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Dan Gennoe

Dan Gennoe

Dan Gennoe is a London-based freelance journalist & author. He's written features, interviews and reviews for the likes of Esquire, GQ, Arena, FHM, Q Magazine, Mojo, Red, Time Out, The Independent and The Mail On Sunday. Dan also writes books, both fiction and non-fiction, and has ghost written the odd celebrity biography.

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Aaliyah: I Care 4 U

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 2003

THE GRIEF and shock that gripped the R&B fraternity after Aaliyah Houghton's death in a plane crash in 2001 was more than just sorrow for ...

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 ...

Christina Aguilera: Stripped

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, January 2003

DITCHING THE TEEN seduction of her 1999 debut, Christina Aguilera’s second album attempts to speedup the aging process and shake off her wannabe Britney Spears ...

Shola Ama: Soul Satisfaction

Interview by Dan Gennoe, Flipside, 1999

The girl who was discovered singing on a tube station at the age of 15, picked up 2 MOBOs and 1 Brit award, and scored ...

Ashanti: Saviour Of The Ballad

Interview by Dan Gennoe, Q, August 2002

"LEAVE!" Ashanti Douglas is not amused. ...

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. ...

Victoria Beckham: Victoria Beckham

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 2001

It's vocoder-a-go-go as Posh Spice gets personal ...

Natasha Bedingfield: Unwritten

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, September 2004

SO IT'S OFFICIAL. Natasha Bedingfield is no longer just Daniel's little sister. That 'These Words' going to No.1 made chart history – making her and ...

Chris Brown: Exclusive

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, November 2007

IN THE ABSENCE of an identity of his own, 16-year-old Chris Brown borrowed Usher's for his self-titled 2005 debut. ...

Busta Rhymes: A Drink With Busta Rhymes

Interview by Dan Gennoe, Esquire, 2003

ESQUIRE: What's your poison? ...

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. ...

Ciara: Fantasy Ride (RCA)

Review by Dan Gennoe, Yahoo! Music, May 2009

AS MOVES GO, Ciara enlisting Justin Timberlake to help take her from niche R&B starlet all the way to the top of the charts was ...

Kelly Clarkson: Breakaway

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, July 2005

IT'S SAID THAT American's do everything bigger and better than everyone else. While, in most instances the second part of the claim is a matter ...

Coldcut: Ninja Tune: Way Of The Ninja

Profile and Interview by Dan Gennoe, 7, 2000

TEN YEARS AGO COLDCUT DECIDED THEY'D HAD ENOUGH OF TOP OF THE POPS AND SET-UP UP NINJA TUNE. XENCUTS, THE ORGY OF FREE-THINKING DECKS, BEATS ...

Dashboard Confessional: The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 2002

IF THE "EMO" fraternity need a hero, Florida's Christopher Carrabba, aka Dashboard Confessional, is their man. Hurling a barrage of poetic abuse and violently chugging ...

Craig David

Interview by Dan Gennoe, Front, 2000

With The Artful Dodger and a cry of "Re-e-wind, the crowd say bo selecta!" Craig David boinked his way up the Christmas charts. Only God, ...

The Decemberists: The Crane Wife

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, January 2007

THE DECEMBERISTS are the brainchild of Portland-based songwriter Colin Meloy. Meloy's interests include eighth century poetry, singing in a North American-oldie-worldie-British-accent and prog rock. If ...

Faith Evans: The First Lady (Capitol/EMI)

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 2005

UNFORTUNATELY FOR Faith Evans, no matter what she does nor how well she does it, her career will never be able to hold a candle ...

Faithless: Re-Perspective

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 2002

AS THIS COLLECTION of reworked tracks from last year's Outrospective album makes all too clear, Faithless don't wear remixes well. So reliant are their songs ...

Faithless, John Martyn, Sister Bliss: Sister Bliss & John Martyn

Interview by Dan Gennoe, 7, February 2001

SHE'S THE FIRST LADY OF HOUSE, HE'S A LIVING FOLK LEGEND. SHE LIKES GOSPEL, HE LIKES JUNGLE. THEY ARE THE ODD COUPLE AND THEY'RE TAKING ...

Fergie: The Dutchess (Polydor)

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, October 2006

IN THE case of the miraculous rebirth of the Black Eyed Peas, the question of just who reinvented who is one of chicken and egg ...

Foo Fighters, Nirvana: Monster of Rock: Dave Grohl

Profile and Interview by Dan Gennoe, Mail On Sunday, September 2007

DAVE GROHL IS TIRED. Pulling a back-crunching, jaw-cranking comedy stretch, he twists, grits his immaculate white teeth and let's out a little squeak. Finished, he ...

Fun Lovin' Criminals: Lock, Stock & One Smokin' Criminal

Interview by Dan Gennoe, Flipside, 1999

From the mean streets of New York to the palm trees of Hawaii, Flipside talks herbs, pasta, cocktails, garlic and garbage with Fun Lovin' Criminal ...

Goldfrapp: Felt Mountain

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, October 2000

OWING NO SMALL debt to an era when chilling strings and abstract electronica followed Michael Caine’s every move, and French pop was effortlessly romantic, the ...

Goldie Lookin' Chain: Safe As Fuck (Atlantic)

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, September 2005

THE PROBLEM WITH jokes is that they're only really funny the first time round. Nowhere is this truer than in music. ...

CeeLo Green: Cee Lo Green: Cee Lo Green And His Perfect Imperfections

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 2002

Goodie Mob star scores another homerun for the Atlanta hip hop massive ...

Jamiroquai: A Funk Odyssey

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 2001

JAMIROQUAI/JAY KAY has shrugged off many a jibe about his disco-funk devotion – not to mention hats, dancing... But if 16 million album sales haven't ...

Jamiroquai: Jay Kay: The Esquire Interview

Interview by Dan Gennoe, Esquire, 2001

THERE ARE DOGS and there are dogs. The two German Shepherds growling and baring teeth on the drive of Jay Kay's Buckinghamshire estate, are the ...

Jay Z: The Life And Times Of Jay-Z: An Interview

Interview by Dan Gennoe, Flipside, 1999

REMIND SHAWN CARTER, aka Jay-Z, that his last long player, Vol.2...Hard Knock Life, which spawned the Annie-sampling single of the same name, sold 5 million ...

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. ...

Jennifer Lopez: Rebirth (Epic/Sony)

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, February 2005

THE UNIVERSAL MAULING of 2003's dire rom-com Gigli must have come as something of a shock to Jennifer Lopez. It was the first clear sign ...

Joan As Policewoman: Joan As Police Woman: Real Life

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 2007

FOR JOAN WASSER, having to defer her debut due to viola playing commitments with Antony And The Johnsons, Rufus Wainwright and Scissor Sisters was probably ...

Joss Stone: Mind, Body & Soul (Relentless/Virgin)

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, September 2004

ONLY six months ago Betty Wright was famous. A Grammy winning, soul singing, star of the '70s and '80s. Now she's just referred to as ...

Alicia Keys: As I Am

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, November 2007

THERE HAS to be a point where the wheels come off Alicia Keys' wagon. No one can be that good at everything. ...

Avril Lavigne: Let Go

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, September 2002

A 17-YEAR-OLD skate chick with the face of a rebellious angel and attitude to match, singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne should be the answer to every record ...

Leona Lewis: Spirit (Sony BMG)

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, November 2007

EASILY THE MOST significant thing about Leona Lewis's debut album is how long it's taken to appear. ...

Lil' Kim: The Naked Truth (Atlantic)

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, September 2005

IF TIMING IS everything, Lil' Kim's couldn't be much worse. ...

Jennifer Lopez: This Is Me…Then (Epic)

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 2002

Actress/diva switches on the autopilot ...

Jennifer Lopez: J.Lo

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 2001

R&B’s ALL THE rage, yet memorable tunes like Sisqo's 'Thong Song' are few and far between. First single, 'Love Don't Cost A Thing', with its ...

Jennifer Lopez: On The 6

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 1999

Popstar/actress' debut album where she tried to topple Gloria Estefan. She didn't. ...

Madonna

Retrospective by Dan Gennoe, Q Icons, Fall 2004

THE EXECUTIVES at MTV must have thought God himself was shining a light on them. In 1984, for the first Video Music Awards, they needed ...

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. ...

Alanis Morissette: The Collection (Maverick/Warners)

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, December 2005

FEW ARTISTS manage to make a perfect album, let alone one which defines an era, changes the face of music and makes them the voice ...

Nas: I Am… (Columbia)

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 1999

1999: the year rap's most potent force joined the rank and file ...

Nelly: Sweat/Suit

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, September 2004

ANYONE WHO bought Guns 'N' Roses' Use Your Illusion I and II knows that an artist releasing two albums at the same time is rarely ...

Outkast: OutKast: Idlewild

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 2006

ANYONE FEARING that the Day-Glo brilliance of 2003's triple Grammy winner, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, might have marked the height of the Atlanta duo's R&B powers ...

Paolo Nutini: These Streets (Atlantic)

Review by Dan Gennoe, Yahoo! Music, June 2006

LOVE OR LOATHE the likes of James Blunt and David Gray — and by all accounts there are plenty on both sides of that particular ...

Phoenix: Alphabetical

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, June 2004

WHEN FRENCH POP did the unthinkable and became cool, Phoenix found themselves on the ones to watch list. Disappointingly they never got off it. The ...

Pink: I’m Not Dead

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, Spring 2006

AFTER INSTIGATING the '80s rock revival currently sweeping the hit factories of US pop, it's only fair that Pink should now get to be its ...

Finley Quaye

Interview by Dan Gennoe, 7, Summer 2000

HIS SUN-BLESSED DEBUT, MAVERICK A STRIKE, ESTABLISHED HIM AS A UNIQUELY GIFTED DUB-POP GENIUS. THE SUCCESS THAT FOLLOWED REPORTEDLY DROVE HIM TO THERAPY. WITH ANOTHER ...

Rihanna: A Girl Like Me (Def Jam/Mercury)

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, April 2006

THINGS have moved fast for Rihanna since the Caribbean club strut of her debut single, 'Pon De Replay' became the car window shaking sound of ...

Robin Thicke : Robin Thicke: Something Else (Star Trak/Interscope)

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, October 2008

THAT ROBIN THICKE is a gifted singer and songwriter was never in question; last album, 2007's The Evolution Of Robin Thicke made his talents abundantly ...

Sia

Interview by Dan Gennoe, 7, 2001

Last year Sia, with a little help from Prokofiev, caused a unanimous dropping of jaws with her hip hop infused single taken for granted. A ...

Sia Interview

Interview by Dan Gennoe, Making Music, 2001

"PEOPLE USED TO SAY I looked like her and I used to be mortified." Sia, the diminutive Australian singer who injected a much need dose ...

Sia: She Should Be So Lucky

Interview by Dan Gennoe, Independent, The, February 2004

In 2000, Sia was hailed as the best thing to come out of Australia since Kylie. It proved a lot to live up to, she ...

Elliott Smith: New Moon

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, May 2007

IT'S A TESTAMENT to the immense songwriting genius of Elliott Smith that even his decade old cast-offs are worth hearing. It's also a massive relief. ...

Britney Spears: Britney

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 2001

The all-American girl shows what she's really made of ...

Stereophonics: The Stereophonics Interview

Interview by Dan Gennoe, Making Music, 1998

THE MINDS OF the Stereophonics are obviously somewhere else. As they're ushered through the rain from the tent where they've been signing autographs since finishing ...

Joss Stone: Joss Stick: Joss Stone

Interview by Dan Gennoe, Mail On Sunday, 2008

JOSS STONE is smoking a fag. Crouched on the pavement outside the BBC's Maida Vale studio, a grey cardigan pulled around her, a skinny roll-up ...

Take That: Beautiful World (Polydor)

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, November 2006

AND SO it is, Take That are resurrected. A pop band reborn. Not just with an anniversary exploiting greatest hits and a reunion tour, but ...

Robin Thicke : Robin Thicke: The Evolution Of Robin Thicke (Star Trak/Interscope)

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, July 2007

WHATEVER ELSE Robin Thicke is, he's not the "next Justin Timberlake". Nor is he "going to change music", as claimed by his current mentor and ...

TLC: 3D

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, January 2003

Atlanta R&B trio's ill fated fourth album ...

Martina Topley-Bird

Interview by Dan Gennoe, GQ, July 2004

MARTINA TOPLEY-BIRD'S debut album, Quixotic, has been a long time coming. So long in fact, that it's become the stuff of myth, with rumours of ...

KT Tunstall: Eye To The Telescope

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, December 2004

ANYONE WHO SAW the Scottish singer's TV debut, performing 'Black Horse And The Cherry Tree' on Later... With Jools Holland can't fail to have been ...

Velvet Revolver: And Now Let's Go Over to the Leather Report: Velvet Revolver

Profile and Interview by Dan Gennoe, Mail On Sunday, March 2008

IF THERE'S A definition of a rock star, Scott Weiland is it. The ever-present Aviator sunglasses; the hip-jutting swagger; the slow croak of an LA ...

Kanye West: 808s & Heartbreak

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, November 2008

AROUND THE RELEASE of last album, 2007's Graduation, something changed with Kanye West. The most infectious and commercially astute voice in hip hop added to ...

Amy Winehouse: Frank

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 2004

BILLIE HOLIDAY crossed with ball-busting rapper Eve, Camden’s Amy Winehouse is easily the most entertaining product of the Sylvia Young stage school – admittedly she ...

Zero 7: Zero Tolerant

Interview by Dan Gennoe, 7, May 2001

HENRY BINNS & SAM HARDAKER'S FIRST TWO EPS PEGGED THEM AS THE BRITISH AIR. THEY WERE JUST THE TIP OF A VERY ETHEREAL ICEBERG. THEIR ...

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Way Of The Ninja: Ninja Tune Records

Retrospective and Interview by Dan Gennoe, New Routes, 2003

Dan Gennoe visits the HQ of boundary pushing independent record label Ninja Tune and views their break beat blueprint for world domination. ...

Rough Trade: The Second Coming

Profile and Interview by Dan Gennoe, British Council New Routes, 2006

IN THE WORLD of independent record labels, Rough Trade is a bona fide living legend. Born in the late '70s from the West London record ...

The Second Coming of Rough Trade

Report and Interview by Dan Gennoe, New Routes, Spring 2006

IN THE WORLD of independent record labels, Rough Trade is a bona fide living legend. Born in the late '70s from the West London record ...

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