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< < Release Reviews on Manchester Music For June, 2004

Bringing you all the Release Reviews that matter since 1999

HOW SOON IS NOW? The Songs of The Smiths
28 June 2004 / Sore Point / 12-Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
Tributes to your and my favourites invariably come up smelling of manure. This time the new 'emo' crop take time out to massacre a few Smith's standards.

THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION
28 June 2004 / Sanctuary / 24 Trk Dble CD plus Bonus 14 Trk Live CD
:: Emerson Lake & Palmer ::
Emerson Lake & Palmer, are famously quoted as having considered inviting Jimi Hendrix to play with the band (H.E.L.P.),

EQUUS
28 June 2004 / 4 AD / 3 Trk Enhanced CD
:: Blonde Redhead ::
Glittering, full of spangled keyboards and the pulse of a delicate, but gutsy backing track

UPTOWN TOP RANKIN
28 June 2004 / Too Pure (Beggars) / 3 Trk CD
:: Scout Niblett ::
The guitar clanks in a bare, reverberated room whilst Scout trips out the vocals

WHY WON’T YOU TALK ABOUT IT
28 June 2004 / XL / 4 Trk CD
:: The Radio Dept. ::
The Radio Department have enough original material to emerge from the smoke and mirrors of Kevin Shields inspired sonics to stand on their own

THIS IS THE TOMB OF THE JUICE
28 June 2004 / 15 Trk CD :: Big Cat / Ignition
:: Republic Of Loose ::
Happy to steal from the altar of gospel and the darkest soul of the 70’s dancefloor - Republic Of Loose will soon be a familiar name

THE SONG RIDES EP
28 June 2004 / Must Destroy / 3 Trk CD
:: Do Me Bad Things ::
Too refined perhaps to make a lasting impression

ONoffON
28 June 2004 / Matador Records / 16 Trk CD
:: Mission Of Burma ::
It’s difficult not to recognise, appreciate and respect elements of Mission Of Burmas role in the development of modern US alt.rock

NO ROOTS
28 June 2004 / BMG / SonyBMG / 15 Trk Enhanced CD
:: Faithless ::
A pretty chilled affair. A matter of dignity more than anything else.

(WHAT A) COMEBACK / BRAVADO
28 June 2004 / 2 Trk CD :: Grid Records
:: Flannelmouth ::
Real Peel potential and enough power in the bass to draw you into it’s charming but sharp toothed sounds

STARING AT THE SUN
28 June 2004 / 4 AD / 3 Trk CD
:: TV On The Radio ::
This is the obvious stand out track from their album and for good reason too

FOUR HANDS EP
28 June 2004 / Matador Records / 3 Trk CD
:: Mission Of Burma ::
Fizzling distorted guitars and jangling after sounds, all set to the trademark melodic rants and thumping drum beats

UTOPIA
28 June 2004 / Storm / 3 Trk CD
:: The A.M. ::
Their experimentation and off the wall deliveries, mean they could be onto something, but as it stands, you will either like or loathe this offering.

PROOF
28 June 2004 / Echo (Universal) / 1 Trk CD
:: I Am Kloot ::
Flat capped Manc bohemia, a shuffling piece of acoustica, that deliberately refuses to move up a gear

RACECAR IS RACECAR BACKWARDS * record of the week *
28 June 2004 / 16 Trk CD :: Xtra Mile Recordings
:: Reuben ::
Hard charging, metal / EMO influenced songs that poke at Seattle’s ghost and embrace modern rock and roll sonic values

YOU’RE LOVELY TO ME
28 June 2004 / Skint / 1 Trk Promo
:: Lucky Jim ::
Acoustic set pieces, with gaps in the songwriting compensated for by big production

I COULD BE AN ANGLE
28 June 2004 / Universal / 2 Trk CD
:: The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster ::
Restrained, more slickly produced banquet of deep voiced vox set against a creepy backing track

SINGLE AGAIN / EVERGREEN
28 June 2004 / Rough Trade / 2 Trk CD
:: Fiery Furnaces ::
Not as oddball as they’d have you believe but none the less quite tasty.

HEAVEN SENT
21 June 2004 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: 13 Amp ::
The twangy bits work best

SWOLLEN BLEEDING
21 June 2004 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: The Vaccines (Punk band, mid 00s) ::
For all of its noisy, throbbing, damage inducing sounds, it’s the genuine article.

POLAROIDS
21 June 2004 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Sirens ::
Cassy, intelligent and disturbingly entertaining

I LOVE YOUR ROCK AND ROLL
21 June 2004 / Demo / 3 Trk CD
:: Revolver ::
Ballads that crunch into big seamless chords and progressions, even has bits which are more metal influenced

THE SOUNDINGS
21 June 2004 / Memphis Industries / 10 Trk CD
:: Blue States ::
Echoey vocal lines and melodies, that reminisce hazy, lazy, retro, furrowed eyebrow moments

TERRA DIABLO
21 June 2004 / Zuma / 12 Trk CD
:: Terra Diablo ::
If I was a major who passed on this, I’d kick myself up the arse. One of 2004’s best albums so far

MIND GAMES
21 June 2004 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Sara Hawley & The Bang Bang Club ::
You’ll be hearing more from Ms Hawley – we guarantee it

FALLING / SOMETHING NEW
21 June 2004 / Northern Ambition / 2 Trk CD
:: Pioneers ::
Worth getting your hands on, not least for the overwhelmingly convincing songs that will be imprinted onto the former Soviet Bloc acetate

THE JACKAL
21 June 2004 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: L Dopa ::
Brims with widescreen distortions, melodic punches - ref: Vines and Foo’s

FITS AND STARTS
15 June 2004 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: O Fracas ::
Hyperactive nuthouse rock from wonderful Leeds young things.

THE SLEEPING SONQZTQ
15 June 2004 / Too Many Fireworks / 11-Trk CD
:: Flying Matchstick Men ::
For the seasoned analogue bleep addict this could well be the finest record you’ll hear all year.

PAOLO DI CANIO
15 June 2004 / Demo / 2-Trk CD
:: Frank Is Dead ::
Have you heard of the Pink Fluffy Cloud Machine? No? Well they're back under another name with the same set of songs. Why? God knows.

Demo
21 June 2004 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: The Forest ::
The explosive capabilities of their music will take this developed, relatively unknown outfit, into influential territory and beyond

Demo *Record Of The Week*
21 June 2004 / Demo / 2 Trk CD
:: Fear Of Music ::
The start of something big - It’s astoundingly good.

THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS A JAGGY SNAKE
21 June 2004 / Beggars Banquet / 1 Trk Download
:: Biffy Clyro ::
Locked into the brilliance that makes Biffy every guitar kids underground heroes

DESPERATE YOUTH, BLOOD THIRSTY BABES
21 June 2004 / 4 AD / 9 Trk CD
:: TV On The Radio ::
The electro squeezebox mish-mashed loops and subtle things like saxophones is certainly something new

THE VIEW IS AMAZING
21 June 2004 / 6 Trk CD (Sore Point / Bravestar)
:: My Awesome Compilation ::
Twin throated harmonies and gravel fuelled shouts make up a pretty archetypal but still impressive sound

JUST WANT TO LIVE
21 June 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: The Open ::
A beautiful, moving, almost gloomy epic

OUT OF THE SUN
21 June 2004 / Universal / 3 Trk CD
:: Joy Zipper ::
A bit like getting a Roman Candle instead of a Chinese 4 pounder at the firework shop

DOWN
21 June 2004 / Geffen / 1 Trk CD
:: Blink 182 ::
A successful commercial exercise for your y'ed

THIRTEEN DAYS
21 June 2004 / Music For Nations / 1 Trk Promo
:: XisLOADED ::
A boisterous, infectious mix of cut back interludes and multi-layered sonic attack.

BOOKS
21 June 2004 / Rough Trade / 3 Trk CD
:: Belle And Sebastian ::
You can’t help admire its chirpy war of melodic attrition

BEDROOM TRASH
15 June 2004 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: Naked Lounge ::
No-oh-oh-oh-oh surprises but fun nonetheless.

DON’T WALK AWAY EILEEN
21 June 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk Promo
:: Sam Roberts ::
he’s Canadian and seems to like having a beard

DEATH SONG
21 June 2004 / Seriously Groovy / 4 Trk Enhanced CD
:: Jet Johnson ::
Inventive, influential, yet comfortingly, fractured ideas

DEMO
15 June 2004 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: Killer Angels ::
Meaty, beaty, big and bouncy and also a bit cheesy.

DEMO
15 June 2004 / Demo / 2-Trk CD
:: Alterkicks ::
Classic pop cut from a more eccentric staccato cloth that Gruff Super Furry would doubtless be happy to wear.

DEMO
15 June 2004 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: Random Bloke ::
Sturdy but pretty average Salfordian post-rock.

THREE TRACKS FOR WHORING
15 June 2004 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: Lachrymose One ::
Wonderfully eccentric acoustic soloist. Nick Drake meets Metal Machine Music.

INSECTS AND ENGINES
14 June 2004 / Blood Red Sounds / 10-Trk CD
:: Big Joan ::
The mashed up sounds of mental illness. A truly unapologetic din. Rather nice, actually.

WAVES ARE UNIVERSAL
07 June 2004 / 4 AD / 12-Trk CD
:: Rachel Goswell ::
Former Slowdive and Mojave 3 songstress in MOR folk debut.

QUICKBITES – OTHER RELEASES WEEKLY ROUNDUP 14.06.04
14 June 2004 / Various
:: Rooney :: Foolproof :: Kid Symphony. :: Maurice And Noble ::
Weekly roundup of other releases for week beginning the 14th July 2004

COVERED IN PUNK
14 June 2004 / Universal / 2 Trk CD
:: Portobella ::
Pistols riffs and the teenage female joy of Bow Wow Wow all nicely wrapped up for the disco

CRACKED * record of the week *
14 June 2004 / Integrity Records / 3 Trk CD
:: Meow Meow ::
A blistering, walking pace fizzpop of angular vibes and sultry female vocal works

EUSTON (YOU ARE THE GENERATION THAT BOUGHT SHOES AND YOU GOT WHAT YOU DESERVED)
14 June 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk CD (Vertigo / Mercury)
:: Johnny Boy ::
Lofty ambitions can only send Johnny Boy ever skyward with this fantastically ambitious tune that works

KIM WILDE
14 June 2004 / Double Dragon / 1 Trk CD
:: Charlotte Hatherley ::
A blissful mix of Muse, The Ruts, nods to the legendary Ms Wildes keyboard fuelled “Whoo Whoo”s

EDIBLE DARLING
14 June 2004 / 12 Trk CD :; Bardic
:: Ben Arthur ::
All very American and makes the perfect indie soundtrack to any segment in a Friends episode

SONGS OF PRAISE
14 June 2004 / XL / 12 Trk CD
:: The Golden Virgins ::
The debut album from Sunderlands THE GOLDEN VIRGINS really is a triumph - but it's not a bike.

THE BODY GAVE YOU EVERYTHING
14 June 2004 / 11 Trk CD :: Anti
:: Magnus ::
Like 1980's Grace Jones numbers subtly re-arranged by a spliffed out Herbie Hancock

THE SLOW WONDER
14 June 2004 / Matador Records / 11 Trk CD
:: A C Newman ::
An interesting, sometimes complex and accomplished album with appealing noises and off the wall ideas

MONA LISA
14 June 2004 / One Little Indian / 3 Trk CD
:: Jesse Malin ::
Difficult stuff to latch onto, all for want of more inectious tunes

GIVE IT BACK
14 June 2004 / One Little Indian / 3 Trk CD
:: Polly Paulusma ::
Convincing blend of the bits bits of Alanis Morrisette and Joan Baez

QUICKBITES – OTHER RELEASES WEEKLY ROUNDUP 07.06.04
07 June 2004 / Various
:: Velvet Revolver :: Emma :: The Quireboys ::
Weekly roundup of other releases for week beginning the 7th July 2004

BREAKING THE HABIT
07 June 2004 / Warner / 1 Trk CD
:: Linkin Park ::
Ancient history as the album “Meteora” was released in 1894, but none the less, here’s a track off it

STORIES / SUNSHINE
07 June 2004 / Universal / 2 Trk CD (Island)
:: The Holiday Plan ::
moving punky / rock and distant screams,killer punches and memorable anthemic headlines

SONIC NURSE
07 June 2004 / 10 Trk CD
:: Sonic Youth ::
Calls on all the best parts of their previous works, including “Goo” and “Evol”.

GOLDEN TOUCH
07 June 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk CD (vertigo)
:: Razorlight ::
Hit a bit of a jackpot with “Stumble & Fall” but this latest track from their debut album falls sadly short of the mark

LAURA
07 June 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk CD (polydor)
:: Scissor Sisters ::
The retro gaze of Ziggy Stardust, the disco pomp of Studio 54 and Roxy Musics saxophone

DREAMIN’
07 June 2004 / Pias / 5 Trk CD Promo
:: Amp Fiddler ::
Sparse, funky but stripped of any overblown production

BIG BRAT
07 June 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk Promo CD (Epic)
:: Phantom Planet ::
Roughly sawn twangy guitars going all out against the trashiest drums ever

MODERN APPRENTICE
07 June 2004 / Fantastic Plastic / 12 Trk CD
:: Ikara Colt ::
Retains the gritty arthouse outlook and the speaker splattering sonics of their debut with some smoother, cooler numbers thrown in

THE ART OF LIVE
07 June 2004 / Sanctuary / 14 Trk CD
:: Queensryche ::
Classic turn of 90’s hard rock, but it’s the urgency of “The Needle Lies” which gets things going

TEENAGE SCREAMERS
07 June 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk CD
:: Tokyo Dragons ::
A precious fossil from the time of split knee, skin tight jeans, badly permed hair and exciting but none the less average tunes

ETHER RADIO
07 June 2004 / Universal / 1 Trk Promo
:: Chikinki ::
Chikinki walk a fine line between dirty cabaret and the chic of alt.indie

SATELLITES *record of the week*
07 June 2004 / 1 Trk CD :: Zuma
:: Terra Diablo ::
Everything you ever wanted and more. Great sweeping melodies and grinding guitars are carefully produced to a lush, but still incendiary temperature

WAY OFF THE MARK
07 June 2004 / 3 Trk CD :: Complete Control
:: Nikolai ::
Complete Control

I DO
01 June 2004 / Demo / 3-Trk CD
:: Steller ::
While it sounds suspiciously like the Bluetones as several other hundred bands do, it does at least possess an intermittently shiny vibe and some catchy if rather ordinary refrains.

DEMO
01 June 2004 / Demo / 2-Trk CD
:: The Suzuki Method ::
Besides an aggressive alternative metal undercurrent it’s quite hard to pinpoint the origins of Suzuki Method.

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