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dotmusic.co.uk was a music website that existed as a standalone website from June 1995 to December 2003. Initially intended as the web complement to the UK music industry trade magazine Music Week, the site was relaunched in December 1998 as a website for music fans with features, interviews and the UK Charts. In 2003 the site was sold to Yahoo!

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Republica: The Spice Of Success

Report and Interview by Martin Aston, dotmusic.co.uk, 17 August 1998

BMG UK chairman Richard Griffiths' streamlining approach to the label's British operations looks fortunate for DeConstruction signings REPUBLICA, whose second album Speed Ballads is set ...

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 ...

Swing Out Sister: Somewhere Deep In The Night

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, Spring 2002

'80s chart stars baulk the nostalgia circuit for Zero 7's atmospheric dimension. ...

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 ...

Linkin Park: Meteora

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

LINKIN PARK'S debut album, Hybrid Theory, sold an enviable 14 million copies, rating it as America's biggest selling album of 2001, picking up a Grammy ...

Toni Braxton: More Than A Woman

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

IN A DECADE that's elevated R&B from loved-up swing beat to bling bling attitude and furious innovation, Toni Braxton's consistently played the grumpy older sister. ...

Macy Gray: The Trouble With Being Myself

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

BILLIE HOLIDAY on helium croak and scary hair aside, Macy Gray's greatest attribute is her lyrical persona as a kooky psycho screwball with a heart ...

Eels: Shootenanny!

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 2 June 2003

EELS MAINSTAY E is a misunderstood man. Even his name is misunderstood – E apparently being Mark Oliver Everett's childhood nickname (all his friends were ...

Wheatus: Hand Over Your Loved Ones

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 11 August 2003

WHEATUS' BRENDAN B. Brown may have a whiny voice and sing comical, throwaway songs about mean people, but he's not stupid. Far from it. He ...

Dido: Life For Rent

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

EVERYBODY LOVES a happy ending. And in 2000 the Dido story provided one guaranteed to appeal to the British sense of fair play and love ...

Tim Burgess: I Believe

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

BARRING SOME marketing miracle or a sudden upsurge in the popularity of sweetly sentimental country rock, the Charlatans' Tim Burgess is about to receive the ...

Elvis Presley: Elvis: 2nd To None

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

WHEN IS IT time to say no more, enough's enough? When does the careful reordering, repackaging and re-releasing of an icon's back catalogue become merciless ...

Sugababes: Three

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

NOT TO PUT too fine a point on it, in the space of two years and two albums the Sugababes changed the face of pop. ...

Holly Valance: State Of Mind

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

THE TIMING COULDN'T be worse. Just as Holly Valance, the ex-Neighbours starlet who became an instant sex kitten in 2002 with her debut single 'Kiss ...

Sia: Colour The Small One

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

THERE CAN BE few people with ears who wouldn't recognise the jazzy slurs of Sia Furler's voice. ...

Prince: Musicology

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

BEING A PRINCE fan is a thankless task. Second only to waiting for the return of Jesus himself, waiting for the greatest pop innovator of ...

Dilated Peoples: Neighborhood Watch

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 12 April 2004

DILATED PEOPLES' progress from hip hop underground to world stage is slow, but unmistakable. Three albums in, their belief that success and integrity don't have ...

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 ...

Dogs Die In Hot Cars: Please Describe Yourself

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 12 July 2004

IT MAY HAVE taken us Brits a little longer than our US cousins to catch on, but make no mistake, the UK leg of the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

John Legend: Get Lifted (Sony BMG)

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

WHILE R&B and hip hop albums are notoriously hit and miss in the quality stakes, for the last six years at least, there has been ...

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 ...

Moby: Hotel

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

ONCE TAGGED the "Iggy Pop Of Techno", New York electronica geek Moby's come a long way. ...

Faithless: Forever Faithless

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 16 May 2005

FAITHLESS'S SHOWINGS in the singles charts might not bag them as one of the biggest players of the '90s dance boom, but with 10 million ...

Armand Van Helden: Nympho

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

BEING A SUPERSTAR DJ in the year 2005 isn't all it was once cracked up to be. The limos, the girls, the record sales and ...

Hard-Fi: Stars Of CCTV

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

IF THE '90s indie-revolution taught us anything, it's to never get carried away. Just because it's part of a movement doesn't mean it's good. ...

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 ...

Supergrass: Road To Rouen

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

WHILE RECORDING their fifth album in a converted barn in Rouen, Normandy, may have given Supergrass an opportunity too good to miss for the title's ...

Craig David: The Story Goes…

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 22 August 2005

COMEDIAN LEIGH FRANCIS, creator of Avid Merrion and Bo' Selector!, is a mercilessly savage and insightful impressionist. And of all the pop stars he's mocked, ...

David Gray: Life In Slow Motion

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

FIRST THE GOOD news: two albums on from White Ladder, David Gray has lost none of his fragile humanity or bleary-eyed longing. ...

Goldie Lookin' Chain: Safe As Fuck (Atlantic)

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 19 September 2005

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

Katie Melua: Piece By Piece (Dramatico)

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 26 September 2005

CHANCES ARE THAT most of the 1.8 million UK residents who bought Katie Melua's debut album, Call Off The Search, did so as a result ...

Lil' Kim: The Naked Truth (Atlantic)

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 29 September 2005

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

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 ...

Mary J. Blige: Mary J Blige: The Breakthrough

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 19 December 2005

THE EIGHTH ALBUM of Mary J Blige's 13 year career, is, like so many before it, a slick and elegant record. Another quality product from ...

Jason Mraz: Mr. A-Z

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

THE UK CHARTS' obsession with all things American may suggest otherwise, but there are some US musical offerings which we Brits just can't seem to ...

Chris Brown: Chris Brown

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 6 February 2006

IN BROAD TERMS, the great and good of R&B can be split into two camps: those rewriting the rules of modern music, and those doin' ...

Prince: 3121

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

HANG OUT THE bunting, have ticker-tape at the ready and breathe a collective sigh of relief. There's news from the front, and it's all good. ...

Charlatans, The (UK): The Charlatans: Simpatico

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 17 April 2006

IF ROCK POINTS were awarded purely on the basis of longevity, the Charlatans would certainly be counting in double figures. ...

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

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 25 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 ...

Fatboy Slim: Why Try Harder – The Greatest Hits

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

AS NATIONAL institutions go, few are as loved as Norman Cook. Taken to the nation's heart as much for the not-afraid-to-make-a-fool-of-himself attitude of his Hawaiian ...

Sandi Thom: Smile… It Confuses People

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 12 June 2006

EVEN WITH everyone now claiming to have been "discovered" on the internet, the story of latest overnight-online-success, twenty-four year-old Sandi Thom, is still pretty fantastic.  ...

Scissor Sisters: Ta-Dah

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 18 September 2006

IN 2004, NYC glitter ball funsters Scissor Sisters were, without question, Britain's most reliable source of pop hits. ...

P. Diddy: Press Play

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

SAYING THAT P Diddy is a unique individual is putting it politely. At once influential and laughable, a new album from the man who took ...

Fergie: The Dutchess (Polydor)

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 25 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 ...

George Michael: Twenty Five

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 20 November 2006

WHILE THE AWARDS, accolades and warm sense of achievement are all nice, the best thing about having a pop career that's survived a quarter of ...

Take That: Beautiful World (Polydor)

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 27 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 ...

Flavor Flav: Flavor Flav

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 18 December 2006

SO HERE IT IS. The one and only Flavor Flav, releasing what he's promising will be his one and only solo album. ...

The Decemberists: The Crane Wife

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 29 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 ...

Jessica Simpson: A Public Affair

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

IF WISHING MADE it so, Jessica Simpson would be the biggest pop star on the planet. ...

Natasha Bedingfield: NB (Sony)

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

THE GREATEST GIFT AN older sibling can give is the chance to learn from their mistakes. Natasha Bedingfield, formerly known as the younger sister of ...

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. ...

R. Kelly: Double Up

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 4 June 2007

LADIES AND gentlemen, please be upstanding and make way for R Kelly and his monumental ego. Breathe-in or we might not fit it all in. ...

Rihanna: Good Girl Gone Bad (Def Jam/Mercury)

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 4 June 2007

SOMEONE, somewhere is suddenly taking Rihanna a lot more seriously. Maybe it's the consistency with which her short career has delivered hits — step forward ...

Velvet Revolver: Libertad

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 2 July 2007

IT'S 20 YEARS since Guns N' Roses released Appetite For Destruction and put the sex and drugs back into rock n' roll. But don't expect ...

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

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 9 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 ...

Foo Fighters: Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace

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

EVERYONE LOVES the Foo Fighters, and with good reason. ...

Hard-Fi: Once Upon A Time In The West

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 3 September 2007

IT'S A CLICHÉ but it's true. Second albums are difficult. And not just to make. The follow-up to an instant classic which has spent the ...

Jennifer Lopez: Brave (Epic/Sony)

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

HOW TIMES have changed for Jennifer Lopez. Once the love interest of R&B-hip hop's most megalomaniacal Badboy, mogul Sean "Puffy-Diddy" Combs, and famously caught up ...

Soulja Boy Tell'em: SouljaBoyTellem.com

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

THE MOST-VIEWED artist website on the internet. A record-breaking Myspace page. Seven weeks at the top of the US charts (singles, airplay and ringtone), a ...

Chris Brown: Exclusive

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 5 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. ...

Leona Lewis: Spirit (Sony BMG)

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 12 November 2007

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

Alicia Keys: As I Am

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 19 November 2007

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

Janet Jackson: Discipline

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 25 February 2008

THERE IS SOMETHING unbelievably painful about listening to Janet Jackson being sexy – the fine line between saucy and embarrassing being something she's clearly never ...

Mystery Jets: Twenty One

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 24 March 2008

BY THEIR OWN admission, the second album from Eel Pie Island's favourite young sons, Mystery Jets, is a very different record to 2006's Making Dens. ...

Usher: Here I Stand

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 26 April 2008

USHER RAYMOND'S last album, 2004's Confessions sold a staggering 19 million albums. It took him from R&B superstar to global pop phenomenon, earned him three ...

Moby: Last Night (Mute)

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 21 May 2008

FOR A MINUTE there, it looked like it had all gone horribly wrong for Moby. The underground techno geek who shot from basement club obscurity ...

UNKLE: End Titles… Stories For Film (Surrender All)

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 11 August 2008

EXACTLY A DECADE ago, Psyence Fiction, the debut album from Mo' Wax label boss James Lavelle and his then musical partner DJ Shadow, stood as ...

The Jonas Brothers: Jonas Brothers: A Little Bit Longer

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

FOR THE UNINITIATED, the Jonas Brothers are the American Busted. Three nice middle class boys who've come to kick identikit, squeaky clean bubblegum pop into ...

Will Young: Let It Go

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

IT'S A UNIQUELY English popstar affliction, humbleness. And it's not attractive. Far from endearing, coyness, self-depreciation or lord forbid, cheeky humour in pop can be ...

New Kids On The Block: The Block

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 8 September 2008

WHILE FEW probably expected the return of the fivesome who practically invented the modern boyband to be great, few could have predicted that it could ...

Sugababes: Catfights And Spotlights

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

ACCORDING TO reports, the Sugababes plan a hiatus following the release of this their sixth album while founding 'Babe Keisha Buchanan fulfils her ambition to ...

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

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 20 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 ...

Jason Donovan: Let It Be Me

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 17 November 2008

HAVING DRAGGED himself out of his mid-'90s drugs haze and back into the nation's affections via the medium of musical theatre, the soft-focus tone of ...

Kanye West: 808s & Heartbreak

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 24 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 ...

Lemar: The Reason

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 24 November 2008

OBVIOUSLY LEMAR doesn't have Estelle's phone number. Shame. He could have called her for advice before setting off for America to record his fourth album. ...

Kelly Clarkson: All I Ever Wanted

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, March 2009

IN MATTERS OF ART there's no right, no wrong, just opinion. ...

Pet Shop Boys: Yes

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, March 2009

WHILE THE unexpectedly sharp return-to-form of last album, 2006's Fundamental, confirmed that the Pet Shop Boys should never be discounted, it's been more than a ...

The Noisettes: Wild Young Hearts

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, April 2009

EVEN AS THE first angular, punky releases from the Noisettes' 2007 debut, What Time Is It Mr. Wolf?,were earning the London trio underground approval and ...

Bat For Lashes: Two Suns

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 6 April 2009

CONCEPT ALBUMS are always a bad idea. Fact. Concepts take over; lyrics, melodies, songs merely a way of fulfilling them. The concept of Natasha "Bat ...

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