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< < Release Reviews on Manchester Music For January, 2005

Bringing you all the Release Reviews that matter since 1999

MAGIC BOOMERANG
31 January 2005 / Indigo / 25-Trk 2xCD
:: Mark Burgess ::
Regular readers of ManchesterMusic should need little reminding of the brilliance and influence of The Chameleons, but in typically luckless fashion the band's reunion came and went rather quietly and with terrible timing.

FISHERMANS WOMAN
31 January 2005 / Rough Trade / 12 trk CD album
:: Emiliana Torrini ::
Difficult to think of anyone who has written about the ruthlessness of beautiful dreams that you can never stop dreaming.

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
31 January 2005 / Urbanite / 4 Trk 12” Vinyl
:: Tribeca ::
With this reinvigoration, Tribeca should deservedly get some attention

COLLOSSAL INSIGHT
31 January 2005 / 4 Trk 12 “ Vinyl :: Banana Clan / Big Dada
:: Roots Manuva ::
Smooth slice of hip / hop blends plenty of soul with some dead simple electro riffing

TWO OF THREE EP
31 January 2005 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Johnny Poindextor ::
Blending feedback with simple, menacing landscapes, orchestrated guitar crashes and thumping drums, pointing to progressive, lo-fi horizons

LIVE AT THE HOP
31 January 2005 / Eli Records / 8 Trk CD
:: Notsensibles ::
Notsensibles became a big name on the post-punk-cutely-ironic gig circuit with some key indie releases and an irreverant ode to Margaret Thatcher

12” / 80’s
31 January 2005 / 3 CD - 36 Track Collection :: Family Recordings
:: Various Artists ::
Beware punters trying to sustain Bowie style dances for more than 6 minutes....

BEATING HEART BABY
31 January 2005 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: Head Automatica ::
Rock without a terms of reference ? Who knows ..

WHAT MAKES A GIRL FIERCE
31 January 2005 / 4 Trk CD :: Red Flag / Horny Porny
:: Fierce Girl ::
Be better off, as free cover mount for NUTS or something else laddish

BLACK RAYS DEFENCE
31 January 2005 / Fantastic Plastic / 10 Trk CD
:: The Beat Up ::
Shields helps crumble all of this into a musical melee that pours in feedback, gargantuan bass lines and sonics on the audible edge of distorted

’64-‘95
31 January 2005 / XL / 10 Trk CD (Impotent Fury )
:: Lemon Jelly ::
An eclectic, although short, record with some massive, clever, moments

BLACKOUT
31 January 2005 / Beggars Banquet / 3 Trk CD
:: Dead Fly Buchowski ::
The sound of walls vibrating, the noise of glasses smashing in an orchestrated sonic brawl

THE OTHERS
31 January 2005 / Universal / 5 Trk Album Sampler :: Vertigo / Mercury / Poptones
:: The Others ::
The Others genuinely seem to have captured the lost moments of when British music was great and where London justifiably led the way

SONGS FROM THE CORNER OF A ROOM
31 January 2005 / 4 AD / 11 Trk CD :: Made In Wessex / Pop Fiction
:: Ben Gunstone ::
Gunstones softer moments rule, but for an instant he could have taken things to much greater heights

THIS IS ...TUNNG
31 January 2005 / 10 Trk CD :: Static Carvan
:: Tunng ::
Inspired stuff, probably of the ilk that would go down with a roar, in any harbour club house off the Scilly Isles.

BREATH OF LIFE
24 January 2005 / CDV Music / 12-Trk CD
:: Lisa-Lee Dark ::
Ok, so sometimes you just have to admit defeat. This is an opera album and this writer whose operatic knowledge barely exceeds Pavarotti singing at Italia 90 isn’t really up to the job.

I AM DISCO
24 January 2005 / Kitty Yo / 13-Trk CD
:: Rhythm King and Her Friends ::
Remember the Atari ST? Well this German offering seems to pay great homage to that era via the radical grrl politics of Le Tigre, Peaches etc.

USE
24 January 2005 / 2 trk CD :: Global Warming
:: Smother ::
For now, Smother are infinitely more relevant than their myriad contemporaries who make look like they have a purpose

HOME RECORDINGS
25 January 2005 / Demo / 2-Trk CD
:: Cognoscenti ::
I’ve been looking forward to hearing more from this lot since last year’s demo – not least because of its complete impossibility to pigeonhole in any simple terms. And this one doesn’t help at all.

SLEEPWALKER
25 January 2005 / Nefarious / 9-Trk CD
:: Magnus ::
I am wondering why anyone would want to play a tune on a selection of car alarms over an old Green Day record.

GO NOWHERE
25 January 2005 / Demo / 5-Trk CD
:: Nothing ::
“What are you listening to there?” “Nothing.” “I was only asking…” Well you’ve got to call your band something haven’t you…

ENEMY OF GOD
24 January 2005 / 12 Trk CD :: SPV
:: Kreator ::
Tantamount to listening to hammer drills whilst cutting off your genitals

ASHES
24 January 2005 / 8 Trk CD :: SPV
:: Tristania ::
Growl!, RROOOOOAAAR!, splinter!, thrash! etc etc.

PENNY & ME
21 January 2005 / 3 Trk CD :: Cooking Vinyl
:: Hanson ::
Exaggerated melodies and sunny Californian outlook, but inevitably its all meaningless stuff

ELECTRIC
24 January 2005 / Virgin (EMI) / 2 Trk CD
:: Melody Club ::
It’s not very original, but it’s a very nice pop song

SHADOWS
21 January 2005 / Albert Productions / 2 Trk CD
:: Breed77 ::
If this wasn’t a serious record I’d have a laugh. But it is and I really feel like crying instead

CASTING COUCH
24 January 2005 / Storm / 1 Trk CD
:: Marshmallow ::
Good, all – American indie sounds, set with crisp, nice haircut melodies.

THE SHOUTY TRACK
24 January 2005 / XL / 2 Trk CD (Impotent Fury )
:: Lemon Jelly ::
Set pieces of razor wire guitar, rattling inside the boxes created by LJ’s dance loops

EP
24 January 2005 / Rough Trade / 10 Trk CD
:: Fiery Furnaces ::
If Tim Burton has a top 10, then surely FF would be in it

WHERE’S THE CAPTAIN
24 January 2005 / Wrath / 3 Trk CD
:: Stuffy / The Fuses ::
They're The Fuses and He's Stuffy - more lo-fi pop gems

THE GIRL WHO FELL ASLEEP WHILST WATCHING HER LIFE FLASH BEFORE HER EYES
24 January 2005 / Wrath / 4 Trk CD
:: Being 747 ::
Being 747 have a habit of snarling back with some quite fierce material hidden within the lush strands of their fractured pop

WORLDS APART
24 January 2005 / Universal / 4 Trk Album Sampler (Interscope)
:: And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead ::
Provides a possible and deserved commercial break. Imagine that...The Dead on TOTP ?

BULLETS
24 January 2005 / 3 Trk CD :: Kitchenware / Absolute
:: Editors ::
Editors do capture a moment, but also have the song writing muscle and the for-real feel that makes a band great

WHAT A LOVELY DANCE
24 January 2005 / Rough Trade / 1 Trk CD
:: Hal ::
Hal must make sure they don’t trip over that fine (but dangerous) line between cabaret and Toploader

THE GREAT DESTROYER
24 January 2005 / Rough Trade / 13 Trk CD
:: Low ::
A subtle album that allows Low to make noise and retain their hushed persona all in one place - This CD could well be Lows High point

TAKE IT AWAY
24 January 2005 / Warner / 2 Trk CD
:: The Used ::
As ordinary as taking a trip to DFS and seeing all their sofas at once

DESTROY ROCK & ROLL
24 January 2005 / 5 Trk Remix CD :: Breastfed
:: Mylo ::
The kind of cyber-robo-disco stuff that they probably played in Berlin nightclubs in 1983.

BEFORE THE DAWN HEALS US * record of the week *
24 January 2005 / EMI / 15 Trk CD (Labels / Gooom)
:: M83 ::
Offering cinematic glimpses and sky tall perspectives, “Before The Dawns Heals Us” is yet more evidence that M83 can provide a long album packed full of gems

THE SECRET MIGRATION
24 January 2005 / V2 / 13 Trk CD
:: Mercury Rev ::
Brilliant return proves Mercury Rev don’t fit into any general scenes or movements, The Rev just have their own

I HOPE YOU’RE READY ASSHOLE / RETARDED
17 January 2005 / 5 Trk CD :: 1000 Watt
:: This Product ::
Another exciting prospect from the 1000 Watt stable

GAY LORRY DRIVER
17 January 2005 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Disco Students ::
Music for teenagers played by their Dads, themselves on the verge of their own threshold of grand parenting

EVIL * record of the week *
17 January 2005 / Matador Records / 3 Trk Enhanced CD
:: Interpol ::
Once the masses get bored with repackaged and reformatted Britpop, Interpol will be seen as perhaps one of the most relevant new bands in the last few years

TEMPLE OF SHADOWS
17 January 2005 / 12 Trk CD :: SPV
:: Angra ::
Permed rock that stuffs in miles of fretboard jiggling into 5 minutes of string swept, distorted and pounding sounds

ELECTRIC SUPERHIGHWAY
17 January 2005 / 12 Trk CD :: MI5
:: The Southern Electrics ::
Needs much sharper teeth and/or some compelling beauty, to make it a must, rather just another dreary offering

TOUCHPOOL
17 January 2005 / Melodic / 7 Trk CD
:: L Pierre ::
L Pierre digs the sound into a a spot with such fierce determination, that he must surely be scooping up industrial mounds of earth.

IN A FUNNY WAY
17 January 2005 / V2 / 1 Trk CD
:: Mercury Rev ::
Mecrury Revs return in 2005 could cook itself up into something quite special.

FUTURE'S BURNING
17 January 2005 / V2 / 20 Trk CD
:: Dead 60’s :: Various Artists :: The Libertines :: Hope Of The States :: Franz Ferdinand :: Razorlight :: The Zutons :: The Duke Spirit :: Bloc Party :: Sons And Daughters :: The Futureheads :: The Music :: Kaiser Chiefs :: The Departure :: The Coral :: The Ordinary Boys :: The Open :: Dogs Die In Hot Cars :: The 22-20’s :: The Others :: Goldie Lookin Chain ::
‘Nuff said – 20 great new bands from 2003/4 offer up a slice of their action

LACKEY
17 January 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD (Vertigo, Mercury)
:: The Others ::
In a sense, this leads its own revolution.

E TALKING
17 January 2005 / Pias / 1 Trk CD
:: Soulwax ::
Ladies an gentlemen, here's an anitidote to things like Rooster...

NEW GENERAL CATALOGUE
10 January 2005 / Drowned In Sound / 11-Trk CD
:: Redjetson ::
It’s these moments of lucid, ponderous calm where Redjetson excel rendering the listener in magnificent reverie.

INFLUENCE
05 January 2005 / Demo / 5-Trk CD
:: Everyday 50 ::
'Influence' is an entertaining listen but for what reasons is entirely the listener’s prerogative. There’s an assortment of ideas but they need more refinement...

REMEDY
05 January 2005 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: The Cut ::
With swathes of obsolete 80s new wave sounds, The Cut take influences such as Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet, and mould them into something distinctly average.

DEMO
05 January 2005 / Demo / 3-Trk
:: The Theory ::
It’s almost Christian rock, such is the inoffensiveness of what unfolds. Opening effort ‘Killing Time’ is an ode to a wasted day, and features some of the softest rocking moments this reviewer has heard since Creed and Toploader bit the bullet.

DANGEROUS DREAMS
04 January 2005 / Universal / 5 Trk Album Sampler
:: Moving Units ::
Sounds like the Yeahs Yeahs Yeahs screaming out of a fifth floor window of a burning building

PLASTIC POP
04 January 2005 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Burn The Mona Lisa ::
Cutting and well executed guitar work, where the atmospherics sit easily next to fresh, airy tune

OCEANS WIDE
04 January 2005 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Garron Frith ::
Another capable and clever song writer who can use solid instrumentation to bolster a solo effort

WAR KOALA
04 January 2005 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Crouch Mog ::
Crouch Mog have dished up four really compelling snapshots of potential. Well rounded stuff that with a budget could be in any kids shopping basket

STI
04 January 2005 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Pepadollz ::
Pepadollz have a strong agenda which they put right up front, but don’t shove it right in your face

THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST * record of the week*
04 January 2005 / EMI / 2 Trk CD
:: Iron Maiden ::
From the sultry intro, to the throat ripping chorus chants, this is the classic stuff of legends

CUTT OFF
04 January 2005 / BMG / SonyBMG / 1 Trk CD
:: Kasabian ::
Get those Xmas vouchers used up on Kasabian ! You’d be fool not to

SHOW ME WHAT LOVE IS
04 January 2005 / 3 Trk CD :: Full On
:: Puscha ::
Like a heroined out Bon Jovi in a box car full of bums

FOUR KICKS
04 January 2005 / SonyBMG / 2 Trk Enhanced CD (Hand Me Down)
:: Kings Of Leon ::
Depressing at worst and a sharp dressed bus ride round the same old block at its best.

WHEN YOU SLEEP / COMING DOWN
04 January 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: 14th Floor
:: Longview ::
“When You Sleep” is Rob McVey’s return to form

THRU THE GLASS
04 January 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD (Mercury)
:: Thirteen Senses ::
Soaring, wonderful tune that could be the bands deserved break for success for 2005

TKO
04 January 2005 / Universal / 2 Trk CD
:: Le Tigre ::
The blistering crazy Peaches Remix is mental enough to make this well worth investigating

BEST IN THE BUSINESS
04 January 2005 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: The KBC ::
More excellent material from the irrepressible ‘shores’ of Preston.

ODD LITTLE MOMENTS
04 January 2005 / 12 Trk Promo
:: Stickboy ::
Further, very real evidence that STICKBOY has something very special up his sleeves

NO REASON
04 January 2005 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: The V.C S ::
A sonic twisting, infectiously dark, throbbing rock and roll surfboard rumble - something which can’t be ignored

DEMO
03 January 2005 / Demo / 2-Trk CD
:: Napoleon IIIrd ::
Napoleon III reminds me of the type of oddball soloist sometimes booked as support by wilfully awkward indie types (you know who you are) to amuse and confound audiences.

DEMO
03 January 2005 / Demo / 5-Trk CD
:: La Haine ::
Long-coated Bunnymen guitars, commanding melodies and a general air of disaffection whose lineage stretches from early Factory via the Smiths to Interpol.

DO NOT BE AFRAID
03 January 2005 / Co-Pop / 10-Trk CD
:: Koala ::
If we're going to revive the 70s I'll have it Koala's way over Jet's or Kings Of Leon's any day of the week.

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