Friday, October 25 2013
A.N Wilson's The Elizabethans is a very readable history, despite the author's inability to get out of his own way.
Thursday, July 10 2014
Nothing goes unnoticed in Yelena Akhtiorskaya's satire of an immigrant family, and nothing is sacred.
Silly plot aside, the real attraction to A Hard Day’s Night is the music and the way it is presented.
The Clientele were one of the greatest triumphs of the fickle aughts, and also one of the most overlooked successes of indie pop.
Donovan Quinn and Glenn Donaldson took a straight ahead approach to making their latest, a record infused with immediate charm making its 33-minute running time feel breezy, even effortless.
Two old friend, masters, play mostly love songs as if the night were coming to a close.
The Motherland shows that, at the age of 50, Dave Bidini shows no signs of slowing, and we can all celebrate the fact that he’s still making music.
Kris Delmhorst aims for a mature, minimalistic style on her seventh studio album Blood Test, a move which ultimately lacks punch and floats by in a puff of nothingness.
Wednesday, July 9 2014
While vengeance is surely a reliable dramatic device, its use here is also potentially more far-reaching.
The setting is not one hundred years after Reed, Sue, Ben and Johnny were first exposed to cosmic rays but rather one hundred years after Jack and Stan kicked off the Marvel revolution with the introduction of “The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine.”
Comics Art demonstrates Gravett's deep passion for the world of panels, speech balloons, fine lines and grand colors, subtle shading and transformative images.
For any a fan of The Who’s “Maximum R&B” music, this is as close to being there as you can possibly get without a time machine and a hefty ticket charge.
This is probably Boris’ most accessible record to date and the overall feeling is that it has, once again, managed to mould its inspiration while remaining quintessentially "Boris".
Tim Booth lost his mother and a friend. His band's aesthetic betrays his grief. But it all somehow comes out alright.
No collection could do justice to some of the diverse paths which Paul Weller has pursued over the last decade.
If this was the last day on Earth, Friedman would still go out and greet friends and celebrate the moment rather than cry in despair.
Tough and yet tender, sexy and yet seductive, All of Nothin’ appeals to all of your good senses, and it is a wonderful testament of an artist who is very quickly coming into her own.
Tuesday, July 8 2014
Flashbacks appear first as if in her mind (via circular mirrors and quaint iris transitions) and then as if on digital recording (on a tablet), neither obviously accurate.
Sex Criminals fits into a category all its own. Is it a book about sex? It is certainly dirty, but it doesn’t exploit its characters.
I Spy is filled with revolutionary diversity, exotic filming locations, and a textbook example of on screen chemistry.