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Roxy Music: Manifesto (Polydor)

Review by Max Bell, NME, 10 March 1979

EXACTLY SEVEN years ago — March 1972 — something stirred in the basement at Command Studios. ...

Lou Reed: The Bells (Arista)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, 28 April 1979

AH, THE BELLS, the bells…somehow I don't think this is what Victor Hugo had in mind all those years ago. However, what Slick Vic had ...

Talking Heads: Taking Heads: Fear Of Music (Sire)

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, 18 August 1979

TOM WOLFE ONCE wrote a book called The Painted Word, a thin volume of accomplished iconoclasm. In it he traces the rise and rise of ...

The Runaways: Queens Of Noise

Review by Mick Farren, NME, 29 January 1977

THE MAIN thing that's wrong with this album can be summed up in two words. They are Kim Fowley. Yes that's right. Fowley appears to ...

Allen Toussaint: Southern Nights

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, 26 April 1975

IF ALLEN TOUSSAINT ever wants to make the great album he's obviously capable of, he'd be best advised to first take a year's sabbatical from ...

Bob Geldof: Deep In The Heart Of Nowhere

Review by Barney Hoskyns, NME, 29 November 1986

WELL, SAINT Bob, here we are again. Doubtless you're expecting a right royal slagging in these pages, but that's not what I want to do. ...

Marc Bolan, T. Rex: Marc Bolan: Zinc Alloy And The Hidden Riders Of Tomorrow (EMI)

Review by Andrew Tyler, NME, 2 March 1974

I WAS HOPING the spangled dwarf was going to pull off something approaching musical competence just so as I could do my small bit to ...

Pavlov's Dog: Pampered Menial

Review by Max Bell, NME, 14 June 1975

UNLESS PAVLOV'S DOG prove to be a figment of Sandy Pearlman's crazed imagination, then their debut album must make them great white hopes for the ...

Ultravox: Systems Of Romance

Review by Ian Penman, NME, 9 September 1978

The Further Decline And Fall Of The Western World ...

Chemical Brothers, The: Apothecary Now: The Chemical Brothers : Exit Planet Dust (Junior Boys Own)

Review by Stephen Dalton, NME, 24 June 1995

THINK OF THE truly great, era-defining albums of the last 18 months. Definitely Maybe would be in there. Ill Communication and Dummy, too. ...

Echo & The Bunnymen: Porcupine (Korova)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, NME, 22 January 1983

PERHAPS IT WAS inevitable, even decreed in some heaven up "there". Maybe it’s just the third time unlucky. But if Porcupine isn’t good it isn’t ...

Slade: Sladest (Polydor)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, 29 September 1973

THE FIRST TIME I saw Slade I thought they were dreadful. It was that memorable night at the Lanchester Arts Festival when Chuck Berry cut ...

U2: Animal Lightweight: U2: Zooropa (Island)

Review by Stephen Dalton, NME, 3 July 1993

SO THE intergalactic rock megastar reclines on his Virtual Reality waterbed at the Hotel Zooropa with multiple TV screens blasting 24-hour infotainment from every wall. ...

U2: October

Review by Barney Hoskyns, NME, 10 October 1981

WHEN U2 first hit England in the twilight of 1980, a dull cry of relief rose up from rock's murky depths. U2 were "just what ...

Bruce Springsteen: Darkness On The Edge Of Town

Review by Paul Rambali, NME, 10 June 1978

So where you been, Bruce? ...

Howard Devoto, Magazine: Howard Devoto: Jerky Versions Of The Dream (Virgin)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, NME, 1983

I NEVER CARED much for Magazine. They were a group without a style, or at least a group whose style consisted in a profound lack. ...

Depeche Mode: Construction Time Again (Mute)

Review by Mat Snow, NME, 27 August 1983

"LOTS OF surprises in store/This isn’t a party/It’s a whole lot more," sings Dave Gahan in ‘More Than A Party’. It’s a song from Construction ...

Paul Young: No Parlez

Review by Barney Hoskyns, NME, August 1983

SIMPLY FOR not being Kevin Rowland or Paul Weller or Martin Fry, Paul Young fully deserves his Number One. And 'Wherever' is more than a ...

Mick Ronson - Play Don't Worry

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, 4 January 1975

DUNNO ABOUT YOU, but from where I'm sitting it seems as though you can't go on saying that someone has potential for too long unless ...

Steeleye Span: Commoner's Crown

Review by Bob Woffinden, NME, 1 February 1975

STEELEYE SPAN ALWAYS deliver on time. Commoner's Crown is the fourth offering from the Mk. III line-up in a little over three years, and they've ...


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