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Giorgio Moroder

Retrospective by Bill Brewster, bbc.co.uk, 2001

• Father of Eurodisco • Discovered Donna Summer • Winner of two Academy Awards for Best Song (Top Gun: 'Take My Breath Away' and Flashdance: ...

Billy Butler, Jerry Butler, Major Lance, Curtis Mayfield: OKeh Records

Retrospective by Bill Brewster, bbc.co.uk, 2001

CHICAGO SOUL MUSIC, that weird conflation of gospel, rhythm and blues, latin rhythms and bass-heavy horn riffing, was somewhat overshadowed by its more well-known brothers ...

The Supremes

Retrospective by Bill Brewster, bbc.co.uk, 2001

MANY YEARS BEFORE anyone had ever heard of Hear'Say; and when Kylie and Jason were but a twinkle in Pete Waterman's rheumy eye, the Supremes ...

Nazareth: The Nazareth Interview

Interview by Rahul Shrivastava, bbc.co.uk, 2004

I'M AT THE Newcastle Arena. The band are 40 minutes late. I was told to be there at 7.30. This is how I like it. ...

Edgar Winter: Welcome to Winter's Wonderland

Interview by Rahul Shrivastava, bbc.co.uk, 2004

It's been over 25 years since you last played the UK. What took you so long to come back? ...

Deep Purple, Peter Frampton, Thunder: Deep Purple/Peter Frampton/Thunder: Newcastle Arena

Live Review by Rahul Shrivastava, bbc.co.uk, 10 November 2004

DEEP PURPLE burst out of the British underground during the late '60s, shedding their early US psychedelic sound in favour of a heavy, more aggressive ...

Ash, The Darkness: Ash/The Darkness: Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

Live Review by Rahul Shrivastava, bbc.co.uk, 30 November 2004

The Darkness rolled into Newcastle as part of their UK tour. Running out of hairspray: Rahul Shrivastava ...

Robin Trower: The Customs House, South Shields

Live Review by Rahul Shrivastava, bbc.co.uk, 17 April 2005

THERE IS AN old tour poster from the mid-'70s that advertises Robin Trower's pending arrival at the Newcastle City Hall that winter. Bright orange letters ...

Juicy Lucy: The Archer, Jesmond, 16 May 2005

Live Review by Rahul Shrivastava, bbc.co.uk, May 2005

HOW WOULD you describe the music of Juicy Lucy to the uninitiated? Progressive-jazzy-blues? Psychedelic-blues-rock? Or even "cheeky blues" perhaps, as some punters have ventured. ...

Hawkwind: The Dave Brock Interview

Interview by Rahul Shrivastava, bbc.co.uk, May 2005

Hawkwind guitarist Dave Brock put aside his latest space expedition to talk to Rahul Shrivastava about his life as a Psychedelic Warlord. ...

Mötley Crüe: Motley Crue: Newcastle Arena

Live Review by Rahul Shrivastava, bbc.co.uk, 21 June 2005

WHAT CAN YOU say about the Crue that hasn't already been said? A singer with a love of fine wine and cosmetic surgery, a drummer ...

Dio: Newcastle University

Live Review by Rahul Shrivastava, bbc.co.uk, October 2005

"HE EVEN invented that," I said to a couple of my esteemed colleagues, as I made the sign of the devil's horns with my hand, ...

The Seeds: Sky Saxon & The Seeds: The Cluny, Newcastle

Live Review by Rahul Shrivastava, bbc.co.uk, October 2005

IF YOU'VE EVER seen the early Jack Nicholson film Psych Out (1968), you'll remember the acid trip scene in the graveyard, where a funeral procession ...

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. ...

Arctic Monkeys: Humbug (Domino)

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

PUT ASIDE ALL thoughts of imminent backlash immediately, as Humbug is Arctic Monkeys' most enjoyably complete album to date. ...

Cheryl Cole: 3 Words

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

BEFORE WE EVEN begin, consider your own expectations for this, the first solo album from a member of Girls Aloud. Its lead single 'Fight For ...

Mariah Carey: Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel

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

MARIAH CAREY'S enduring success – the lead single from this twelfth studio album, the Eminem-baiting 'Obsessed', was the singer's fortieth hit on the Billboard Hot ...

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 ...

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 ...

Britney Spears: The Singles Collection (Jive)

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

IT MIGHT SEEM rather odd that this new collection features fewer tracks than 2004's greatest hits collection, My Prerogative. But though trimmer, this set represents ...

Leona Lewis: Echo (Sony)

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

ONE BEGINS listening to this second album from the 2006 X Factor winner hoping its title isn't prophetic – nobody needs an echo of Lewis's ...

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. ...

Rihanna: Rated R (Def Jam)

Review by Jude Rogers, bbc.co.uk, November 2009

She's transformed into a revenge-hunting, firebrand diva — and it suits her. ...

Robbie Williams: Reality Killed The Video Star

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

THE EGO HAS LANDED, again, but he's a lot more endearing this time around. ...

Snoop (Doggy) Dogg: Snoop Dogg: Malice N Wonderland (Priority Records)

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

A fine X to mark this spot in Snoop's always interesting career. ...

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 ...

David Bowie: A Reality Tour

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

"DAVID BOWIE'S greatest hits live!" reads the sticker on the attractive packaging of this newly released (but recorded back in 2003) two-CD set. ...

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. ...

Pet Shop Boys: Pandemonium

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

ANYONE WHO caught the Pet Shop Boys touring their superb Yes album – BBC Music's number one Pop & Chart album of 2009 – last ...

Ellie Goulding: Lights (Polydor)

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

THAT ELLIE Goulding topped the BBC's Sound of 2010 poll and won the Critics' award at the Brits counts for precisely nothing as of now. ...

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. ...

Micah P. Hinson: Micah P. Hinson and the Pioneer Saboteurs

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, May 2010

A powerfully ominous reshaping of old-school Americana. ...

Damian Marley, Nas: Nas and Damian Marley: Distant Relatives (Def Jam)

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

WHEN NAS CONFIRMED this collaboration with Damian Marley, he mentioned how hip hop and reggae are intertwined. ...

Drake: Thank Me Later

Review by Paul Lester, bbc.co.uk, June 2010

DRAKE IS THE Vampire Weekend of rap – he ticks all the wrong boxes, especially for a milieu that privileges poverty and strife. ...

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. ...

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 ...

Phil Selway: Familial

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, August 2010

GUARANTEED WORLDWIDE coverage because of his day job as Radiohead's drummer and signed to Bella Union, a UK indie label currently at the top of ...

Slowdive: Pygmalion

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, August 2010

Post-shoegazing classic reissued with bonus disc of demos. ...

A-ha: a-ha: 25 – The Very Best Of

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, 6 August 2010

A DOUBLE CD celebrating the retirement, after 25 years, of what was once dismissed as a little more than a prototype Norwegian boy band seems ...

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. ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: Upside Down – The Best Of The Jesus & Mary Chain

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, 27 September 2010

TO DECLARE, as this CD's artwork does, that East Kilbride's Jesus & Mary Chain are "arguably the last great British rock'n'roll band" is almost as ...

Neil Young: Le Noise

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, October 2010

NEIL YOUNG NOW belongs to that rare stratum of artists whose work is no longer judged purely on its merits but on the basis of ...

Cee Lo Green: CeeLo Green: The Lady Killer

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

WHEN YOU'VE a voice as powerful as Atlanta-born Thomas Callaway's, it's not going to stay unheard for too long. ...

Jay Z: Jay-Z: The Hits Collection — Volume One (Def Jam)

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

ONE OF JAY-Z'S biggest UK hits, 'Empire State of Mind', possesses a title that can be taken different ways. It alludes to the rapper's hometown, ...

Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas II You

Review by Dan Gennoe, bbc.co.uk, November 2010

IT'S NOT particularly clever but it is expectedly big, and sure to make a fan's Christmas. ...

N*E*R*D: Nothing

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

Album four from Pharrell and company features its share of dancefloor fillers. ...

Steely Dan: Aja

Review by Daryl Easlea, bbc.co.uk, 2011

IF EVER A record knew its worth, it was Aja, the sixth album by Steely Dan. Released in late 1977 when half the world seemed ...

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 ...

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 ...

Radiohead: The King Of Limbs

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

A fans-pleasing eighth album from Britain's most consistently brilliant band. ...

The Strokes: Angles (RCA)

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

Prepare to be smitten all over again, as the NYC outfit release a brilliant fourth album. ...

The Weeknd: House of Balloons

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

A startling debut from a young Canadian RnB artist with huge potential. ...

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, ...

Kaiser Chiefs: The Future Is Medieval

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

LEEDS' KAISER Chiefs aren't a band immediately associated with innovation – their perky indie-pop has livened up many a festival with a series of "nah-nah-nah-nah-nah"-style ...

Cashier No.9: To The Death Of Fun

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, 20 June 2011

RIGHT FROM the off, it's clear that Cashier No 9 are not another of those bands who seek to revel in self-pity and navel gazing. ...

Brian Eno/Rick Holland: Drums Between The Bells

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, July 2011

IT'S HARD TO know what's more surprising: the fact a man approaching his mid-60s continues to release groundbreaking music in such quantities that this is ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Blink 182: Neighborhoods (Interscope)

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

An unexpectedly great sixth LP from former fun-time punks turned introspective souls. ...

Jimi Hendrix: Winterland

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, September 2011

OVER FOUR DECADES since the six shows - recorded over three nights in October 1968 and documented in this four CD set – that helped ...

Art of Noise: The Art Of Noise: Who's Afraid Of The Art Of Noise

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, September 2011

Innovative, sample-pioneering debut on CD at last. ...

Bill Ryder-Jones: If…

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, November 2011

POP MUSICIANS have many aspirations, but one that is often hardest to fulfil is to be taken seriously. ...

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. ...

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. ...

Gorillaz: The Singles Collection 2001-2011

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, December 2011

THINK OF BLUR'S Damon Albarn and one thinks of Britpop, which is rather unfair, given that he's spent the last fifteen years working on projects ...

St. Vincent: Strange Mercy

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, Fall 2011

WITH THE CRITICAL mass now in her favour, a commercial breakthrough seems inevitable for St. Vincent, known otherwise as Annie Clark, poster girl for indie ...

Bat For Lashes: Bat for Lashes: The Haunted Man

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, 2012

Ivor Novello Award winner takes things a little too seriously. ...

Lauryn Hill: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Review by Lloyd Bradley, bbc.co.uk, 2012

Hill’s multi-award-winning debut became part of the mainstream on its own terms. ...

Patrick Watson: Adventures In Your Own Backyard

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, 2012

SOMETHING OF a star in his Canadian homeland after winning the 2007 Polaris Prize – the country's equivalent of the Mercury Prize – for his ...

Kathleen Edwards: Voyageur

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, January 2012

Classy Americana from Canadian chanteuse produced by Bon Iver. ...

World Party: Arkeology

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, April 2012

TWELVE YEARS after their last studio album, Karl Wallinger has finally decided he's ready to resurrect World Party, the vehicle for his songwriting that birthed ...

The Guillemots: Guillemots: Hello Land!

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, May 2012

THEY CREEP up on you, Guillemots, as the best music so often does. There's no boasting, there are few brash novelties – unless you count ...

Richard Hawley: Standing at the Sky's Edge

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, May 2012

"… AND THIS ONE'S for all the men in the house." Yes, after a decade of seducing career couples with the Roy Orbison stylings of ...

Sigur Ros: Sigur Rós: Valtari

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, May 2012

IF THE RELEASE of Sigur Rós' last studio album, Með Suð Í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust, led people to fear that the band's days crafting ...

Bobby Womack: The Bravest Man In The Universe

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, June 2012

THEY'RE CALLING IT a masterpiece. That's the way when these beloved legends come in from the cold: so welcome is their return that weaknesses are ...

Can: The Lost Tapes

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, June 2012

Can do: quintessential krautrock rescued from the archives. ...

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 ...

Chilly Gonzales: Piano Solos II

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, August 2012

THOUGH HE'S BEST known for his mischievous, multiple redefinitions of hip hop – including his last release which, he claimed, was the world's first orchestral ...

Grizzly Bear: Shields

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, September 2012

WITH OPENING track 'Sleeping Ute''s initially perplexing time signature and the subsequent psychedelic noises that tear from the speaker to speaker, it's clear success hasn't ...

Nils Frahm: Screws

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, September 2012

WHILE A MUSICIAN'S ability to overcome the temporary loss of a thumb certainly doesn't match the achievements of the Paralympians last summer, there's something similarly ...

The xx: Coexist (Young Turks)

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

Refined progression, this is the sound of a band both expanding and consolidating. ...

Cody Chesnutt: Cody ChesnuTT: Landing On A Hundred

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, November 2012

IF YOU'RE OF the opinion that soul music in the 21st Century lacks the authenticity of its golden late 1960s/early 1970s period, then Cody ChesnuTT's ...

Lindstrøm: Smallhans

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, November 2012

WHEN HANS-PETER Lindstrøm released Six Cups Of Rebel earlier this year, fans of the Norwegian producer might have wondered what they were putting in the ...

The Weeknd: Trilogy

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

"YOU DON'T KNOW, what's in store." The opening line on this major-label compilation from Abel Tesfaye, aka The Weeknd, isn't entirely accurate. Trilogy does feature ...

Tracey Thorn: Tinsel and Lights

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, November 2012

DECEMBER'S NORMALLY dominated by chart artists seeking to grab a slice of Christmas pie, whether it be Dean Martin, Cliff Richard or the latest X ...

The Blue Nile: A Walk Across the Rooftops (Collector's Edition)

Review by Chris Roberts, bbc.co.uk, 21 November 2012

1984'S A WALK Across the Rooftops remains unique in its fusion of chilly technology and a pitch of confessional, romantic soul that "alternative" types would ...

John Cale: Shifty Adventures In Nookie Wood

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, Fall 2012

IT'S UNFAIR THAT, almost half a century since their formation, John Cale remains best known for his role as co-founder of the Velvet Underground. ...

Atoms for Peace: Atoms For Peace: Amok

Review by Wyndham Wallace, bbc.co.uk, February 2013

Radiohead frontman remains instantly recognisable despite electronic disguise. ...

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