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Johnny Black  |  Sep 17, 2019
This month we review: Howard Jones, Tusks, Crazy P and Jamie Freeman
Johnny Black  |  Aug 28, 2019
This month we review: The Skints, Matthew Edwards And The Unfortunates, The Cranberries and Pretty Archie
Johnny Black  |  Jul 25, 2019
This month we review: James Morrison, Hajk, Josefin Öhrn And The Liberation and Ishmael Ensemble
Johnny Black  |  Jun 20, 2019
This month we review: Jon Amor, Delicate Steve, Crows and Nick Waterhouse
Johnny Black  |  May 14, 2019
This month we review: The Steel Woods, Katie Doherty And The Navigators, Deep Cut, and MXMJoY
Johnny Black  |  Apr 03, 2019
This month we review: Raoul Vignal, Me And My Friends, Michael Blyth & The Wild Braid, & Frankie Davies
Johnny Black  |  Mar 06, 2019
This month we review: Foxtrott, Me And My Friends, Amos Lee, & Ed Motta
Johnny Black  |  Dec 01, 2018
This month we review: KT Tunstall, John Butler Trio, Ian William Craig, and Advance Base
Johnny Black  |  Nov 01, 2018
This month we review: Josh Taerk, The Molochs, Epic45, and Texti-tv 666.
Johnny Black  |  Oct 01, 2018
This month we review: Protoje, Tom Bailey, Jack Carty And Gus Gardiner, and C Diab.
Johnny Black  |  Sep 01, 2018
This month we review: Toure Kunda, Maddy Prior, Hannah James And Giles Lewin, Dan Stuart, and Judith Owen.
Johnny Black  |  Dec 10, 2010
Everything about Dark Hope was screaming ‘No!’ at me. Opera singer covering rock songs? No, it never works, never ever. Well, I reckoned without the good taste of Fleming and producer/arranger David Kahne. They’ve re-interpreted fabulous contemporary songs by Band Of Horses, Muse, Death Cab For Cutie plus a sprinkling of classics from Jefferson Airplane, Peter Gabriel and Leonard Cohen.
Johnny Black  |  Dec 10, 2010
I haven’t heard an album quite this beguiling since Whalebone Polly’s Recording With The Window Open back in 2005, so it’s a particular delight to discover that there are still females around who can do this sort of thing. Mountain Man are three women, two of them still in school in Vermont, the other a nanny, who use nothing but their close-harmonising voices and acoustic guitars to create the most haunting, spine-shivering songs imaginable. Recorded live in an abandoned factory, there’s a purity and immediacy to the sound of this album that puts most others into the shade: you feel you’re right there and they’re singing just for you. Bliss.
Johnny Black  |  Dec 10, 2010
With The Dixie Chicks on a seemingly endless recording hiatus, two thirds of the band, Emily Robison and Martie Maguire, have emerged as Court Yard Hounds. It’s hard to imagine any fan of the Chicks not enjoying this outing but, happily, Robison and Maguire have come up with something noticeably more intimate and personal than a Chicks album. There’s a delightfully down-home quality to cuts like the Jakob Dylan duet ‘See You In The Spring’, and Robison’s recent divorce seems to have pushed her into emotional spaces she might not have otherwise explored. The anger of ‘Ain’t No Son’, the defiant spirit of ‘It Didn’t Make A Sound’ and the touching honesty of ‘Fear Of Wasted Time’ make this pretty damned irresistible.
Johnny Black  |  Dec 10, 2010
Courtney Love’s return, says the press release, has been ‘feverishly anticipated’. I feel I have the right to ask, ‘Who by?’ Certainly not me. This album is as cheap and premeditated as anyone with more than half a brain would expect it to be. Courtney snarls and drawls like Marianne Faithfull on Ritalin through a mess of bitchy faux-grunge pop ditties, most of them knocked up by song doctor Linda Perry, probably on a afternoon when she wasn’t writing hits for Pink, Gwen Stefani or Christina Aguilera.