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Mike Diver

Mike Diver

Mike Diver writes about music between feeding his cats and seeing his football team of choice capitulate in the final throes of any given game. He is the former editor of DrownedinSound.com, was editor of Clash magazine’s website, and has contributed to titles including NME, Rock Sound, Plan B and The Fly. He is currently album reviews editor for bbc.co.uk. One day he’ll get a proper job.

List of articles in the library by artist

Adele: 19 (XL Recordings)

Review by Mike Diver, Drowned in Sound, January 2008

STRAIGHT UP, that last single, the one about the pavements: belter. Bullshit, but belter. ...

Arcade Fire: Neon Bible

Review by Mike Diver, Drowned in Sound, March 2007

FORGET your wake adages: this isn't the post-Funeral party, the celebratory exhalation of relief following the enduring of an impossible to pinpoint pain. ...

Arcade Fire: The Suburbs

Review by Mike Diver, bbc.co.uk, August 2010

IF 2007'S NEON BIBLE was supposed to be Arcade Fire's difficult second album, it didn't show. Top marks from a cavalcade of critical tomes saw the Montreal ...

Bruno Mars: Doo Wops and Hooligans (Elektra Musician)

Review by Mike Diver, bbc.co.uk, January 2011

Mars' solo debut is geared for maximum appeal ...

Drake: Take Care (Cash Money Records)

Review by Mike Diver, bbc.co.uk, November 2011

Drake is here for the long run — and he's already outrunning most. ...

Eminem: Recovery (Aftermath Entertainment)

Review by Mike Diver, bbc.co.uk, June 2010

On his seventh album Eminem is more genuinely impassioned than he's sounded in years. ...

Justin Bieber: My World (Mercury)

Review by Mike Diver, bbc.co.uk, January 2010

Uncomfortable lyrics aside, there's not much to make the adult listener squirm. ...

N-Dubz: Against All Odds (All Around The World)

Review by Mike Diver, bbc.co.uk, November 2009

An honest, authentic audio document of contemporary teenage Britain. ...

Outkast: An Album of the Year 2000: OutKast: Stankonia

Retrospective by Mike Diver, Drowned in Sound, October 2011

WHAT INITIALLY seems like a throwaway title of nonsensical playfulness is actually a very astute summary of the first truly great rap record of the ...

Rihanna: Talk That Talk (Mercury)

Review by Mike Diver, bbc.co.uk, November 2011

Drearily sexual lyricism over showy but shallow production dominates RiRi's sixth LP. ...

Sparklehorse: Dreaming of Fiery, Misty Mountains: Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse

Interview by Mike Diver, Drowned in Sound, October 2006

WALK AROUND the stage of London's Bush Hall, through the dressing room, and there you'll find a small outside area, just big enough for a ...

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