Many years ago, a great schism occurred in the history of popular music. As amps got louder and concerts got bigger, new groups responded by creating a heavier kind of music that relied on sheer sonic power as opposed to the lighter sounds of early sixties pop. Rock music broke away from pop and in […]
The worst thing about end of year polls is that they all come out in early December, which is hilarious because that means nobody got to talk about one of the best albums of the year. The Beyoncé album, called Beyoncé, was released with no fanfare, no reviews, and no warning. It then became one […]
Smith’s songs were populated by back alley losers, moving in a moonlit world of cashed checks, track marks, and bad luck.
Once the corporate reality of Realpop is internalised, then any criticism of pop which includes a critique of the corporate nature of pop music can be dismissed as an asinine act of naivety and obviousness.
Critics have been falling over themselves to praise their special brand of retro R&B mixed with retro MOR and it will surely only be a matter of time before teenagers find out about them too.
There are no simple truths here. There is just a millionaire recording artist with time on his hands, recording songs that he enjoys singing.
Some bands from my youth have fallen by the wayside, but not The Doors. I always return to them and each return pays back my youthful devotion. RIP Ray Manzarek.
The London dreamers have borrowed their favourite parts from music’s past to create a headrush of love and mysticism