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QUIXOTIC
28 July 2003 / Independiente / 13 Trk CD
:: Martina Topley-Bird ::
The perfect balance has been struck, giving it an enviable cohesiveness and consistency and leaving the way clear for the songs and that voice to make it a resounding triumph

SAD SONGS REMIND ME – THE EMO DIARIES CHAPTER 9
28 July 2003 / Deep Elm / 12 Trk CD
:: Various Artists ::
This is music of beauty, melody, slow caresses, patience and gravitas. A near-flawless collection.

UNRELEASED 2
28 July 2003 / Deep Elm / 10 Track Album
:: Various Artists ::
Another Deep Elm collection and another healthy dose of heartbreak and surprises

BAD ATTITUDE
28 July 2003 / Demo / 2 Trk Cd
:: Concrete Penguin ::
A tendency to take the crudest and most obvious elements from each furrow, simply weld them together and then hope that the fusion itself is an adequate selling point

RESPECT, HONESTY AND LOST WEEKENDS
28 July 2003 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Mary Wanna Smile ::
Essentially, a box of rusty old paperclips with the golden glimmer of a sharp new pin inside

BRAIN DRAIN
28 July 2003 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: Crowbar Smile ::
Schizophrenic in the utmost sense, it leaves Korn sounding pretty linear by comparison

THE HALF CHAPTER
21 July 2003 / 10 Trk CD :: Wildstar
:: Clarkesville ::
Sympathy for Clarke rapidly dissipates into annoyance, and from there it’s a relatively short slide into violent rage

PHANTOM POWER
21 July 2003 / SonyBMG / 14 Trk CD
:: Super Furry Animals ::
The sixth album from SFA deserves top marks just for “Golden Retriever” and its accompanying video

MUSIC IN MOUTH
21 July 2003 / Universal / 12 Trk CD (Island)
:: BellX1 ::
A rather special album and a collection thats worth exploring and nurturing

TELL ME
21 July 2003 / Various Formats (Japanese Ltd Edition 5 Trk CD Import) : (Radiate)
:: Haven ::
Rips and tears out of Havens very soul, their penchant for cutting guitars, thrusting bass lines and pounding drums

ROCK AND ROLL
21 July 2003 / 3 Trk CD (Memphis Industries)
:: Fort Lauderdale ::
It’s a fantastically fashionable / unfashionable slice of thrusting rawk that manages to own a four for the floor snare and enough crunching guitars to send the latest imports scuttling off to NYC

BILLY JACK/SEXUALISED
18 July 2003 / Rough Trade / 3 Trk CD
:: Relaxed Muscle ::
Glorious, part Kenny Rogers/Johnny Cash revenge ballad with a dash of Nick Cave’s Murder fantasies on the atonal ‘Die die die’ crescendo

ALONE AGAIN OR
18 July 2003 / City Slang / 4 Trk CD
:: Calexico ::
Typical Calexico, timpani drums adding dramatic rumbles over a dusty tale of hard-bitten life along the Mexican border

DEMO
18 July 2003 / Demo / 6 Trk CD
:: Allerjen ::
Two parts Urmston and one part Withington, the artists formerly known as Sphere play a curious mix taking parts from different areas of contemporary heavy music

MASS DISTRACTION
18 July 2003 / Universal / CD Album
:: Span ::
They evidently have a penchant for bad titles as ‘Mass Distraction’ is the type of moniker that should be dragged from Baghdad Museum and lynched by vigilantes. Nevertheless, the music here-in is not of such poor quality

BING-BONG-BING
17 July 2003 / Demo / 6 Trk CDR
:: Ormondroyd ::
This chronicle of Ormondroyd’s story so far is an absolute gem - a synthesis of graceful elegies cocooned in naïve, childlike simplicity; of smoothed sophistication; of insecure, frayed edges.

CHELSEA / BORDERLINE
15 July 2003 / 2 Trk Cd
:: Hiem ::
Recalls so many working class spoken word love stories set to music. The pulsating electronics aren’t just a scene setting, ambient backdrop to the tome, they are pure Sheffield.. let’s not forget that they invented ElectroClash

ONE LIE FITS ALL
14 July 2003 / Taste / 11 Trk Cd (enhanced)
:: One Minute Silence ::
A very listenable album, but sadly not one that encourages the use of rewind button or one that embeds itself in your memory

PSYCHID
14 July 2003 / 10 Trk CD (Db Records)
:: Psychid ::
A bit of a trial but in places one worth standing in the dock for

ONE SIDE OUT MY HEAD
14 July 2003 / Rawfish / 3 Trk CD
:: Remote ::
Remotes latest on Rawfish provides a welcome sparkle to their complicated indie form

GOLDEN RETRIEVER
14 July 2003 / SonyBMG / 1 Trk Promo CD
:: Super Furry Animals ::
Lazy, melodic, double tracked vocals sit atop layered acoustics, choral sections and a fuzzy guitar

MAYBE TOMORROW
14 July 2003 / V2 / 3 Trk Cd
:: Stereophonics ::
Ironic then that a band who have travelled such a parallel course, overcoming the same obstacles, should produce this malingering ballad

FALLEN ANGEL
14 July 2003 / V2 / 3 Trk Cd
:: Elbow ::
There’s still an earthy grind to the Mancunian five piece, who refreshingly can still make appealing but suitably off kilter tunes.

TONGUE
14 July 2003 / Universal / 1 Trk CD (Island)
:: BellX1 ::
After the quite impressive “White Water Sing” , Bell X1 come up good with this song, which drops quiet dramatically in tempo and volume halfway, before crashing back in with the songs trademark guitar Vs. Key hookline

CLEVER KICKS
14 July 2003 / Universal / 1 Trk Promo (Polydor)
:: The Hiss ::
Big horns, rasping vocals and a chic punk ethic all add up to a contemporary stab at pop stardom these days

FIFTEEN
14 July 2003 / 3 Trk CD (Redflag Records)
:: Ten Speed Racer ::
Bleak tenderness makes a worthwhile listen

THE FIRST WORD IS THE HARDEST
14 July 2003 / 3 Trk CD (Crystal Songs)
:: Four Day Hombre ::
Gargantuan passion and dense atmospherics are intricately layered with harmonies and a very special vocal, which has an impeccable upper range

YOUTH AND YOUNG MANHOOD
14 July 2003 / 11 Trk CD (Hand Me Down Records)
:: Kings Of Leon ::
Snappy, energised lo-fi twang of tweed amps and classic guitars accompanied by Droopy on Vocals

MERCURY
14 July 2003 / Promo / 12 Trk CD
:: Longview ::
A collection of a dozen well produced, fairly touching, but seemingly ordinary songs

PERMISSION TO LAND
14 July 2003 / Chrysalis / EMI / 10 Trk CD (Atlantic)
:: The Darkness ::
The Darkness render pure versions of late 70’s (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) rock.

GEEKING DREAM (CENTER OF THE WORLD)
12 July 2003 / Promo / 25 Trk CD
:: The Strap Ons (USA) ::
At best reminiscent of a vagrant’s Black Flag, there may be 25 tracks but you need not listen past the first as believe me, there ain’t no change.

DONNIE
08 July 2003 / Promo / 3 Trk CD (Seriously Groovy)
:: Jet Johnson ::
Debut single from a super-group of sorts, comprising vocalist/bassist Caroline Nesbo, formerly of Peacefuzz, husband and guitarist Gavin Baker, of Billy Mahonie and drummer Kevin Smith, also of Reynolds

CHOOZA LOOZA
08 July 2003 / Promo / 3 Trk CD (Telstar)
:: Maria Willson ::
This is Avril Tap. Every conceivable nu-girl rock cliché is trotted out

DEMO
03 July 2003 / Demo / 9 Trk CD
:: When Animals Attack ::
Debut self produced long player has plenty of bite and excels easily

MINE
02 July 2003 / EMI / 1 Trk Promo
:: Taproot ::
A firm cult favourite with pop metal aficionados whilst remaining something of a mystery to nouveau rockers in the UK.

DEMO
02 July 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk Demo
:: The Unknown ::
Not pushing boundaries but churning out some rather hypnotic music

PEDRO
02 July 2003 / Melodic / 9 Trk CD (Melodic)
:: Pedro ::
The musical equivalent of an abstract painting

IF YOU C JORDAN
02 July 2003 / Universal / 1 Trk Promo (MCA / Drive Through / Island - what ?)
:: Something Corporate ::
“If You C Jordan” tell her not to buy this record

DON’T LOOK THE OTHER WAY
02 July 2003 / 3 Trk CD (Circus)
:: Pleasure ::
Infectous Daft Punk influenced digital jolly. Get jerky dancing.

Carrion
02 July 2003 / Rough Trade / 2 Trk CD
:: British Sea Power ::
Exciting, edgy guitar jangle full of melody and off the wall ideas

FURTHER
02 July 2003 / 3 Trk CD (4:45 / 14th Floor)
:: Longview ::
Pure guitar driven pop. Epic, yet light enough to easily savour

HEY GIRL
02 July 2003 / Rough Trade / 3 Trk CD
:: Delays ::
The rather magnificent Delays

COME SPEAK TO ME
02 July 2003 / SonyBMG / 3 Trk CD
:: Elisa ::
Pleasant but reasonably pointless

EVIL
02 July 2003 / Promo / 3 Trk CD (Invicta HiFi / Telstar)
:: Ladytron ::
Not all that bad but still way, way short of their flaming, world changing potential

WHO INVITED YOU
02 July 2003 / EMI / 3 TRk CD (Atlantic)
:: The Donnas ::
Cocky bitches playing the game ?

THE UN-CALCULATED SOME
01 July 2003 / Warner / 12 Trk CD
:: Un-Cut ::
If it got any slicker it would drive up to your door in a Porsche with a rose between it’s teeth, whisk you off to Monte Carlo and ply you with expensive champagne for the weekend

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