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< < Release Reviews on Manchester Music For September, 2003

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THE A.M.
29 September 2003 / Storm / 12 Trk CD
:: The A.M. ::
Twelve tracks on this CD is a bit too much and condensing this down to 3 tracks and binning the rest in their current form would be good starting point.

WHEN HEAVEN’S DOWN
29 September 2003 / HTI / 10 Trk CD
:: Tennason ::
Seems little more than a continuation of the cycle that must be stopped.

I NEED A LITTLE MORE TIME
29 September 2003 / Demo / CD-R Demo
:: Virtuoso ::
Possibly from the same stable as other local indie hopefuls but this is your absolute bog standard, vaguely introspective baggy anthem

UNTITLED
29 September 2003 / Demo / 3 Trk CDR
:: The Influence ::
Somewhere between The Longpigs and “Francis Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle”.

LIVE IT ALL
29 September 2003 / 14 Trk CD (Cottage Records)
:: GT ::
"Born in Leigh” is of particular interest because of its identifiable subject matter (that of northern pie town life)

Untitled
29 September 2003 / Demo / 4 Trk CDR
:: Everstrong ::
Songsmanship and technicality is suitably high with even a hint of surprise manifesting in the multiple vocal layers on the record’s closing effort

THE LITTLE GINGER CLUB KID
29 September 2003 / 13 Trk CD (Underwater)
:: Tim Deluxe ::
Overall the singles make this collection, but there are few dips along the way - the result of Deluxe refreshingly trying his hand at something a little different

WE DON’T PLAY GUITARS
29 September 2003 / EMI / 3 Trk CD (Labels)
:: Chicks On Speed ::
You’ll feel filthy after listening to this low slung buzzing slice of punky shouting and thick wedged retro synths.

NEVER,NEVER LAND
22 September 2003 / Universal / 12 Trk CD Album (MoWax / Island)
:: Unkle ::
First there’s Leftfield, then Massive Attack, then Death In Vegas. It’s truly the time for Unkle to take the mantle of best collaborative electronic act

LOVE REVOLUTION
22 September 2003 / 14 Trk CD :: Revolver
:: Heavy Load ::
Generally speaking it is easy listening and pretty similar stuff on a theme, most of the way through – but you could say that about Coldplay, Travis and The White Stripes

SO DAMN BEAUTIFUL
22 September 2003 / 2 Trk CD :: Decode / Telstar
:: Poloroid ::
A light but breezy / sullen song, delivered with the ambience of anthemic electronica

HAVE IT ALL
22 September 2003 / BMG / SonyBMG / 3 Trk CD (RCA)
:: Foo Fighters ::
The second track on this CD saves us from the frankly appalling guitar sounds of the lead song

ALL THAT’S LEFT
22 September 2003 / Universal / 1 Trk Promo (Mercury / Island)
:: Thrice ::
Furiously, slick and packed with college radio friendly moves, it’s guaranteed to have a MTV compatible Vid’ to go with it

DEAD CITIES, RED SEAS & LOST GHOSTS
22 September 2003 / EMI / 12 Trk CD (Gooom)
:: M83 ::
M83 push out a few boundaries and cross over in all directions. An impressive album and one that's worth returning to time and again

MAPS
22 September 2003 / Universal / 1 Trk CD (Polydor)
:: Yeah Yeah Yeahs ::
YYY are possibly one of the most inventive and impressive transatlantic bands right now and “Maps” is a moody, exciting slice of their manifesto.

INERTIATIC ESP
22 September 2003 / Universal / 1 Trk Promo (Island)
:: The Mars Volta ::
The Mars Volta can impress, confuse and shock in equal amounts. 'Inertiatic ESP' is one of this years most exciting tunes.

I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE
22 September 2003 / EMI / 1 Trk Promo (Atlantic)
:: The Darkness ::
Whilst cynics see the whole thing as something that approaches Spinal Tap proportions, the kids on the street are taking it very seriously indeed

THESE ACID STARS
22 September 2003 / 12 Trk CD :: Memphis Industries
:: J Xaverre ::
Ambient, lazily spun electronically fuelled balladeering that has a warm heart and a genuine soul

A MOMENT OF CLARITY
22 September 2003 / 16 Track CD Album :: Revolver Records
:: Gods Little Joke ::
Attempts are made at capturing the rock middle ground Feeder have sown up and a glance is cast in the direction of the pop punk crowd

CRAZY WORLD
22 September 2003 / 3 Trk CD :: Plum Recording Company
:: Aslan ::
It is reminds me of a great number of records, but not being able to quite pin it down is part of the fun. If there is any justice, this should climb to the top of the charts and stay there for a month

ABSOLUTION
22 September 2003 / 14-Track CD/LP :: East West
:: Muse ::
Absolution is utterly over the top and does harbour some rather pretentious notions of actually touching reality but it is decidedly entertaining even if only due to its grandiose nature

SAFE AS HOUSES
16 September 2003 / 12 Trk Cd (2M Recordings)
:: Mankato ::
Potential talent but expect little from the album but 12 tracks of MOR pop - Whoever bashed the inspiration out of Mankato needs to be taken to one side and given a good talking to

SILENCE IS EASY
15 September 2003 / EMI / 11 Trk CD
:: Starsailor ::
It’s almost three years ago that Starsailor had A&R men coming in their collective pants - here's LP number two - have they moved on ?

AMAZING GRACE
15 September 2003 / Sanctuary / 11 Trk Cd
:: Spiritualized ::
Spiritualised embrace both the gospel style and the chain driven, feeding back rock of the early Creation Records era

THE CHILLING PLACE
15 September 2003 / 3 Trk CD :: Memphis Industries
:: Fort Lauderdale ::
The essence of lampoonery, blistering guitar riffs and wonderfully bombastic middle eights

EAT YOU ALIVE
15 September 2003 / Universal / 3 Trk CD (Flip / Interscope / Polydor)
:: Limp Bizkit ::
LB wheel out another Nu-Metal standard that doesn’t beat their flag raising work from the previous album, but having set the terms and the pace for Nu-Met, Bizkit can pretty much do what they want

I AM KLOOT
15 September 2003 / Echo (Universal) / 12 Trk CD
:: I Am Kloot ::
Local acts IAK just have great songs, an ear for crisp beatnik pop melodies and some great, carefully thought out production, in this magnificent second LP

PAZUZU
15 September 2003 / Twisted Nerve / 5 Trk CD
:: Toolshed ::
One of the best things to come out TN since Mum & Dad.

LEAVE YOUR BODY
15 September 2003 / 3 Trk CD
:: Infadels ::
‘Lontronica’ or ‘Hacktronica’ ?

LESS TALK MORE ACTION
15 September 2003 / 3 Trk CD
:: Tim Deluxe ::
More springy, bouncy club and dance routines from Tim that really captures the summer vibe

SOMEDAY
15 September 2003 / 2 Trk Promo :: Roadrunner
:: Nickelback ::
Nickelback follow up with the first release from their latest album "The Long Road" with the emotive power ballad "Someday".

THE NEW ROMANCE
15 September 2003 / Matador Records / 12 Trk CD
:: Pretty Girls Make Graves ::
Obviously descended from a rich lineage of cult indie rock and hardcore (not really surprising considering they’re comprised of members of Murder City Devils and Kill Sadie to name but a few) but where exactly will always leave you guessing.

THE LEAVING SONG PT II
15 September 2003 / Universal / 1 Trk Promo (Polydor / Dreamworks)
:: AFI ::
AFI have been knocking out Bauhaus meets The Offspring in a helium tent shout-a-long punk rock with consummate ease

WELCOME, CONVALESCENCE
15 September 2003 / 8 Track CD :: Munich Records
:: South San Gabriel ::
Named after the South San Gabriel River, the city of San Gabriel, TX lost its bid for the Austin and Northwest Railroad to pass through its borders. All that now marks the town site is a cemetery

ONE WAY MIRROR
15 September 2003 / Independiente / 3 Trk CD
:: Kinesis ::
Schoolkids know what's happening in schoolkids heads and whilst "One Way Mirror" inserts agit-pop and politico tect book readings, the narrative is complimented by its successful reference to Mancunian and punk landmarks.

KICK UP THE FIRE AND LET THE FLAMES BREAK LOOSE
08 September 2003 / BMG / SonyBMG / 10 Trk CD (Morning)
:: The Cooper Temple Clause ::
With a top thirty shot with "Promises Promises" this is still a collection that has matured from its predecessor

I BELIEVE
08 September 2003 / North Country / 11 Trk Cd
:: Tim Burgess ::
Too retrospective and centres on the really tacky end of the late 80’s mainstream.

DARTS OF PLEASURE
08 September 2003 / Domino / 3 Trk Cd
:: Franz Ferdinand ::
May be the UK’s answer to a slightly more ironic Electric Six

FRANTIC
08 September 2003 / Universal / 2 Trk CD
:: Metallica ::
Five minutes of unadulterated, orchestrated 30-something mayhem

THE DARE EP
08 September 2003 / 4 Trk CD
:: After Suburbia ::
Unrelentingly Nu-Metal, with neatly produced wall filling guitars and smooth melodic rock vocals.

GO BACK TO BED AMERICA
08 September 2003 / 2 Trk CD (BoobyTrap)
:: Small Victories ::
Poppy / rocky affairs that do actually add up

IT STILL MOVES
08 September 2003 / Wichita Recordings / CD album
:: My Morning Jacket ::
The ghost of Richie Vallance is ever present on this echoey voiced collection of MOR rock from the Kentucky five piece

3 FEET TALL
08 September 2003 / Echo (Universal) / 1 Trk Promo
:: I Am Kloot ::
More than just the quiver of Lennon and 60’s sunshine

IT’S BROKEN
08 September 2003 / Demo / 5 Trk CD
:: Spayed Archbishop ::
The most disturbing thing about this is that this may be from someone I know

THE BOYS OF SUMMER
08 September 2003 / 3 Trk Cd
:: The Ataris ::
The Ataris sadly don’t bring anything new to the party

HORSE-SHOE THROWN
01 September 2003 / Demo / 4 Trk CD
:: THE FORGOTTEN COWBOY ::
Sure this isn’t that serious but it competes well with those who try to bargain by putting style over substance

0304
01 September 2003 / EMI / 14 Trk CD (Atlantic)
:: Jewel ::
Very American girl, very over produced and yet so intriguingly different

LOUDER THAN THE CROWD
01 September 2003 / Gut / 41 Trk Double CD
:: Various Artists ::
Tries and more or less succeeds in encapsulating the current underground metal scene into one collection

THE TREES ARE DEAD & DRIED OUT WAIT FOR SOMETHING WILD
01 September 2003 / Gut / 14 Track CD LP
:: Sikth ::
The excess of Naplam Death, Linkin Park and the deepest Death metal tribal drum beats you could imagine

I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF
01 September 2003 / XL / 3 Trk CD
:: The White Stripes ::
More trash basement frequencies and raucous blues infused guitars

FATHERFUCKER
01 September 2003 / XL / 12 Trk CD Album
:: Peaches ::
The dozen tracks have a good hit rate and once you wade through the sparser stuff there’s some hidden gems

CRYSTAL CLEAR
01 September 2003 / Rough Trade / 3 Trk Cd
:: Fiery Furnaces ::
You have to work pretty damn hard on this one for something that’s trying to be original but isn’t quite

SHE KISSED ME (IT FELT LIKE A HIT)
01 September 2003 / Sanctuary / 1 Trk Promo
:: Spiritualized ::
Quite an exciting trip as Spiritualised dig out those rock and roll spurs

SPITTING GAMES
01 September 2003 / Universal / 1 Trk Promo (Polydor)
:: Snow Patrol ::
For once SP may well have a hit on their hands, as its driving beats and higher pitched vocal hooks strive to dominate a top 30 placing

THE AVERAGE MAN
01 September 2003 / 3 Trk CD (2 M Recordings)
:: Simple Kid ::
Weird but overall, interesting without being too pretentious.

REMEMBER WHERE YOU ARE
01 September 2003 / Beggars Banquet / 2 Trk Cd
:: Oceansize ::
A simple (11 minute) two track affair from a band that are destined to mesmerise the masses with their unique brand of influential, thought provoking sound tracks.

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