleton. All I can do is stare slack-jawed and open-eyed as it illuminates the sky beautifully and then proceeds to devastate every part of the 'Good Ship Sarcastic Bastard'.

Review: Aphex Twin - Syro

Posted by The Ape at 08:16 on 22 Sep 2014
Aphex Twin - Syro
I will be calling this review of Aphex Twin's Syro: 'Exploding a few recent Aphex Twin myths'.

Review: Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World

Posted by Christopher Ratcliff at 12:10 on 18 Sep 2014
Death From Above 1979 - The Physical World
You'd think by the way that some people talk about them, Death From Above 1979 once saved all the kittens from a burning kitten hospital, jumped over 28 shark infested buses and completely reinvented rock and roll for an entire generation to come all at the same time.