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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 ...

Beyoncé: I Am… Yours: An Intimate Performance at Wynn Las Vegas (Columbia)

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

A greatest hits-style setlist performed with accomplished pizzazz ...

James Blake: Klavierwerke (R&S Records)

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

Rising UK producer's latest EP points the way towards an anticipated debut album. ...

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 ...

John Coltrane: Classic Album: John Coltrane's Blue Train

Review by Mike Diver, Clash, October 2012

JAZZ. The word alone is enough to set some listeners on edge. Honking, squawking, screeching horrors. Well, that's one assessment, at least, and sometimes accurate ...

The Deftones: Deftones: "A lot of people have grown up with us..."

Interview by Mike Diver, Drowned in Sound, August 2011

AHEAD OF THEIR sold-out headline show at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire, DiS meets Deftones' Frank Delgado (electronics) and Sergio Vega (bass). Each joined the band at ...

Dirty Pretty Things: Romance At Short Notice (Vertigo)

Review by Mike Diver, Drowned in Sound, June 2008

DIRTY PRETTY THINGS frontman Carl Barât has a brilliant album in him. He's not written or recorded it yet, but the songwriting powerhouse behind the ...

Dizzee Rascal: Truthfully Born To Do It

Interview by Mike Diver, Drowned in Sound, August 2008

DIZZEE RASCAL'S 'Dance Wiv Me', featuring Calvin Harris and Chrome, has sat at the top of the UK singles chart for the past four Sundays. ...

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. ...

Karen Elson: The Ghost Who Walks (XL Recordings)

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

Appealing solo debut from Jack White's model wife and friends. ...

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. ...

Paloma Faith: Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful?

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

Perhaps she's playing up, but one can't fault the performance. ...

Foals: Antidotes

Review by Mike Diver, Drowned in Sound, February 2008

YOU HAVE TO rewind the best part of a year to find the root of the expansive bubble of anticipation that's bloated about the five ...

Grimes: Halfaxa (Arbutus Records)

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

ON A CURSORY listen it seems Claire Boucher, aka Grimes, creates the kind of ethereal gloom-scapes that have served Zola Jesus well thus far. But ...

The Horrors: Skying (XL Recordings)

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

THE HORRORS know all about deceptive appearances. Their mid-00s emergence saw the music press in a lather, hype peaking with inevitable derision creeping forth from ...

Idlewild: Everything Ever Written

Review by Mike Diver, Quietus, The, February 2015

IDLEWILD HAVE been a band for twenty years now, and doesn't it show. The blood-rush riots that passed as early gigs have slipped beneath tangible ...

Jessie J: Who You Are

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

IT'S ALL WELL and good having a multi-octave voice, but without control it's an accident waiting to happen. Jessie J – born Jessica Cornish in ...

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. ...

Katy B: In Conversation: Katy B

Interview by Mike Diver, Clash, February 2014

BRITAIN MIGHT BE smitten, as much of the world is, by a Queen B from H-Town, but we've our own pop princess coming through the ...

Lil Wayne: Tha Carter IV (Cash Money Records)

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

Studio LP number nine from the multi-million seller could be his UK breakthrough proper ...

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. ...

Rick Ross: God Forgives, I Don't (Def Jam)

Review by Mike Diver, bbc.co.uk, July 2012

KNOWN TO MANY UK listeners as a gravel-voiced guest on innumerable rap hits, Rick Ross has enjoyed considerable stateside success for several years. His 2006 ...

Shakira: She Wolf (Epic)

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

THERE'S MUCH to like about diminutive Columbian singer Shakira (Isabel Mebarak Ripoll), best known to this day for 2001's breakthrough Whenever, Wherever and her global ...

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 ...

The Weeknd: Thursday

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

EARLIER THIS YEAR, Canadian singer The Weeknd (aka Abel Tesfay) became a net sensation when his House of Balloons mixtape attracted the support of rapper ...

Wild Beasts: Smother (Domino)

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

WILD BEASTS' RISE from cult concerns loved by a critical clique, through Mercury Prize-nominated sorts with a sharp and saucy twist on typical indie tropes, ...

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