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< < Release Reviews on Manchester Music For March, 2007

Bringing you all the Release Reviews that matter since 1999

TAKE TO THE SKIES * album of the month *
26 March 2007 / Ambush Reality / 11 Trk CD
:: Enter Shikari ::
There’s every possibility that this has the makings of a classic album

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 26/03/2007
26 March 2007 / Various Formats
:: Kings Of Leon :: Thirteen Senses :: Mathew Herbert :: Busy P :: Six Nation State :: Screaming Mimi :: Cobra Starship :: Ibrahim Ferrer :: Mad Staring Eyes :: Mark Knight ::
Summary and review of other interesting major releases w/c 26/03/07

HIDDEN FORTRESS * demo of the week *
26 March 2007 / We Hate You / MySpace / Album Download
:: The Forest ::
One of the most important home grown records of the year

ACOUSTIC 07
26 March 2007 / V2 / 38 Trk 2xCD
:: Various Artists ::
What’s not to like on this formidable collection of singer / songwriter fare?

PRINCESS ALICE AND THE BROKEN ARROW
26 March 2007 / SPV / 11 Trk CD
:: Magnum ::
It's 19 years since they first broke into the charts and they're back !

DART FOR MY SWEETHEART (re-release)
26 March 2007 / Domino / 3 Trk CD
:: Archie Bronson Outfit ::
Almost suffocating guitar twangs burn along with swaggering vocal hooks and a barbed wire sharp sense of fun

BATTLE HYMNS FOR A NEW REPUBLIC * album of the week *
26 March 2007 / One Little Indian / 11 Trk CD
:: Plate Six ::
Songs shaking with a violent twitch, which like a junkies next fix, are impossible to resist

HOLD ON * recommended *
26 March 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: The Ambersons (The Magnificent Ambersons) ::
More gripping pop songs from the Magnificent Ambersons..

GIRL I USED TO KNOW
26 March 2007 / Dangerous / 3 Trk CD
:: The Needles ::
The Needles explosive pop narrows the gap between pub rock and punk

NOTHING TO BE DONE
26 March 2007 / EMI / 2 Trk CD
:: Love Is All ::
Ace, sonic splashes from the Swede indie rockers

BRETT ANDERSON
26 March 2007 / Drowned In Sound / 11 Trk CD
:: Brett Anderson ::
In the past I’ve hidden behind characterisation and vignettes..

10x10:03 - SPLIT EP
26 March 2007 / De-Fence / 4 Trk 10" Vinyl + CD Pack
:: Viva Stereo :: Con Brio ::
Four refreshing, ethereal tracks from two distinctly talented outfits.

THIS MUST BE LOVE
26 March 2007 / V2 / 1 Trk CD
:: Little Man Tate ::
Little Man Tate fail to exploit the fact that they're (1) indie (2) from Yorkshire (3)Dress at Top Man

CHARMING THE FLAMES
26 March 2007 / Warner / 2 Trk 7” Vinyl + Free Digital Download
:: Fields ::
Fields rampant shoegazing is even more compelling

UNDERSTAND
26 March 2007 / V2 / 1 Trk CD
:: yourcodenameis:milo ::
YCNI:M are poised for something far bigger than ever

TEN NEW MESSAGES
26 March 2007 / V2 / 10 Trk CD
:: The Rakes ::
The Rakes it seems, may just have come of age.

A STAR IS BORN
26 March 2007 / V2 / 4 Trk CD
:: Amusement Parks On Fire ::
Michael Feerick's outfit produce another storming EP

JUST A THOUGHT
26 March 2007 / Pias / 2 Trk CD
:: Michael Andrews ::
Famous for reworking Mad World, Andrews comes up with his own stuff ...

SPENCER PERCEVAL * single of the week *
26 March 2007 / Beggars Banquet / 2 Trk CD
:: I Like Trains ::
Astounding stuff from one of the most original bands in Britain right now.

NOT ENOUGH NIGHT
26 March 2007 / 30:30 Recordings / 12 Trk CD
:: Kubichek ::
Delivers everything they’ve promised so far

THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK
26 March 2007 / Brille / 14 Trk CD
:: Good Shoes ::
Debut begins to show exactly what this band could be capable off

LOST YOUTH * recommended *
26 March 2007 / White Label / MySpace Stream
:: Performance ::
The first of their generation and still the best electronica outfit in town

THIRTEEN TALES OF LOVE AND REVENGE
26 March 2007 / Lizard King / 13 Trk CD
:: The Pierces ::
Includes what possibly may be someone imitating a trumpet sound by pursing their lips

THIS STONE IS A BULLET
26 March 2007 / Download / 7” Vinyl
:: Dogs ::
Don't spit the dog..

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 19/03/2007
19 March 2007 / Various Formats
:: Cortney Tidwell :: The Horrors :: The Answer :: Vibration White Finger :: El-P :: Chariots :: Balor Nights :: Phinius Gage :: J Dilla ::
Summary and review of other interesting major releases w/c 19/03/07

FLOOR FILLERS ANTHEMS
19 March 2007 / Universal / 63 Trk 3xCD
:: Various Artists ::
None of that megamix nonsense making it perfect for parties...

NEXT 2 YOU
19 March 2007 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: Buckcherry ::
Even people with scores of tattoos and the capacity for all sorts of toxic appetites still trundle down the MOR route

SPEAKERS AND TWEETERS
19 March 2007 / Sunday Best / 13 Trk CD
:: Dub Pistols ::
Intelligent mashes and reworkings of killer tunes with some every special guests on board.

A BEAUTIFUL LIE
19 March 2007 / Virgin (EMI) / 10 Trk CD
:: 30 Seconds To Mars ::
Elevates 30 Seconds as challengers to other premier corporate American rock bands

STRANGE FORM OF LIFE
19 March 2007 / Domino / 4 Trk Enhanced CD
:: Bonnie "Prince" Billy ::
Beautiful. Haunting. Delicate.

MINUS TEN
19 March 2007 / Pias / Wall Of Sound / 3 Trk CD
:: Iain Archer ::
Archer basks in the shimmer of guitars and harmonies.

LONELY HEARTS
19 March 2007 / !K7 / 3 Trk CD
:: Joakim ::
Taken from Joakim’s impressive album “Monsters & Silly Songs”

TONGUES
19 March 2007 / Domino / 10 Trk CD
:: Kieran Hebden And Steve Read ::
In truth not an easily digestible CD but still spellbinding at times

WIDE AWAKE
19 March 2007 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: The Twang ::
Brumsters The Twang are possibly the next hot thing

SOLTA O FRANGO
19 March 2007 / Domino / 4 Trk CD
:: Bonde Do Role ::
Brazillian minimalist beats with strange rapping..

IF IT AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN NOW * recommended *
19 March 2007 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Onions ::
Something akin to XTC working their way through Brian Wilson songs

LONG TIME LATER *recommended *
19 March 2007 / White Label / 2 Trk CD
:: Rachael Kichenside ::
Refreshing slices of solid semi-unplugged ethereal acoustica.

OF NATIONAL IMPORTANCE
19 March 2007 / FC Records / 2 Trk CD
:: This Et Al ::
This Et Al are very good at fireworks

LONG LIVE THE RIPPS
19 March 2007 / Catskills / 12 Trk CD
:: The Ripps ::
The Ripps guitars sound like shopping trolleys racing down a cobbled street

IDIOT CHECK * joint single of the week *
19 March 2007 / Melodic / 4 Trk CD
:: The Longcut ::
Formidably tight and shaking with a pre-explosive tension, The Longcut are very much still with us..

THE MIRIMAR DISASTER
19 March 2007 / Undergroove / 9 Trk CD
:: The Mirimar Disaster ::
Sheffield’s Mirimar Disaster are a swirling chaotic mash of progressive new rock

DEAD AGAIN
19 March 2007 / SPV / 10 Trk CD
:: Type O Negative ::
Steele and his cohorts deliver a heavy theme with plenty of deathly set pieces

OUR VELOCITY
19 March 2007 / Warp / 1 Trk 10” Vinyl
:: Maximo Park ::
Maximo Park are a band of the moment with a cast iron future

THE DEEP BLUE
19 March 2007 / 12 Trk CD
:: Charlotte Hatherley ::
It's pretty evident that a great deal of thought has gone into this searching solo effort

HERE COME THE WATERWORKS
19 March 2007 / Hydra Head Records / 8 Trk CD
:: Big Business ::
Live Drums and Bass duo sound nothing like DFA 1979

SKIN DEEP
19 March 2007 / G/L/A/Z/E Records / 1 Trk CD
:: Five O'clock Heroes ::
Five O’Clock Heroes can be a bit hit and miss fortunately they keep the miss on the b-side and come up trumps with the A..

PARTISAN / CRYING SHAME : SPLIT CD SINGLE * recommended *
19 March 2007 / Sweet Records / 2 Trk CD
:: Blackflower :: Minotaurs ::
Two hot slices to warm up your winter from up in the North East

ACCEPTABLE IN THE 80’S
19 March 2007 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Calvin Harris ::
Harris nudges his record dangerously to the borders of novelty

MONDAY’S THE QUIET LIFE *demo of the week *
19 March 2007 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Bye Bye Johnny ::
Bye Bye Johnny say hello with a knockout, top of the indie league EP

TURN THE LIGHTS OUT * album of the week *
19 March 2007 / Matador Records / 12 Trk CD
:: The Ponys ::
A wigged out infection of gloomy, but horribly exciting rock and roll

THE GET OUT CLAUSE
19 March 2007 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Jupiter Sands ::
Jupiter' are tugging their ideas strongly behind them

HEREBY NO ONE * recommended *
19 March 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Carlis Star ::
If we’re looking for something different to champion in 2007 then this might just be it.

WHAT IFS & MAYBES * joint single of the week *
19 March 2007 / Marquis Cha Cha / 1 Trk CD
:: Bromhead's Jacket ::
Bromheads Jacket have threatened to get sharper

NEON BIBLE
12 March 2007 / Sonovox / 11 Trk CD
:: Arcade Fire ::
Mesmerising return but it’s the more upbeat tunes that strike home

NO WAY BACK
12 March 2007 / White Label / SXSW Sampler CD
:: Waxplanet ::
New tune, tickets, geetar! - Waxplanet sing-a-song-for-SxSW

LOVE IS DEAD
12 March 2007 / Drowned In Sound / 1 Trk CD
:: Brett Anderson ::
Was Brett the Matt Monroe of '93?

TO THE EAST
12 March 2007 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 2 Trk CD
:: Electrelane ::
A long awaited return from Electrelane..well not that long actually

LADDERS * recommended *
12 March 2007 / Yellow Noise / 2 Trk CD
:: Love Ends Disaster ::
Spectacular stuff from Love Ends

GHOSTS
12 March 2007 / Fierce Panda / 2 Trk CD
:: The Hair ::
Jab your guitar and yelp like a skinny young whippersnapper

COLD HEARTED BUSINESS * recommended *
12 March 2007 / Shatterproof / 1 Trk CD
:: Polytechnic ::
Polytechnic drive out some more wild top 30 anti-pop

I HATE NIGHTCLUBS * single of the week *
12 March 2007 / Abeano (Beggars) / 1 Trk CD
:: I Was A Cub Scout ::
Curious bedroom EMO fuelled by Casio keyboards

WE DANCED TOGETHER
12 March 2007 / V2 / 3 Trk CD
:: The Rakes ::
Second album better than first ? - shock tactics from The Rakes

NEVER MEANT TO HURT YOU
12 March 2007 / Brille / 5 Trk CD
:: Good Shoes ::
If music was jelly . .

PUDDLE CITY RACING LIGHTS
12 March 2007 / Melodic / 12 Trk CD
:: Windmill ::
Windmill has all the makings of something rather gignatic indeed

THE SECRETS EP
12 March 2007 / Too Nice Recordings / 4 Trk CD
:: Vib-Gyor ::
Capable progress from the guys with big guitars

CUTS & LIES
12 March 2007 / V2 / 4 Trk CD
:: Acoustic Ladyland ::
The 'Ladies are back with lounge moulding, chill-out grooves rubbed over distorted, hovering vocals

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO PONCHO VILLA?
12 March 2007 / White Label / 5 Trk CD
:: Minnesota Fats ::
Minnesota Fats avoid the flat and gunsling a bright future

DISNEYLAND
12 March 2007 / Hot Hot Disco / 4 Trk CD
:: Shakes ::
Hugely unoriginal but horribly infectious.

FRIEND OPPORTUNITY
12 March 2007 / ATP Recordings / 10 Trk CD
:: Deerhoof ::
Alternative, shattered lo/hi-fi prog at its best.

GOLD FROM LEAD
12 March 2007 / Faith & Hope / 2 Trk CD
:: Buen Chico ::
Buen Chico appear to have never tasted the delights of a fuzz pedal - the results are good

THE DANCE OF DEATH
12 March 2007 / Wrath / 10 Trk CD
:: The Scaramanga Six ::
Devillish tunes from the other side of the moors

ROCKET * recommended *
12 March 2007 / Melodic / 4 Trk CD
:: Working For A Nuclear Free City ::
WFANFC provide more anthemic, mellow sci-fi romps through their vast thematic landscapes..

WOOZY WITH CIDER
12 March 2007 / Domino / 7 Trk Remix CD
:: James Yorkston (Solo / and The Athletes) ::
Compelling electronica storytelling

COME ON
12 March 2007 / I Hear Voices / 2 Trk CD
:: Jackson Analogue ::
Jackson Analogue are spearheading a movement

THE WEEKLY ROUNDUP :: Other Releases W/C 05/03/2007
05 March 2007 / Various
:: New Young Pony Club :: Maccabees :: Alexisonfire :: Patrick Wolf :: The Kaiser Chiefs :: Capdown :: Cancer Bats :: The Black Keys :: Soulsavers :: Captain Phoenix :: Rose Hill Drive :: Nelly Furtado :: Paolo Nutini ::
Summary and review of other interesting major releases w/c 05/03/07

HIT & HOPE * joint album of the week *
05 March 2007 / Hackpen Records / 12 Trk CD
:: Ormondroyd ::
Ormondroyd are very much at the head of their game

SATURDAY SUPERHOUSE * recommended *
05 March 2007 / 14th Floor Records / 1 Trk CD / Download
:: Biffy Clyro ::
A delightfully powerful interlude before Biffy unleash the all important fourth album.

LATE NIGHT SHOPPING * joint album of the week *
05 March 2007 / Akoustik Anarkhy / 11 Trk CD
:: Autokat ::
A DIY album where the results are entirely convincing.

BUY ME NEW SHOES
05 March 2007 / 11 Trk CD
:: Buswell ::
Buswell is good on his folkier moments but he does need a lot more focus

FEAR OF THE REDHEADS * EP of the week *
05 March 2007 / Northern HooDoo / 6 Trk CD
:: The Vipers ::
As fresh and exciting as fuck...be warned

HANDS AND ARROWS
05 March 2007 / Dance To The Radio / 2 Trk CD
:: Sometree ::
German imports smuggled in via Leeds label ?

SHE STARTS MONDAY * recommended *
05 March 2007 / This Is Fake DIY Records / 2 Trk CD
:: goFASTER>> ::
More than a thread to the bands ingenuity and musical pulling power

THE THIRD HAND
05 March 2007 / XL / 15 Trk CD
:: RJD2 ::
Riddled with pop, enigmatic melodies and light bubbly arrangements

ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN IN THE NEXT HALF HOUR * single of the week *
05 March 2007 / 1 Trk CD / Download
:: Enter Shikari ::
Full of mountainous peaks and searching ethereal synth and guitar interludes

SIX SECONDS * recommended *
05 March 2007 / Something In Construction / 2 Trk CD
:: Snowfight In The City Centre ::
Snowfight just keep coming up with the tunes

THE DUKE
05 March 2007 / Wanderlust Records / 1 Trk CD
:: The Butterfly ::
One of about six different versions of New Order’s “Blue Monday”

A TALE OF TWO CITIES
05 March 2007 / Universal / 12 Trk CD
:: Mr Hudson & The Library ::
A slow burner but one that may well earn its way into your heart

NIGHTJOY
05 March 2007 / 30:30 Recordings / 3 Trk Enhanced CD
:: Kubichek ::
A superb insight into the bands sure to be incredible debut album.

GO HOME
05 March 2007 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: RedMojo ::
Dedicated rock with powerful dynamics keeps the mojo working

FOUR WATER
05 March 2007 / Humble Soul / 3 Trk CD Sampler
:: Denis Jones ::
Skelmersdale has its first star.

BAD MEDICINE
05 March 2007 / Humble Soul / 3 Trk CD
:: Liz Green ::
Green is championing a bluegrass flavour that’s rare on the current scene

MARIOLAS * Recommended *
05 March 2007 / White Label / 4 Trk CD
:: Fraction ::
Marks the bands return to form

PUT YOUR TITLE HERE * recommended *
05 March 2007 / Medical Records / 4 Trk CD
:: WhiskyCats ::
Certainly one of the most original blends of music you’ll find right now

POP IS..
05 March 2007 / Faith & Hope / 16 Trk CD + 8 Trk DVD
:: Mint Royale ::
Mint Royale have a much bigger catalogue than most people would warrant them

A HAND FULL OF HURRICANES
05 March 2007 / One Little Indian / 11 Trk CD
:: Rose Kemp ::
Ambitious and rewarding stuff throughout from the folk progeny

LOCO
05 March 2007 / Catskills / 2 Trk CD
:: The Ripps ::
These young scamps obviously love the Pixies but dnacng over the grave of Two Tone is a bit of a sin

GLITTER IN THE GUTTER
05 March 2007 / One Little Indian / 13 Trk CD
:: Jesse Malin ::
Malin has a range and a style that does age or tire.

THE INNER SANCTUM
05 March 2007 / SPV / 10 Trk CD
:: Saxon ::
Makes the traditional British metal format interesting again

ALL ABOUT THIS
05 March 2007 / Tough Love / 2 Trk CD + Download
:: Disco Drive ::
Upteenth generation copy of the original p-funk template

PEACOCK
05 March 2007 / Little Bird Recordings / 2 Trk CD
:: Band(ism) ::
An outing that could take the far out Band(ism) very far indeed.

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