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Word, The

Launched in 2003, The Word was a monthly music magazine published in London. It ran for 114 issues, closing in 2012.

Dido: Soup with Dido

Interview by David Quantick, Word, The, 2003

DIDO LIVES in Islington, along with half the Labour Party, the entire cast of EastEnders and the late Arthur Mullard, who used to sit outside ...

Ed Harcourt: From Every Sphere

Review by Pete Paphides, Word, The, March 2003

IF THEY DON'T write songs like they used to, no one told Ed Harcourt. Before the 26-year-old former chef put out his first album — ...

Nick Cave: Makes Darkly Melodic Records of Rare Beauty

Interview by Robert Sandall, Word, The, March 2003

He gets up at five a.m. and works. He leads an ordered domestic life. Bob Dylan likes him. He is clean and sober. ...

Richard Thompson: The Old Kit Bag

Review by David Sinclair, Word, The, March 2003

ONE OF THE MANY extraordinary things about Richard Thompson is how resistant he is to the image-making process. After all, here is a man who ...

Kinky, Manuel Galbán, Ry Cooder: Ry Cooder & Manuel Gálban: Mambo Sinuendo; Kinky: Kinky

Review by Andy Gill, Word, The, March 2003

Perfuming Each Moment ...

Eminem: What's SO F***ing Great About Eminem?

Essay by Andy Gill, Word, The, March 2003

The worst character traits imaginable assembled into violent, cautionary cartoons have produced the charismatic star of the moment, now further immortalised in an acclaimed movie. ...

Luke Haines: Goodbye To All That

Interview by Roy Wilkinson, Word, The, June 2003

Luke Haines is music's Graham Greene, a scowling misanthrope with a highly-placed following and a withering perspective on his homeland. How has the who who's ...

Björk

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Word, The, July 2003

"I LOVE HIM, I love him, I love him, I love him/ This time, I'm gonna keep it to myself." Björk is swaying as she ...

John Cooper Clarke: Buster Rhymes

Interview by Andy Gill, Word, The, July 2003

Punk's not dead, and neither is its poet laureate, John Cooper Clarke. ...

Simply Red: Mick Hucknall Goes Indie

Profile and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Word, The, July 2003

NOW HERE'S A sentence I never thought I'd write. I have seen the future of music – and its name is Mick Hucknall. Yes, Mick ...

Elliott Smith: Bottle Up And Explode

Retrospective by Dorian Lynskey, Word, The, January 2004

Elliott Smith never managed to get past Step One of any 12-step recovery programme, yet he made quixotic music that lifted the lonely and the ...

The Seventies

Retrospective by Danny Baker, Word, The, February 2004

"The Seventies' attitudes, cultures and repercussions are almost too incredible for a modern youth to imagine" By Danny Baker ...

The Sixties

Retrospective by Chrissie Hynde, Word, The, February 2004

"In the Sixties our motto was: never trust anyone over 30. It was all about youth — and youth was a huge threat" by Chrissie ...

Jonathan Ive: The Father Of Invention

Report and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Word, The, March 2004

In a world where computer technology is a religion and its curvy iconography is changing everything, a shy 37-year-old Englishman is the newly-elected High Priest. ...

XTC: Senses Working Overtime

Retrospective and Interview by Pete Paphides, Word, The, April 2004

When the police found him howling at the moon in a mud-stained Santa suit after calling his mother the worst word imaginable, it was another ...

N*E*R*D: Dweebs In Pepperland: N*E*R*D: Fly Or Die (Virgin)

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Word, The, May 2004

As producers, the Neptunes rule the world. But as N*E*R*D they're losing their way — by Dorian Lynskey ...

Steve Earle Gives New Meaning To The Expression 'Lifetime Achievement'

Interview by Toby Manning, Word, The, May 2004

MARRIED SIX TIMES TO FIVE DIFFERENT WOMEN, HE'S ENDURED THE JUNKIE'S LIFE, DONE TIME AND LIVED TO TELL. NOW A CHANGED CHARACTER, HIGH PROFILE CAMPAIGNER ...

The Killers: Hot Fuss (Lizard King)

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Word, The, July 2004

MANY PERFORMERS see out their careers with a lucrative stint in Las Vegas but few actually hail from the city beyond the pleasure palace walls. ...

Prince: The Artist Formerly Known As

Interview by Anthony DeCurtis, Word, The, August 2004

Prince has dumped the "glyph", reverted to his real name, expunged the profanities from his set-list and now apologises for his past megalomaniac excess — ...

Marianne Faithfull: "La Saboteuse"

Interview by Jim Irvin, Word, The, September 2004

IT IS THE EVENING of the day – a very balmy day in San Francisco – and, perhaps, Marianne Faithfull shouldn't be here. ...

Björk: Medúlla (One Little Indian)

Review by Jude Rogers, Word, The, October 2004

Stark spirituals, tortured hymns and schizophrenic requiems: Medúlla sees our favourite Icelander at her most ethereally eccentric ...

Elliott Smith: From A Basement On The Hill (Domino)

Review by Jude Rogers, Word, The, November 2004

The posthumous album from the quiet American idol, written From A Basement On The Hill ...

Nancy Sinatra: Nancy Sinatra (Sanctuary)

Review by Jude Rogers, Word, The, November 2004

Nancy Sinatra: our seasoned muse comes good, courtesy of Morrissey, Cocker and Bono ...

Ye Revenge Of Ye Mobbe

Overview by Caitlin Moran, Word, The, December 2004

For centuries celebrities have loomed large in our pub-time fairytales. Now electronic media has made our thirst for gossip insatiable. Well at least that's what ...

Bloc Party: Silent Alarm

Review by Jude Rogers, Word, The, March 2005

Silent Alarm is a promising debut from this year's Franz Ferdinand ...

Joni Mitchell

Retrospective by Jim Irvin, Word, The, March 2005

Nine was a memorable age for Roberta Joan Anderson. Three things occurred that year, more than 50 years ago, which affect her to this day: ...

Françoise Hardy: Melancholy Bébé: Françoise Hardy: Tant De Belles Choses

Review by Jude Rogers, Word, The, March 2005

Forty years on a new album reveals the mature mettle of the great Yé-Yé girl ...

Coldplay: X&Y

Review by Jim Irvin, Word, The, June 2005

AS A STAUNCH advocate of pop music that's actually popular, that revels in its ability to make human connections, I can't begrudge Coldplay their unquestionable ...

Paul McCartney

Interview by Graeme Thomson, Word, The, October 2005

JUST WHAT do you do if you are Paul McCartney? You could bathe in liquid gold and shine your shoes with royalty cheques, of course, ...

Mike Scott, The Waterboys: Mike Scott

Profile and Interview by Graeme Thomson, Word, The, 2006

OF ALL THE PLACES to establish a spiritual community, one mile from a RAF base seems a trifle ill-conceived: transcendence must require every ounce of ...

Talking Heads - Same as it ever was?

Review by Jim Irvin, Word, The, February 2006

I MAY BE mistaken but, as I recall it, the term 'New Wave' was coined to accommodate Talking Heads. Publicists needed a tag other than ...

Cocteau Twins: The Cocteau Twins

Retrospective and Interview by Jim Irvin, Word, The, April 2006

IN THE SUMMER of 1981, a member of staff at the Earl's Court branch of Beggars Banquet Records noticed an odd-looking couple loitering outside the ...

Scritti Politti: The Green Piece

Profile and Interview by Jim Irvin, Word, The, July 2006

A PHILOSOPHICAL QUESTION to begin. Why are we all here? Well, it's because pop music's fucking great, isn't it? ...

Evan Dando: Keep Off The Grass

Interview by Jude Rogers, Word, The, September 2006

...unless you're Evan Dando, in which case the sex/drugs/rock & roll cocktail appears to be your ticket to eternal youth. He's done Bad Things, he ...

David Gilmour

Interview by Jim Irvin, Word, The, September 2007

AS THE 40th anniversary of Pink Floyd's debut album, Piper At the Gates Of Dawn rolls around, it's interesting to ruminate on what became of ...

Martha Wainwright: I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too (Drowned In Sound)

Review by Jim Irvin, Word, The, April 2008

DRAPED UPSIDE-DOWN over the couch, high heels pointing at the sky, little black dress hiked high on her thighs, Martha Wainwright is waiting for someone. ...

Steve Miller

Interview by Jim Irvin, Word, The, May 2008

EVERYBODY KNOWS a Steve Miller song, yet he's hardly a household name. For every hit of his you can whistle – 'The Joker', 'Fly Like ...

Pink Floyd, Ron Geesin: Pink Floyd: Atom Heart Mother Redux

Report by Jim Irvin, Word, The, August 2008

IN JUNE 1984, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, unequivocal as always, told Richard Skinner on Radio 1: "If somebody said to me now: 'Right...here's a million ...

Guns N' Roses: Guns N'Roses: Chinese Democracy

Review by Jim Irvin, Word, The, 2009

"ALL I'VE got is time" sings Axl Rose in the opening, title song of Chinese Democracy. ...

T-Bone Burnett

Report and Interview by Jim Irvin, Word, The, April 2009

T-Bone Burnett has been producing records for over 40 years and is busier now than he's ever been, pursuing a lifelong fascination with "the boom ...

Joanna Newsom: Have One On Me (Drag City)

Review by Jim Irvin, Word, The, 2010

IT'S NOT going out on any limbs to declare that Joanna Newsom's voice divides opinion. ...

The Rolling Stones: Exile On Main Street (Polydor)

Review by Jim Irvin, Word, The, May 2010

HAVING DRAWN THE Stones' latest, double album from its unsettling, monochrome sleeve, how long did it take contemporary listeners to realise this wouldn't be business ...

Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny: Sandy Denny: Sandy Denny

Review by Jim Irvin, Word, The, September 2010

A monumental box for a great voice. ...

Elbow: Build A Rocket Boys! (Fiction)

Review by Jim Irvin, Word, The, February 2011

IT'S THREE AND A HALF MINUTES into Build A Rocket Boys, and Elbow are sounding like a band. And that band is Genesis, circa 1973, ...

Loudon Wainwright III: "Don't be an actor"

Interview by Jude Rogers, Word, The, June 2011

Bounder, famously fallible patriarch, six-stringed self-analyst and chronicler — consider the dust-caked dictums of Loudon Wainwright III ...

Arctic Monkeys: Surfeit Safari: Arctic Monkeys: Suck It And See (Domino)

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Word, The, July 2011

Arctic Monkeys latest adventure — an overload of hyper-chiselled lyricism and a touch too much of yer manly riff-rock ...

Johnny Cash: When Johnny Came Marching Home

Retrospective by Graeme Thomson, Word, The, August 2011

In 1993 Johnny Cashsat on Rick Rubin's sofa and began playing songs — just as a "getting to know you" exercise. It turned out to ...

Louis Armstrong: Satchmo

Review by Jim Irvin, Word, The, August 2011

POP OWES much to Louis Armstrong, the first great star of racy music with a groove, making him the effective forefather of Elvis, James Brown, ...

Tony Bennett: "Legalise drugs!"

Interview by Jude Rogers, Word, The, September 2011

Reformed doper, WW2 footsoldier, gilt-tonsilled balladeer — Tony Bennett takes a cable car to the top of Mount Wisdom ...

Jonathan Wilson: Gentle Spirit (Bella Union)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Word, The, October 2011

OVER A DECADE AGO, a very nice man named Simon Raymonde – son of cult '60s arranger Ivor – came to my house to answer ...

Chic, Nile Rodgers: Nile Rodgers: The Winter Of Our Discotheque

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Word, The, November 2011

Chic's Nile Rodgers recalls the chilling dance-music backlash of 1979 — "the more dominant tribe basically saying, It's time to thin out the herd" ...

Tom Waits: Bad as Me

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Word, The, November 2011

IT SHOULDN'T NEED to be said but I'll say it anyway: Tom Waits' career is one of the more extraordinary examples of mutation in the ...

Florence and the Machine: Florence + The Machine Ceremonials (Island)

Review by Jude Rogers, Word, The, December 2011

Fabulous theatre, preposterous lyrics, tribal rhythms — has Florence made the most overblown female solo album in years? ...

Kate Bush: The Mystery Dance

Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Word, The, December 2011

A Kate Bush song can be a game, a riddle, a library, a plane ticket, a night at the movies, a love affair, an hallucination, ...

Kevin Avery: Everything is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson (Fantagraphics)

Book Review by Barney Hoskyns, Word, The, December 2011

NOTE: This is a slightly expanded version of the review that ran in The Word. ...

Henry Rollins: "Playing your hits is living a lie"

Interview by Jude Rogers, Word, The, March 2012

Punk pugilist turned spoken-word turbo-philosopher, Henry Rollins puts the wanting world in a headlock ...

The Black Keys: How The Black Keys Rose Without Trace

Interview by Graeme Thomson, Word, The, March 2012

"There's a lot that goes into being a band aside from the music," say the quiet pair from Ohio. "We pay attention to that stuff." ...

Alex Chilton: Show Your Working!: Alex Chilton: Free Again: The 1970 Sessions (Omnivore/Ace)

Review by Andy Gill, Word, The, March 2012

Former teen idol Alex Chilton found his feet writing songs. The first efforts were strange, charming and totally schizophrenic. ...

ABBA, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Fleetwood Mac, George Harrison, Iggy Pop, John Cale, The Libertines, Lou Reed, Megadeth, Oasis, Simon & Garfunkel: Writing To Reach You

Overview by Graeme Thomson, Word, The, March 2012

Because sometimes the only way musicians can actually talk to each other is by writing songs ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: The Lost Prophet

Retrospective by Charles Shaar Murray, Word, The, May 2012

A new documentary presents Bob Marley in the raw, in the round, in close-up and in perspective. CHARLES SHAAR MURRAY recalls their weed-scented encounter in ...

Jack White: Exit Wounds: Jack White: Blunderbuss (XL)

Review by Dorian Lynskey, Word, The, May 2012

Jack White certainly isn't gunning for his ex, but their split seems to have fired some of his most riveting work yet ...

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