This mammoth edition of a truly classic album is worth it for fans for the wealth of material and insight into the choices involved in its creation.
Many of the Aislers Set's moods prefer melancholy. They mass classic pop and post-punk behind a yearning woman's small, echoed voice that demands attention.
Cherry Red Records affords these Scottish jangle-poppers and perennial underdogs a second chance some 30 years later with an odds and sods collection of demos, aborted singles and an unreleased album.
Over two decades on, Failure remains a rewarding listen, steeped in its time yet sweetly out of place.
This is a record to be entertained by, nothing more or nothing less.
Tre Mission proves nonconformity pays off on debut Stigmata.
And if you leave here, you leave me broken, shattered, I lie. I'm just a crosshair. I'm just a shot, then we can listen to the 192nd most acclaimed album of all time. Franz Ferdinand’s 2004 debut is this week’s Counterbalance.
With sonic brethren like Josh Ritter and Sufjan Stevens, the Portland, Oregon folk band Musée Mécanique offers up an instrumental version of its recent LP, the ornate and visionary From the Shores of Sleep.
Evocative and sensual, Kye Kye's remix of its own track "Her" reveals it to be a band always interested in reinventing itself.