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< < Release Reviews on Manchester Music For May, 2005

Bringing you all the Release Reviews that matter since 1999

KINAPPED BY NEPTUNE
30 May 2005 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 15-Trk CD
:: Scout Niblett ::
The fourth long player outing from punka princess is as super Spartan and wildly eccentric as you’d expect from someone whose hobbies include wearing blonde wigs.

OUTLAW
30 May 2005 / One Little Indian / 12 Trk CD
:: Alabama3 ::
Could this be the album that pushes Alabama 3 to the next level ?

GREAT WHITE HOAX
30 May 2005 / 11 Trk CD :: Global Warming
:: Smother ::
Call to arms vocals fuelled by youth and brimming with neat swathes of guitar

COME SUNDAY
30 May 2005 / Storm / 1 Trk CD
:: Marshmallow ::
Intoxicating 60’s jangle, set around the theme of a hazy summer love song

ELEVATOR
30 May 2005 / Warner / 15 Trk CD
:: Hot Hot Heat ::
Hot Hot Heat seem content to rewind and relive the best days of Elvis Costello and his Attractions

GOD DOESN’T CARE
30 May 2005 / Universal / 14 Trk CD
:: Instruction ::
Watch out for sharp cuts like “Your Punk Sucks” and “Death To The Four Car Garage Band”

BABY I’M TIRED EP
30 May 2005 / 3 Trk CD
:: Si Connelly ::
uUdeniably pleasant twanging

LONG HAIR
30 May 2005 / Pias / 3 Trk CD
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Hang around for the Stereo MC’s mix and you’re rewarded with something altogether more upbeat and snappier

THE LAST SONG
30 May 2005 / Gut / 2 Trk CD
:: The Plant Life ::
A repetitive thump, with no visible signs of a hookline or chorus

HORRIBLE FACE
30 May 2005 / Wrath / 3 Trk CD
:: The Scaramanga Six ::
This band should be commissioned to write Brosnons next film score

STREETCAR
30 May 2005 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: Funeral For A Friend ::
Entertaining in a Vin Diesel block buster film sort of way

[WITH TEETH]
30 May 2005 / Universal / 15 Trk CD
:: Nine Inch Nails ::
The pure spectacle of successful but underground music, now proudly marching into the mainstream with a battering ram.

BEST OF YOU
30 May 2005 / SonyBMG / 1 Trk CD
:: Foo Fighters ::
Have Foo Fighters become contemporary mainstream ?

THE BUTCHER AND THE BUTTERFLY
30 May 2005 / One Little Indian / 16 Trk CD
:: Queen Adreena ::
The world has just about caught up.

GUILTLESS
30 May 2005 / Universal / 2 Trk CD
:: Martin Grech ::
Love the lavish, sombre, sobriety of Grechs heavy rock values

THE GIRL WHO FALLS DOWNSTAIRS
30 May 2005 / SonyBMG / 1 Trk CD :: BMG
:: Tom McRae ::
Satisfies Mum and Dads pining for the return of The Waterboys and Deacon Blue

TA DET LUGNT
30 May 2005 / Memphis Industries / 13 Trk CD
:: Dungen ::
This is, in a typically contradictory fashion, both accessible and off the wall

SHE'S GONE
30 May 2005 / Lakota (Columbia / Sony) / 7” Vinyl / Download
:: JJ72 ::
Forget “October Swimmer”, JJ72 have remembered how to rock

ALL OF OUR HANDS
30 May 2005 / 1 Trk CD
:: Joseph Arthur ::
Creeping infectiousness and a truly original perspective

PLEASE STAND UP
30 May 2005 / Rough Trade / 1 Trk CD
:: British Sea Power ::
Why does everything have do be retro these days?

YOU’RE SO GOOD
30 May 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD :: Vertigo / Mercury
:: Joy Zipper ::
Insidiously infects your subconscious

BELIEVE
30 May 2005 / Virgin (EMI) / 1 Trk CD
:: The Chemical Brothers ::
If it ain’t broke don’t fix it

MUSIC IS MY SILENCE
30 May 2005 / 10 Trk CD :: Rabble Rouser
:: Belinda O’Hooley ::
Provides music therapy for the elderly in Nursing Homes - true

HEARTBREAKER
30 May 2005 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: The Glitterati ::
As radio friendly as The Glitterati are going to get, without sounding like a re-run of “Use Your Illusion”

FIRST DAY
30 May 2005 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: Timo Maas ::
Molko’s adds an almost gothic, spine tingling hookline to the DJ's impressive outing

FEAR OF MUSIC E.P. - *MM Exclusive*
24 May 2005 / Blowout Records / 6-Trk CD
:: Fear Of Music ::
...sounds like a building crashing down with its chaotic hyperactivity...

THE ATOMIC WORLD OF TOMORROW
23 May 2005 / Storm / 10 Trk CD
:: David Wrench ::
A dip into Euro Synth and Depeche Mode territories is thrown a little off course at its cheesy intersections

NOT EVERYONE * joint record of the week *
23 May 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Nine Black Alps ::
Bigger, better, maybe faster, stronger. Louder

ATARAXIA EP
23 May 2005 / 4 Trk CD :: Boobytrap
:: The Maus-Maus ::
Strange, in your face oddball material, but which seems so bent on commercial acceptance.

OUTSIDE OUT
23 May 2005 / 3 Trk CD :: Club AC30
:: Televise ::
Simon Scott's etheral shoegazing is back - grow a floppy fringe

MANY THANKS FOR YOUR HONEST OPINION * hot pick *
23 May 2005 / 3 Trk 7” Vinyl :: Dance To The Radio
:: The Lodger ::
The Lodger – every home should have one..

FOREVER FAITHLESS - THE GREATEST HITS
23 May 2005 / SonyBMG / 16 Trk CD :: BMG
:: Faithless ::
A typical, but ultimately impressive, band retrospective

A CERTAIN TRIGGER
23 May 2005 / Warp / 13 Trk CD
:: Maximo Park ::
A North Eastern charm and grittiness seals the songs, but without the edgy, shimmering, brash music, all would be lost.

THE DRIVER * hot pick *
23 May 2005 / Akoustik Anarkhy / 2 Trk CD
:: Autokat ::
Electrically shocking doses of abbreviated genius

FEARLESS
23 May 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD :: Loog
:: The Bravery ::
Made Up ? Sell Out ? Who Cares ?

THE ATOM SPARK HOTEL
23 May 2005 / 10 Trk CD / 12” Vinyl :: Carnasie
:: Schizo Fun Addict ::
The sound of escaped lunatic drumming Sonic Youth songs, whilst dribbling a white liquid from the corner of their mouth

YOU’RE SPEAKING MY LANGUAGE
23 May 2005 / 12 Trk CD :: Hassle
:: Juliette & The Licks ::
Juliette Lewis generally treats the whole rock and roll thing seriously, with mixed results

ARMY OF ME REMIXES
23 May 2005 / One Little Indian / 20 Trk CD
:: Björk :: Various Artists ::
An excellent, careful selection of contributions guarantees that you don’t end up hearing “Army Of Me” 20 times

UP, UP, UP, UP
23 May 2005 / 2 Trk CD * former record of the week released *
:: Fleeing New York ::
FNY's impressive blow up gets formal release date

BE YOURSELF
23 May 2005 / Interscope / 1 Trk CD
:: Audioslave ::
A suffocating chorus and climatic, chomping riffs

GOODNIGHT GOODNIGHT
23 May 2005 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: Hot Hot Heat ::
Not a rock and roll revolution, but sounds champion down the disco

PEEL SESSIONS * joint record of the week *
23 May 2005 / One Little Indian / 4 Trk CD :: Swami
:: Hot Snakes ::
Rousing rock and roll in finest form.

MRS CRUFF
23 May 2005 / 12 Trk CD :: Ninjatune
:: Mr Scruff ::
From the first bleeps and pulses of 1995, this record is still essentially relevant now

DEMO 2
16 May 2005 / Demo / 4-Trk CD
:: Sayama ::
Sayama are either trying to conjure up a romantic air of mystery and surprise, or press duties were given to the hapless drummer to organise. Fortunately, the content of the humble CD-R does much to remind us how secondary all the other crap is...

EVER (FOREIGN FLAG)
16 May 2005 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: Team Sleep ::
Laid back, sleepy, keyboard laden version of Deftones playing a ballad

HELENA
16 May 2005 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: My Chemical Romance ::
Curious mix of old and new, so neatly taped together, you can’t see the join

HALFWAY IN LOVE
16 May 2005 / 3 Trk CD :: Fat Northerner
:: Rebbeca ::
Holds some real promise but needs to prove that this isn’t just another indie pop band

THE SPELL
16 May 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Leaves ::
Second time around, Leaves may truly well be sprouting

EYE OF THE STORM
16 May 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: VU Recordings
:: Visionary Underground ::
London collective delivers a catchy as hell, edgy melody on this curious hybrid anthem

HARMONY NO HARMONY
16 May 2005 / Xtra Mile Recordings / 14 Trk CD
:: Million Dead ::
A compelling and intelligent album, armed to the teeth and not afraid to fire off a few shots

KEEP YOUR GLOW OFF THE GRASS
16 May 2005 / Demo / 4-Trk CD
:: The Forgotten Cowboy ::
Dilbert’s abuse of technology may add to his very apparent charm, but for me it’s a distraction, behind this tongue and cheek mask hides a very capable songwriter and musician.

WE’RE THE YOUNG OFFENDERS *joint single / ep of the week*
16 May 2005 / F4 / Download ( & CD Format)
:: The Young Offenders Institute ::
Refreshingly back to basics, but brimming with simple, but exciting possibilities

TRACY CAINE
16 May 2005 / R & P Music / 4-Trk CD
:: Tracy Caine ::
Bland country ballads that offer little in the way of enjoyment where each song could perfectly score any low budget Aussie soap drama.

THE HANGMEN
16 May 2005 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: DirtBlonde ::
Sid & Nancy meets natural born killers Mickey and Mallory

FIND A SAFE PLACE
16 May 2005 / Demo / 1 Trk CD
:: Revere ::
The kind of Bohemian indie rattles that Hope Of The States had before they got signed

OTHER SIDE
16 May 2005 / One Little Indian / 1 Trk CD
:: Jen Gloeckner ::
Relaxing, seductive stuff from the talented Iowan

HEARTSTOPPER
16 May 2005 / Rough Trade / 4 Trk CD
:: Emiliana Torrini ::
The graceful vocals of Emiliana Torrini seem inseparably intwinded around another dose of her impeccable music

OVER FLY OVER
16 May 2005 / 12 Trk CD :: Caw
:: Kathryn Williams ::
Inclusion of Williams striking, alternative arrangements privide the most compelling moments

TWO FAT LOVERS
16 May 2005 / 3 Trk CD :: Shadrack & Duxbury Records
:: Vinny Peculiar ::
Wonderfuly irreverent, laced with pretty folk and sharp guitar jingles and bouncing melody

SUPERHORNY
16 May 2005 / Storm / 4 Trk CD
:: David Wrench ::
Wrench re-issues 2004 debut - like a ghost from the past it's hideously vivid

ON HOW THE ILLUSTRIOUS CAPTAIN MOON WON THE WAR FOR US
16 May 2005 / 8 Trk CD :: Snowstorm
:: Hookers Green No. 1 ::
A bit like Gerry Rafferty being fed through the mincer with Radiohead on drugs

DEMO *joint single / ep of the week*
16 May 2005 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: The Fountain ::
By a minute in Maria, the cornerstone of The Fountain, has developed the kind of mild snarl perfected by Leila "Duke Spirit" Moss - sultry, sexy, cool but don't mess, OK? As it carries on you know full well not to mess...

LOVE IS A DESERTER
16 May 2005 / Domino / 3 Trk CD
:: The Kills ::
Quite menacing without ever breaking into a sweat

CUTS ACROSS THE LAND * album of the week *
16 May 2005 / Universal / 5 Trk Album Sampler
:: The Duke Spirit ::
2005’s best female fronted new rock band? A truly exciting debut.

AFTER THE RUSH HOUR
09 May 2005 / Xtra Mile Recordings / 1 Trk CD
:: Million Dead ::
Like Johnny Marr playing heavy rock workouts

OHMWORK
09 May 2005 / Sanctuary / 10 Trk CD
:: G/Z/R ::
Heads down no nonsense stuff from Ozzys former Sabbath bandmate

IGNOTO
09 May 2005 / Universal / 12 Trk CD :: Fiction / Polydor
:: yourcodenameis:milo ::
A self assured debut, but musically it points to something even more exciting.

AXES
09 May 2005 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 13 Trk CD
:: Electrelane ::
Electrelane use their ability to build this album around many different, but connected ideas

LAND OF THE ROUGH
09 May 2005 / Beggars Banquet / 10 Trk CD
:: Dead Fly Buchowski ::
For the workers - For the people - all wrapped up in crushing displays of determination

BLACK EMPIRE
09 May 2005 / 12 Trk CD :: Escapi
:: Force Of Evil ::
Iron Maiden on full tilt, but without a chorus of any sort

BLINK THE BRIGHTEST
09 May 2005 / 4 Trk CD – Album Sampler
:: Tracy Bonham ::
So she’s American then

UNDERSTAND
09 May 2005 / 3 Trk CD :: Global Warming
:: Smother ::
Picks up where Kenesis left off but with a stronger voice, a sense of lush and spine tingling riffs

GIMME FICTION * runner up album of the week *
09 May 2005 / Matador Records / 11 Trk CD
:: Spoon ::
With such original arrangements and surefoot tunes, Spoon can’t lose

57 OCTAVES BELOW
09 May 2005 / 4 Trk CD :: ClubAC30
:: Air Formation ::
An exciting and inspiring modern rendition of shoe gazing

IN THE MORNING
09 May 2005 / Deltasonic / 1 Trk CD
:: The Coral ::
One of the finest original pop songs so far this year

HELLO...I’M JOHNNY CASH
09 May 2005 / One Little Indian / 1 Trk CD
:: Alabama3 ::
A curiosity of nonsense and a novelty at best, all played out in the big mans style.

WHEN I’M ALONE
09 May 2005 / Xtra Mile Recordings / 1 Trk CD
:: The Rifles ::
Leaves a craving for something rather different to this seasons range of emperors clothes.

LINDY
09 May 2005 / My Dad / 5 Trk CD
:: Lindy ::
For a relatively unknown artist, a short but stunning collection

PLEASE NOTE
09 May 2005 / 5 Trk CD :: Own Label
:: Dolores ::
Different, original and quite inspiring material.

BLEED LIKE ME
09 May 2005 / Warner / 13 Trk CD
:: Garbage ::
Garbage really are a hit machine who are really set up to using a pretty standard formula

EXITS * album of the week *
09 May 2005 / Universal / 10 Trk CD :: Poptones / Mercury / Vertigo
:: The Boxer Rebellion ::
A gothic intensity and charm and a swaggering, mighty, sense of atmosphere

RISE UP
09 May 2005 / 2 Trk CD plus remixes :: Runnin Riot Records
:: Raw Bud V. Roni Size Feat Sweetie Irie ::
Big simple chords meet Roni's deep, underground sounds

EXIBIT A
09 May 2005 / Universal / 12 Trk CD :: Temptation / Island
:: The Features ::
An entertaining and spikey cocktail of retro rock and bubbly, bouncy tunes

FIRE
09 May 2005 / 2 Trk CD :: Fifth Member / Red Flag
:: The Vitamins ::
Don’t think Detroit Cobras, think platform shoes, Bolan and a safety pin through the cheek.

SOLD
09 May 2005 / Download Track
:: The Suffrajets ::
Girlschool Vs. The Donnas ? Londons female rockers return via crashed buses and a babyshambles

A WAY BACK OUT OF HERE
09 May 2005 / 3 Trk CD
:: Marc Carroll ::
Often quoting and in fact quoted by, the great Dylan himself - Carrol precedes the release of his second album

DEMO
03 May 2005 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: The Switches ::
Looking at them I'm not sure The Switches do remember the 1990s though, aside from possibly primary school. To the point where criticising their efforts feels like kicking a kitten. Maybe I should be marking it in red biro instead?

DEMO
03 May 2005 / Demo / 4-Trk CD
:: The Ending Of . . . ::
The ending of what, exactly? It's a name that's as hard to pin down as their sound, which has plenty of familiar ingredients without being a blatant steal from any of them.

DEMO
03 May 2005 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: Temple ::
The first three words on one of the many bits of paper that fell out of this one: "West London's Nirvana". I'm steeling myself for something quite horrible, thus am more than pleasantly surprised...

DEMO
03 May 2005 / Demo / 2-Trk CD
:: Right Hand Left ::
Pastels-ish tunes and the occasional jangle recall the golden days of boys in anoraks and girls in ankle socks and overgrown fringes and sweets at gigs.

VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR
03 May 2005 / 1-Trk CD
:: Antonia ::
After four jugs of sangria and a snog from Fernando this rather limp slice of electropop might not actually sound like complete shite.

DANDELION EP
03 May 2005 / Demo / 4-Trk CD
:: Exit 52 ::
We’ve been trying to work out exactly when it was that the theremin stopped being inherently interesting in its own right...

NON CONTACT SPORTS
09 May 2005 / Soviet Union / 3-Trk CD
:: Thai Bride ::
I have no idea how prevalent is the pastime amongst young men of having a quick bout of self-gratification whilst watching ladies’ tennis, but I don’t recall there ever being a pop song about it before.

SOMEBODY ELSE
02 May 2005 / Demo / 1 Trk CD
:: Kubb ::
works around a crooning vocal, with fragments of glistening guitars

SOCIOLOGY VOL 1 : THE CURSE OF HINDSIGHT
02 May 2005 / 5 Trk CDR :: The Institute
:: Sociology ::
Already clever and it’s inevitably going to be big.

FATTY BOO Extnd Vers
02 May 2005 / BMG / SonyBMG / 1 Trk CD :: Sony : Cheeky
:: Faithless ::
Upcoming retrospective for 10 million record selling Faithless

UNCOVERED BY HEARTBEAT
02 May 2005 / 11 Trk CD :: Cargo
:: Cherubs ::
Spine tingling interludes of simple, but effectively executed guitar

OK COWBOY ALBUM SAMPLER
02 May 2005 / Pias / 5 Trk CD :: Citizen
:: Vitalic ::
Hints at something way beyond dance records

RUSH SONG
02 May 2005 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: A ::
A glorious return to form for the first-in-the-alphabet rockers

100 MPH
02 May 2005 / SonyBMG / 1 Trk CD :: BMG
:: El Presidente ::
Platform heeled pop, dusted with light melodies and the bluesy jangles of T Rex in a light mood.

THE CASSETTTE PLAYED POPTONES
02 May 2005 / Poptones / 11 Trk CD :: Mercury / Universal
:: Various Artists :: The Others :: Thee Unstrung :: Soho Dolls :: The Boxer Rebellion :: Pure Reason Revolution :: The Paddingtons :: The Glitterati :: Special Needs :: Echelon :: Kill City :: Mission Control ::
"Avoid the fashionable" is sometimes the best policy - there’s growing proof that many of the upcoming scene bands are in fact, crap

GRAFFITI
02 May 2005 / Warp / 2 Trk CD
:: Maximo Park ::
2005’s next biggest band release smasher

BEVERLY HILLS
02 May 2005 / Geffen / 1 Trk CD :: Universal
:: Weezer ::
The tongue in cheek nutty, dorky byline is far from the incisive alt.rock.pop of Weezers previous peaks

SUICIDAL
02 May 2005 / 3 Trk CD :: Radiotone / Tall Order
:: Big Strides ::
You won’t feel suicidal, but you could feel a self help group coming on

LOVE IS AN UNFAMILIAR NAME
02 May 2005 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: The Duke Spirit ::
A refined, more modern superchargd version of Patti Smith – powerful, commanding, smooth and automatically relevant

THE SUNSET TREE
02 May 2005 / 4 AD / 13 Trk CD
:: The Mountain Goats ::
Devastatingly understated and a must have record for the vocal / lyrical content alone - unmissable

YES!
02 May 2005 / 10 Trk CD :: Must Destroy, Atlantic
:: Do Me Bad Things ::
Whacky live putlook doesn’t seem to translate to the studio

BEAUTIFUL SON
02 May 2005 / One Little Indian / 2 Trk CD
:: Without Gravity ::
Even with an accessible tune and relaxed delivery, this is still quite oddly leftfield

BREAKDOWN
02 May 2005 / Geffen / Download Track
:: Instruction ::
Leviathan sized rock, pebble dashed with angst and widescreen ambition.

OLD WORLD UNDERGROUND, WHERE ARE YOU NOW?
02 May 2005 / 11 Trk CD :: Everloving
:: Metric ::
A spacious, refreshing and ultimately, courtesy of Emily Hanes crystal voice, melodious affair

JETSTREAM
02 May 2005 / London / 1 Trk CD
:: New Order ::
Most commercial cull from the album, but arguably it’s far from the best

DEMO - *RECORD OF THE WEEK*
02 May 2005 / Demo / 6-Trk CD
:: Stranger Son ::
“Maaaassssivvve Popppppcorrrrnnn!!!”...“What?”... Probably one of the most important bands you’ll hear this year.

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