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The Strokes: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, March 2002

IN THE END, it boils down to a simple rollcall of facts. ...

Blak Twang: The Rotton Club

Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, May 2002

AFTER GENRE-DEFINING albums by Roots Manuva and Skinnyman, up steps Tony Olabode, aka Tony Rotton (after Johnny Rotten apparently), aka Blak Twang for a slice ...

Eminem: The Eminem Show

Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, May 2002

CAN IT BE mere coincidence that the fourth Eminem album hits the streets in the same week that the third series of Big Brother begins ...

Sigur Ros: Barbican, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, September 2002

YOU OFTEN hear the invisible when you go to see Sigur Ros live. As the bowed white noise fades into an eerie serenity or the ...

Bruce Springsteen: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, October 2002

AT FIRST, it sounds like boo-ing, as if the twelve thousand capacity crowd has suddenly turned against America's unofficial poet laureate. ...

Madonna: American Life

Review by Dan Gennoe, Yahoo Music, April 2003

AS A single, Madonna's 'American Life' is both a clever cultural statement and a crushing disappointment. ...

Marilyn Manson: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, June 2003

THE CABARET is excellent, of course. You come expecting a hilariously over the top gothic freakshow, choreographed by the ghost of Cecil B. DeMille and ...

Nick Cave: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, June 2003

AT EXACTLY twenty seven minutes past eight, the polite but firm announcement is made. "Nick Cave will take the stage in three minutes." ...

Mis-Teeq: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, October 2003

THE BEST bits, as with their often startling appearances on daytime radio, are when they mutate suddenly. ...

Jay Z, R Kelly: R. Kelly & Jay-Z: Unfinished Business

Review by Dan Gennoe, Yahoo Music, October 2004

R. KELLY AND JAY-Z. Whichever way you cut it, it's an odd pairing. ...

Joanna Newsom: ICA, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, November 2004

THE RESPONSE in the bar afterwards is split clearly along the gender lines. Robert and his male friend are in raptures. What a voice! Such ...

The Pogues: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, December 2004

BECAUSE HE'S A true poet, we'll always forgive him. With lesser mortals, you'd gaze upon a man staggering and swaying, mumbling his words and randomly ...

Bright Eyes: I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning/Digital Ash In A Digital Urn

Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, January 2005

SOMETIMES YOU can be too darn talented for your own good. Regularly described as a "boy genius", 24 year old Conor Oberst – doe-eyed self-obsessive, ...

Kaiser Chiefs: Employment

Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, March 2005

IT’S COMMON FOR bands to grow up in public these days, but rarely in the space of a single record. ...

Mariah Carey: The Emancipation Of Mimi

Review by Dan Gennoe, Yahoo Music, April 2005

IN TRUTH, there's nothing more entertaining than watching a celebrity having a breakdown. ...

System of a Down: System Of A Down: Mesmerize

Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, May 2005

YOU COULDN'T MAKE them up. An American-Armenian four piece based in LA who feed eye-bulging political fury through Dead Kennedys-style anarcho punk, crunching riff-heavy thrash ...

Teenage Fanclub: Man-Made

Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, May 2005

WHAT'S IN A NAME? If Howdy! suggested a flash of cheerfulness that meant well but was gone in a second, then Man-Made deliberately slows everything ...

Orange Juice: The Glasgow School (Domino)

Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, July 2005

THERE'S A TOUCHING sense of karma to the release of this album. Having made a small fortune from their typically prescient signing of Franz Ferdinand, ...

Richard Hawley: Coles Corner

Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, September 2005

IMAGINE BRITPOP never happened. No Pulp, no Longpigs, no exuberant resurgence in literate guitar pop. ...

The Shortwave Set: The Debt Collection

Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, September 2005

AS ONE DOOR closes, another opens. When the Beta Band announced their dissolution late last year, it seemed that a particular brand of dreamy, lo-fi ...

Goldfrapp: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, October 2005

SHE LOOKS LIKE a dying android. As played by Prunella Scales. And not just any dying android as played by Prunella Scales either. She's the ...

Ms Dynamite: Judgement Days

Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, October 2005

WHEN MS DYNAMITE'S debut album was dismissed by some critics in 2002 as "tiresome finger-wagging", it seemed the erstwhile Niomi McLean-Daley was getting a rough ...

Gnarls Barkley: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, July 2006

DRESSED IN red knee socks, black shorts and untucked white school shirt and glistening from fifty minutes of belting out melted funk anthems at full ...

Christina Aguilera: Back To Basics (RCA)

Review by Dan Gennoe, Yahoo Music, August 2006

OF COURSE, the downside to success is that all those people who really do know better suddenly become reluctant to say "No". Even when they ...

Amy Winehouse: Astoria, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, February 2007

OF COURSE, she looks spectacular. Even dressed down in a blue polo shirt and jeans, like she's just nipping to the shops for a pint ...

Lily Allen: Somerset House, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, July 2007

AT ONE POINT towards the end, bless her, Lily Allen looks like she's going to cry. She's been bouncing through her sweet, slightly skanking version ...

Prince Papers The House

Comment by Phil Sutcliffe, Yahoo Music, July 2007

THAT PRINCE CHAP, he does like to lob a spanner in the music-industry works. It's record shop chains he's upset this time. They're calling him ...

The White Stripes: 93 Feet East, London

Live Review by Ian Watson, Yahoo Music, February 2008

JACK WHITE just doesn't know what to do with himself. ...

Erykah Badu: New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)

Review by Dan Gennoe, Yahoo Music, March 2008

IN 1997, from out of nowhere, Erykah Badu delivered one of the most significant albums of modern R&B. ...

Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen: "Hello, Cleveland!"

Comment by Phil Sutcliffe, Yahoo Music, June 2009

COMMUNICATION WITH a large audience is a tricky business. ...

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