Mike Barnes

Mike Barnes  |  Nov 30, 2020  |  0 comments
This month we review: Bill Callahan, The Lemon Twigs, Motorpsycho and Tricky.
Mike Barnes  |  Oct 29, 2020  |  0 comments
This month we review: The Flaming Lips, HjaltalÍn, My Morning Jacket and The Wolfhounds.
Mike Barnes  |  Oct 13, 2020  |  0 comments
With its now famous front cover showing the son of drummer Butch Trucks, the band's fifth album was the sound of a group striving for renewal after the tragic deaths of two of its members. Yet the album's success would only sour the relationships between them

In many ways it was remarkable that The Allman Brothers Band's Brothers And Sisters was made at all, arriving as it did after the deaths of two of the group's members within a year, and drug abuse by the musicians and their entourage having spiralled out of control. The fact that it was also their greatest commercial success still feels rather hard to believe.

Mike Barnes  |  Sep 28, 2020  |  0 comments
This month we review: Seasick Steve, Fontaines DC, Sam Prekop and The Pretenders.
Mike Barnes  |  Sep 11, 2020  |  0 comments
Released in 1973, the singer's 16th album marked his transition from child star to a musically mature performer able to grapple with the social issues of the day and make sense of them for an audience wedded to pop. And he was just 22 years old...

Stevie Wonder's 1973 album Innervisions is widely regarded as one of his best and has featured prominently in magazine polls of the greatest albums of all time. But apart from all the plaudits, it's astonishing that it was his 16th studio album and was released shortly after he had turned 23. At that point the man born Stevland Judkins had already been in the music business for a decade – his single 'Fingertips' had topped both the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles and the R&B singles charts when he was just 13 years old.

Mike Barnes  |  Aug 27, 2020  |  0 comments
This month we review: Tim Burgess, Badly Drawn Boy, Blancmange and Louise Patricia Crane.
Mike Barnes  |  Aug 11, 2020  |  0 comments
Released in November 1983, the band's third album for RCA Records went to No 1 in the UK, No 10 in the States' Billboard chart and was later certified platinum. Not bad for an LP recorded and mixed in part of a North London church in just three weeks...

In the post-punk era of the late '70s many new wave groups chose a name beginning with 'the' to differentiate themselves from what had gone years before. And often their choices were deliberately low key, which gave us names like The Trainspotters, The Members and The Tourists.

Mike Barnes  |  Jul 30, 2020  |  0 comments
This month we review: Jarv Is, Sparks, Kavus Torabi, and Throwing Muses.
Mike Barnes  |  Jul 03, 2020  |  0 comments
Fuzz, feedback and live shows ending in fisticuffs... this debut LP from two brothers from East Kilbride saw the pair meld their love of '60s girl groups with the sounds of the industrial movement to create uncompromising music with a melodic pop heart

The 1980s is often referred to as a classic era for pop music, but the musical landscape was changing, with suggestions that rock was becoming outdated – the derogatory term 'rockist' had recently entered the vernacular – and the happening thing now was the shiny new pop purveyed by bands such as ABC, The Associates and Depeche Mode.

Mike Barnes  |  Jun 29, 2020  |  0 comments
This month we review: Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets, Ms Amy Birks, The Lovely Eggs and Thundercat.

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