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Dan Gennoe

Dan Gennoe

Dan Gennoe is a London-based freelance journalist & author. He's written features, interviews and reviews for the likes of Esquire, GQ, Arena, FHM, Q Magazine, Mojo, Red, Time Out, The Independent and The Mail On Sunday. Dan also writes books, both fiction and non-fiction, and has ghost written the odd celebrity biography.

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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 ...

Christina Aguilera: Back To Basics (RCA)

Review by Dan Gennoe, Yahoo! Music, 14 August 2006

OF COURSE, the downside to success is that all those people who really do know better suddenly become reluctant to say "No". Even when they ...

Christina Aguilera: Stripped (RCA) **

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, January 2003

Mini pop diva reinvents herself as Pink. ...

All Saints: Saints & Sinners (London 8573 85295 2)

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, November 2000

Fallen Angels: Only divine intervention can save them now... ...

Shola Ama: Soul Satisfaction

Interview by Dan Gennoe, Flipside, 1999

The girl who was discovered singing on a tube station at the age of 15, picked up 2 MOBOs and 1 Brit award, and scored ...

Anastacia: Anastacia (Epic)

Review by Dan Gennoe, Yahoo! Music, March 2004

FOR ANASTACIA, the three years since her second album Freak Of Nature confirmed her as the owner of the biggest set of lungs in pop, ...

India.Arie: Testimony: Vol.1, Life & Relationship

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, August 2006

WITH HER THIRD album, nu-soul voice of reason India.Arie answers the question, how much wisdom is too much. ...

Ashanti: Saviour Of The Ballad

Interview by Dan Gennoe, Q, August 2002

"LEAVE!" Ashanti Douglas is not amused. ...

Erykah Badu: New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)

Review by Dan Gennoe, Yahoo! Music, March 2008

IN 1997, from out of nowhere, Erykah Badu delivered one of the most significant albums of modern R&B. ...

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 ...

The Beautiful South: A Drink With… Paul Heaton

Interview by Dan Gennoe, Esquire, January 2002

BEAUTIFUL SOUTH singer Paul Heaton, is an unlikely popstar. He never wanted fame, riches or to sing, and formed his first band, the Housemartins with ...

The Beautiful South: Paul Heaton

Interview by Dan Gennoe, Red, 2004

"I'M A BIG FAN of black comedy," says Paul Heaton of the Beautiful South's latest album Golddiggas, Headnodders & Pholk Songs, a collection of cover ...

The Beautiful South: Solid Bronze – Great Hits

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 2001

New and improved greatest hits. Every pub should have one. ...

Victoria Beckham: Victoria Beckham

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 2001

It's vocoder-a-go-go as Posh Spice gets personal ...

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 ...

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 ...

Blak Twang: Kik Off

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 2002

MOBO winner and friend of the Wu Tang raises Brit-hop's game. ...

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 ...

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. ...

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. ...

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' ...

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 ...

Busta Rhymes: A Drink With Busta Rhymes

Interview by Dan Gennoe, Esquire, 2003

ESQUIRE: What's your poison? ...

Mariah Carey: The Emancipation Of Mimi

Review by Dan Gennoe, Yahoo! Music, April 2005

IN TRUTH, there's nothing more entertaining than watching a celebrity having a breakdown. ...

Mariah Carey: E=MC2 (Island)

Review by Dan Gennoe, Yahoo! Music, April 2008

MARIAH CAREY is famous for many things, but until now, being depressing wasn't one of them. ...

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. ...

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. ...

Ciara: Fantasy Ride (RCA)

Review by Dan Gennoe, Yahoo! Music, May 2009

AS MOVES GO, Ciara enlisting Justin Timberlake to help take her from niche R&B starlet all the way to the top of the charts was ...

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 ...

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. ...

Kelly Clarkson: My December

Review by Dan Gennoe, dotmusic.co.uk, 25 June 2007

KELLY CLARKSON deserves the admiration and respect of everyone. Fan, detractor, or indifferent bystander with as much interest in the career of the first winner ...

Coldcut: Ninja Tune: Way Of The Ninja

Profile and Interview by Dan Gennoe, 7, 2000

TEN YEARS AGO COLDCUT DECIDED THEY'D HAD ENOUGH OF TOP OF THE POPS AND SET-UP UP NINJA TUNE. XENCUTS, THE ORGY OF FREE-THINKING DECKS, BEATS ...

Bootsy Collins: Play With Bootsy

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, Summer 2002

AS A WIGGED-OUT space cadet, Bootsy Collins is unrivalled. Unfortunately, the former Parliament and Funkadelic bass player's solo output has rarely warranted as much attention ...

Dashboard Confessional: The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 2002

IF THE "EMO" fraternity need a hero, Florida's Christopher Carrabba, aka Dashboard Confessional, is their man. Hurling a barrage of poetic abuse and violently chugging ...

Dashboard Confessional: MTV Unplugged 2.0

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 2003

Softly spoken EMO hero gets crushed by overzealous fans. ...

Craig David

Interview by Dan Gennoe, Front, 2000

With The Artful Dodger and a cry of "Re-e-wind, the crowd say bo selecta!" Craig David boinked his way up the Christmas charts. Only God, ...

Craig David

Profile and Interview by Dan Gennoe, Making Music, 2000

CRAIG DAVID couldn't be more successful if he tried. At 19 he already has two No. 1 singles to his name – the first of ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Faithless: Re-Perspective

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 2002

AS THIS COLLECTION of reworked tracks from last year's Outrospective album makes all too clear, Faithless don't wear remixes well. So reliant are their songs ...

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 ...

Faithless, John Martyn, Sister Bliss: Sister Bliss & John Martyn

Interview by Dan Gennoe, 7, 21 February 2001

SHE'S THE FIRST LADY OF HOUSE, HE'S A LIVING FOLK LEGEND. SHE LIKES GOSPEL, HE LIKES JUNGLE. THEY ARE THE ODD COUPLE AND THEY'RE TAKING ...

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 ...

Feeder: Echo Park (Echo ECHCD34)

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, May 2001

Monster Munch: Will still leave you feeling hungry half an hour later. ...

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 ...

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. ...

Foo Fighters: Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace

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

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

Foo Fighters, Nirvana: Monster of Rock: Dave Grohl

Profile and Interview by Dan Gennoe, Mail On Sunday, 16 September 2007

DAVE GROHL IS TIRED. Pulling a back-crunching, jaw-cranking comedy stretch, he twists, grits his immaculate white teeth and let's out a little squeak. Finished, he ...

Fun Lovin' Criminals: Bag Of Hits

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, Summer 2002

CONTRARY TO the half-arsed fumblings suggested by their permanently stoned expressions and carefully cultivated image of hapless bums who lucked into a record deal, the ...

Fun Lovin' Criminals: Lock, Stock & One Smokin' Criminal

Interview by Dan Gennoe, Flipside, 1999

From the mean streets of New York to the palm trees of Hawaii, Flipside talks herbs, pasta, cocktails, garlic and garbage with Fun Lovin' Criminal ...

Gay Dad: Transmission

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 2001

The biggest of next big things return, older, wiser and slightly miffed. ...

Ginuwine: The Senior (Epic)

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, April 2003

THOUGH ECLIPSED by his Missy Elliott/Aaliyah/Justin Timberlake collaborations, producer Tim "Timbaland" Mosley's partnership with R&B loverman Ginuwine has been a remarkable one. ...

Goldfrapp: Felt Mountain

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, October 2000

OWING NO SMALL debt to an era when chilling strings and abstract electronica followed Michael Caine’s every move, and French pop was effortlessly romantic, the ...

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. ...

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. ...

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 ...

CeeLo Green: Cee Lo Green: Cee Lo Green And His Perfect Imperfections

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 2002

Goodie Mob star scores another homerun for the Atlanta hip hop massive ...

Groove Armada: Soundboy Rock

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

SOME ACTS whip up a frenzy of anticipation and excitement without even trying. Groove Armada aren't one of them. ...

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 ...

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. ...

Imogen Heap

Profile and Interview by Dan Gennoe, Making Music, June 1998

7PM AND THE West London pub where Making Music is currently propping up the bar is starting to fill up in anticipation of the Italy ...

Paris Hilton: Heir Raising: Paris Hilton: Paris Hilton (Warners) ***

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, September 2006

Not just an over-exposed millionairess, then. ...

INXS: Definitive

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 2002

FIVE YEARS after singer Michael Hutchence's death, INXS are making their much threatened comeback, fronted by Jon Stevens from fellow Aussie rockers Noiseworks. ...

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 ...

Jamiroquai: A Funk Odyssey

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 2001

JAMIROQUAI/JAY KAY has shrugged off many a jibe about his disco-funk devotion – not to mention hats, dancing... But if 16 million album sales haven't ...

Jamiroquai: Jay Kay: The Esquire Interview

Interview by Dan Gennoe, Esquire, 2001

THERE ARE DOGS and there are dogs. The two German Shepherds growling and baring teeth on the drive of Jay Kay's Buckinghamshire estate, are the ...

Jamiroquai: Jay Kay

Profile and Interview by Dan Gennoe, Notion, June 2005

THERE ARE rock-star houses and then there's Jay Kay's rock-star house. A two hundred year-old, 10 bedroom manor – it was 11 until he knocked ...

Jamiroquai's Automaton

Profile and Interview by Dan Gennoe, Virgin Records, March 2017

IT'S A BEAUTIFUL spring day in a quiet corner of the English countryside. Water gently runs in a stream, birds cheerfully sing in the trees ...

Jamiroquai's Jay Kay

Profile and Interview by Dan Gennoe, Time Out Dubai, 2003

THE HEAT IS unbearable. It's not yet midday, and the sky covering the 72 acres that Jamiroquai's double-jointed singer, Jay Kay, calls home is blue ...

Jay Z: The Life And Times Of Jay-Z: An Interview

Interview by Dan Gennoe, Flipside, 1999

REMIND SHAWN CARTER, aka Jay-Z, that his last long player, Vol.2...Hard Knock Life, which spawned the Annie-sampling single of the same name, sold 5 million ...

Jay Z, R Kelly: R. Kelly & Jay-Z: Unfinished Business

Review by Dan Gennoe, Yahoo! Music, October 2004

R. KELLY AND JAY-Z. Whichever way you cut it, it's an odd pairing. ...

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 ...

Joan As Policewoman: Joan As Police Woman: Real Life

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 2007

FOR JOAN WASSER, having to defer her debut due to viola playing commitments with Antony And The Johnsons, Rufus Wainwright and Scissor Sisters was probably ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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. ...

Alicia Keys: Songs In A Minor

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 2001

Classically trained pianist harks back to R&B's pre-Timbaland roots with sublime debut album. ...

Alicia Keys: The Diary Of Alicia Keys

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, January 2004

FOR ALL THE international superstars and great songs latter-day R&B's spawned, its tally of indispensable albums is shamefully low. ...

Beverley Knight

Profile and Interview by Dan Gennoe, Making Music, Summer 2002

"I'M BRITISH and I'm proud," barks 27-year-old soul singer Beverley Knight with an earnest expression and a shake of her chop sticks. ...

Avril Lavigne: Let Go

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, September 2002

A 17-YEAR-OLD skate chick with the face of a rebellious angel and attitude to match, singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne should be the answer to every record ...

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 ...

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. ...

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. ...

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. ...

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 ...

Jennifer Lopez: This Is Me…Then (Epic)

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 2002

Actress/diva switches on the autopilot ...

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 ...

Jennifer Lopez: On The 6

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 1999

Popstar/actress' debut album where she tried to topple Gloria Estefan. She didn't. ...

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 ...

Madonna

Retrospective by Dan Gennoe, Q Icons, Fall 2004

THE EXECUTIVES at MTV must have thought God himself was shining a light on them. In 1984, for the first Video Music Awards, they needed ...

Madonna: American Life

Review by Dan Gennoe, Yahoo! Music, April 2003

AS A single, Madonna's 'American Life' is both a clever cultural statement and a crushing disappointment. ...

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 ...

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 ...

Missy Elliott: The Cookbook (Atlantic/Goldmind)

Review by Dan Gennoe, Yahoo! Music, 2005

IN HER nine year career, Missy Elliott's barely put a foot wrong. And she's not about to start with album number six. ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

Mr. Scruff: Mr Scruff: Trouser Jazz

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 2002

A DEVOTEE OF jumble sale chic, Andy "Mr.Scruff" Carthy's curious cut'n'paste creations – made famous-ish by the vintage jazz scatting of single 'Get A Move ...

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 ...

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. ...

Nas: I Am… (Columbia)

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 1999

1999: the year rap's most potent force joined the rank and file ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Orson: Bright Idea

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

GIVEN THAT Orson's singer, Jason Pebworth, used to be in the US production of Phantom Of The Opera and that he professes to both a ...

Outkast: OutKast: Idlewild

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 2006

ANYONE FEARING that the Day-Glo brilliance of 2003's triple Grammy winner, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, might have marked the height of the Atlanta duo's R&B powers ...

Paolo Nutini: These Streets (Atlantic)

Review by Dan Gennoe, Yahoo! Music, June 2006

LOVE OR LOATHE the likes of James Blunt and David Gray — and by all accounts there are plenty on both sides of that particular ...

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 ...

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 ...

Pink: I’m Not Dead

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, Spring 2006

AFTER INSTIGATING the '80s rock revival currently sweeping the hit factories of US pop, it's only fair that Pink should now get to be its ...

Pink: Killer Queen: Pink: Try This (Arista/BMG) ****

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, December 2003

Come in, Madonna, your time is finally up ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

Prince: The Man With No Name

Retrospective by Dan Gennoe, Q, 2004

NOTE: Article from a special edition of Q: 50 Years of Rock 'n' Roll 1954-2004 From Elvis to the Beatles ...

Finley Quaye

Interview by Dan Gennoe, 7, Summer 2000

HIS SUN-BLESSED DEBUT, MAVERICK A STRIKE, ESTABLISHED HIM AS A UNIQUELY GIFTED DUB-POP GENIUS. THE SUCCESS THAT FOLLOWED REPORTEDLY DROVE HIM TO THERAPY. WITH ANOTHER ...

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 ...

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 ...

Roachford: Andrew Roachford: Heart Of The Matter, Vol. 1

Review by Dan Gennoe, Pop Star Weekly, 2003

Brit-funk rocker finally realises his true calling. ...

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 ...

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. ...

S Club 7: Best… The Greatest Hits of S Club 7 (Polydor) ***

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 2003

One final reminder that there really ain't no party like an… ...

S Club 7: Sunshine (Polydor) ****

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 2001

Children In Need's favourite popstars finally move into Spice World. ...

Shea Seger

Profile and Interview by Dan Gennoe, Making Music, 2001

"I WAS SHOCKED," is the only response Shea Seger can muster as she pushes her spoon round a bowl of decidedly unappetising green soup and ...

Sia

Interview by Dan Gennoe, 7, 2001

Last year Sia, with a little help from Prokofiev, caused a unanimous dropping of jaws with her hip hop infused single taken for granted. A ...

Sia Interview

Interview by Dan Gennoe, Making Music, 2001

"PEOPLE USED TO SAY I looked like her and I used to be mortified." Sia, the diminutive Australian singer who injected a much need dose ...

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. ...

Sia: Some People Have Real Problems (Monkey Puzzle)

Review by Dan Gennoe, Yahoo! Music, January 2008

FROM THE knowingness of her third album's title, to its resurgent positivity and rediscovered humour, it's clear that things are looking up for dysfunctionally seductive ...

Sia: She Should Be So Lucky

Interview by Dan Gennoe, Independent, The, February 2004

In 2000, Sia was hailed as the best thing to come out of Australia since Kylie. It proved a lot to live up to, she ...

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. ...

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. ...

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 ...

Britney Spears: Britney

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 2001

The all-American girl shows what she's really made of ...

Gwen Stefani: Girl Powered: Gwen Stefani: Love. Angel. Music. Baby. (Interscope/Polydor) ****

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, January 2005

The new first lady of pop has arrived ...

Stereophonics: The Stereophonics Interview

Interview by Dan Gennoe, Making Music, 1998

THE MINDS OF the Stereophonics are obviously somewhere else. As they're ushered through the rain from the tent where they've been signing autographs since finishing ...

Angie Stone: Mahogany Soul

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, 2001

FAME DIDN'T COME quickly for Angie Stone. When her debut album, 2000's gospel-rich Black Diamond, did finally arrive, it was distinguished by years of graft ...

Joss Stone: Joss Stick: Joss Stone

Interview by Dan Gennoe, Mail On Sunday, 2008

JOSS STONE is smoking a fag. Crouched on the pavement outside the BBC's Maida Vale studio, a grey cardigan pulled around her, a skinny roll-up ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

Take That: Never Forget: The Ultimate Collection (RCA)

Review by Dan Gennoe, Yahoo! Music, 28 November 2005

SADLY, POP BANDS NEVER come to a happy end. And the bigger the band, the more painful the split. ...

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 ...

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.  ...

TLC: 3D

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, January 2003

Atlanta R&B trio's ill fated fourth album ...

Martina Topley-Bird

Interview by Dan Gennoe, GQ, July 2004

MARTINA TOPLEY-BIRD'S debut album, Quixotic, has been a long time coming. So long in fact, that it's become the stuff of myth, with rumours of ...

Emiliana Torrini

Report and Interview by Dan Gennoe, Voyager, Winter 2004

"IT WAS MY absolute first experience of the healing power of music," says pocket-sized Icelandic-Italian singer Emiliana Torrini of her achingly beautiful second album, Fisherman's ...

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 ...

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 ...

Usher: Confessions (Arista)

Review by Dan Gennoe, Yahoo! Music, March 2004

MAKE NO MISTAKE, when it comes to R&B, Usher Raymond is a pro. His dedication to his art could never be questioned. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Velvet Revolver: And Now Let's Go Over to the Leather Report: Velvet Revolver

Profile and Interview by Dan Gennoe, Mail On Sunday, March 2008

IF THERE'S A definition of a rock star, Scott Weiland is it. The ever-present Aviator sunglasses; the hip-jutting swagger; the slow croak of an LA ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Amy Winehouse: Frank (Island) ****

Review by Dan Gennoe, Q, December 2003

19-year-old Londoner gives polite jazz a slap. ...

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 ...

Zero 7: Zero Tolerant

Interview by Dan Gennoe, 7, 2 May 2001

HENRY BINNS & SAM HARDAKER'S FIRST TWO EPS PEGGED THEM AS THE BRITISH AIR. THEY WERE JUST THE TIP OF A VERY ETHEREAL ICEBERG. THEIR ...

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Recession Rock: How the credit crunch will make Britannia cool again

Comment by Dan Gennoe, Rock's Backpages, 26 May 2009

MONEY. IT'S NOT everything. It's a lot. But not everything. In music, it's actually more curse than blessing. Commerce is an essential element in any ...

Way Of The Ninja: Ninja Tune Records

Retrospective and Interview by Dan Gennoe, New Routes, 2003

Dan Gennoe visits the HQ of boundary pushing independent record label Ninja Tune and views their break beat blueprint for world domination. ...

Rough Trade: The Second Coming

Profile and Interview by Dan Gennoe, British Council New Routes, 2006

IN THE WORLD of independent record labels, Rough Trade is a bona fide living legend. Born in the late '70s from the West London record ...

The Second Coming of Rough Trade

Report and Interview by Dan Gennoe, New Routes, Spring 2006

IN THE WORLD of independent record labels, Rough Trade is a bona fide living legend. Born in the late '70s from the West London record ...

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