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Review : The Road, Cormac McCarthy

The Road by Cormac McCarthy is etched in simplicity. For me it is also a lesson in writing. The love between the father and the son is brought to the forefront of the mind by the use of the everyday. The despair of the world they inhabit is glimpsed, but it is in the unspoken […]

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Eels End Times Album Cover

Review : End Times, Eels

‘She put on her party dress, I put on my jacket, we walked out the door’ drawls E on The Beginning, a love song soured by the end. Love is a central theme to E’s music and after the thumping yet romantic call of Hombre Lobo, here is E’s beating heart on the table ready to be […]

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Review : July Flame, Laura Veirs

‘Can I call you mine? Can I call you mine?’ (July Flame) On hearing that Laura Veirs was releasing a new album I was immediately excited, her music has been a real find since I discovered Carbon Glacier. July Flame harks back to the stripped down approach of Carbon Glacier and The Triumphs and Travails of Orphan Mae. Laura’s lyrics and vocals are […]

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Review : Polly Scattergood, Polly Scattergood

Polly Scattergood’s eponymous debut album has been a constant this year. On the surface there is a beautiful voice, tinkling piano, violins and guitars. What appears to be a simple and pleasurable album of ten songs soon entrances you and reveals it bruises to you. In my interview with Polly, she mentions Gregory Crewdson’s photographs, […]

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Review : An A-Z of Possible Worlds, A C Tillyer

Welcome to the second leg of A.C. Tillyer’s blog tour for her intelligent and thought provoking An A-Z of Possible Worlds. Open the box and enter Orwellian worlds, outer space, expertly planned towns and a bog and explore the crowds and the societies that inhabit them. Drift off into your own thoughts and interpretations as you […]

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Review : Polly Scattergood Gig

Pennies in our pockets Who is the weather girl with the pretty little pearl or two? The anger released as Polly Scattergood sings must be fun and healing. The openness of Polly’s lyrics is what drew me to her songs, the emotions she emits as she tells her stories moves us into her world and […]

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