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Lisa Verrico

Lisa Verrico

Lisa Verrico has written extensively on music for Vox, The Guardian, The Observer, the Times and the Sunday Times. Among other publications, Lisa co-authored the autobiography of Noddy Holder.

Author pic by Dwayne Senior

List of articles in the library by artist

Christina Aguilera, Las Ketchup: Las Ketchup: Hijas del Tomate/Christina Aguilera: Stripped

Review by Lisa Verrico, Times, The, October 2002

CURRENTLY TOP of the charts not only in their native Spain but right across Europe and — as of Sunday — in Britain as well, ...

Marc Almond: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Lisa Verrico, Times, The, March 2017

"I'VE STILL GOT it," purred Marc Almond, midway through this fabulous show, as much to himself as to the audience. The rowdy response that greeted ...

Altered Images, Five Star, The Human League, Kim Wilde: Human League/Kim Wilde/Altered Images et al: Cardiff Arena

Live Review by Lisa Verrico, Times, The, December 2002

YOU CAN LOOK back as fondly on the '80s as you like, but the truth is the music back then was as hit-and-miss as it ...

Beck: Def Beck

Profile and Interview by Lisa Verrico, Vox, June 1994

How can Beck be a Loser? He's ridiculed MTV, yet it still gives heavy rotation to this Kansas runt and his band of OAPs. ...

Justin Bieber: Hyde Park, London

Live Review by Lisa Verrico, Times, The, July 2017

Despite having a heavy cold, the bad boy of pop strutted, sauntered and delivered a mesmerising set. ...

Black Grape, Happy Mondays: Black Grape: Forget It All For An Instant

Interview by Lisa Verrico, Vox, July 1995

After all the pills, thrills and bellyaches, Shaun Ryder felt peckish — so he nipped off to Kentucky Fried Chicken. It took him three years ...

Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Martine McCutcheon: Jennifer Lopez: This is Me… Then/Mariah Carey: Charmbracelet/Martine McCutcheon: Musicality

Review by Lisa Verrico, Times, The, November 2002

ON HER NEW album, Jennifer Lopezhas cannily mixed her real life romance with her music. So listening to This is Me… Then feels a little ...

Clean Bandit: Many Strings to their Bow

Interview by Lisa Verrico, Sunday Times, June 2017

With a trail of monster hits and guests such as Elton John and Jess Glynne, the Bandits rule, says Lisa Verrico. ...

Evan Dando, The Go-Betweens: Evan Dando: Baby I'm Bored/The Go-Betweens: Bright Yellow Bright Orange

Review by Lisa Verrico, Times, The, February 2003

A DECADE AGO, Evan Dando was pretty much the perfect pop star. He was a tousle-haired, scatterbrained blond who posed for teen magazines with his ...

Craig David, Romeo, Justin Timberlake: Justin Timberlake: Justified; Craig David: Slicker than Your Average: Romeo: Solid Love

Review by Lisa Verrico, Times, The, November 2002

MICHAEL JACKSON may be all but written off, so there's a vacancy for a King of Pop. Having once been betrothed to Britney Spears, the ...

Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth: Dinosaur Jr.: Walk The Dinosaur

Interview by Lisa Verrico, Vox, March 1993

J. MASCIS IS a grunge fashion guru; all others turn to his band Dinosaur Jr. for inspiration. Indeed, the Seattle scene all but sprang from ...

DJ Krush: MiLight (Mo' Wax)

Review by Lisa Verrico, Vox, September 1997

TOKYO! BUM RUSH THE SHOW ...

Missy Elliott, Hil St. Soul, Shania Twain: Shania Twain: Up!; Missy Elliott: Under Construction; Hil St Soul: Copasetik & Cool

Review by Lisa Verrico, Times, The, November 2002

Why settle for the pleasantly inoffensive tunes of Shania Twain when Missy Elliott and her posse are busy rewriting the hip-hop rulebook. ...

Bryan Ferry: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Lisa Verrico, Times, The, October 2002

WITH CLASSY CROONERS back in fashion, the Roxy Music reunion could not have been better timed. It was perfect for Bryan Ferry, the band's suave ...

Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Lisa Verrico, Times, The, October 2002

IN THE MID-'90s Beth Gibbons could have pulled a crowd just by reading names from a phone book. She was one of the hippest singers ...

Guru: Goodbye to all that Jazz: Guru's Jazzmatazz

Report and Interview by Lisa Verrico, Times, The, October 2000

LATE LAST YEAR Guru, the rapper from Gang Starr, compiled a wish-list of artists he wanted to work with on his upcoming Jazzmatazz album. ...

PJ Harvey: Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea

Review by Lisa Verrico, Times, The, October 2000

HEARING P J Harvey's new album, Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (Universal) is like coming home to find your studious little sister ...

Jay Z: Jay-Z: The Blueprint 2

Review by Lisa Verrico, Times, The, December 2002

DESPITE HAVING THE biggest forehead in hip hop, Jay-Z would never name an album after anything cerebral. His follow-up to last year's triple platinum The ...

JJ72: The Forum, London

Live Review by Lisa Verrico, Times, The, October 2002

WITH THE resurgence of rock and a thriving nu-metal scene, there hasn't been much mention of indie music recently. Once the staple of student unions ...

Elton John: Twickenham Stoop Stadium, TW2

Live Review by Lisa Verrico, Times, The, June 2017

The singer was back where he feels at most home – on stage, in sparkles, sitting sideways on a stool. ...

Luscious Jackson: The New York four-piece couch their songs of womanhood in a laidback, yet energetic, jazzy groove…

Report and Interview by Lisa Verrico, Vox, November 1994

NATURAL INGREDIENTS, the first full-length album from female New York four-piece Luscious Jackson, is the follow-up to World Clique that Deee-Lite never made – funky, ...

Metallica: House of Vans, London

Live Review by Lisa Verrico, Times, The, November 2016

The world's biggest metal band returned to their club roots with a tight, super-loud show that sent the sweat-soaked crowd into meltdown. ...

Youssou N'Dour: The Forum, London

Live Review by Lisa Verrico, Times, The, December 2002

YOUSSOU N'DOUR has much to thank his mother for. On her advice, this year, the Senegalese superstar stopped trying to please the pop audience that ...

The Orb: Live '93 (Island COO 8022)

Review by Lisa Verrico, Vox, January 1994

Q. WHAT'S THE difference between The Orb in concert and The Orb in the studio? A. An amazing light show, a revolving spiky symbol and ...

Dolly Parton: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Live Review by Lisa Verrico, Times, The, November 2002

SOMEWHERE BETWEEN the big boobs and blond wig that have come to define Dolly Parton lies one of music's business brains. ...

Pink: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Lisa Verrico, Times, The, November 2002

THERE WERE TWO types of female fan at Pink's Brixton Academy gig. ...

Primal Scream, Andrew Weatherall: Andy Weatherall: Pick and Remix

Interview by Lisa Verrico, Vox, November 1994

Andy Weatherall twiddled the knobs that turned a Primals ditty into a House classic, and got himself a job for life ...

LeAnn Rimes, Saint Etienne, Holly Valance: Holly Valance: Footsteps/LeAnn Rimes: Twisted Angel/Saint Etienne: Finisterre

Review by Lisa Verrico, Times, The, October 2002

BEFORE BOY BANDS began breeding it was singing soap stars who were the plankton of pop. ...

The Roots: Phrenology

Review by Lisa Verrico, Times, The, December 2002

ON PAPER, 2002 has been a bumper year for hip hop. Eminem was man of the moment again, Ashanti appeared out of nowhere and shot ...

Shea Seger: Borderline, London

Live Review by Lisa Verrico, Times, The, October 2000

THANKS TO THE likes of Liz Phair, Tori Amos and Alanis Morissette, the '90s saw strong but emotionally fragile, female singer-songwriters become big business. ...

Shakira: Latin Chancer

Profile by Lisa Verrico, Times, The, December 2002

Shakira should forget the political posturing, says Lisa Verrico, and stick to what she does best — making music and looking good. ...

Shakira: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Lisa Verrico, Times, The, December 2002

NO MATTER where you sat in Wembley Arena on Monday night, you were never far from open-mouthed men trying not to drool at this year's ...

Snoop (Doggy) Dogg: Snoop Doggy Dogg: What's Your Problem? Absent fathers

Interview by Lisa Verrico, Vox, April 1994

SNOOP DOGGY Dogg, born Calvin Broadus, was brought up by his mother in the working-class suburb of Long Beach, Los Angeles. From early adolescence, when ...

Rod Stewart: It Had To Be You ... The Great American Songbook

Review by Lisa Verrico, Times, The, November 2002

IN BRITAIN, Rod Stewarthasn't a hope of ever being hip again. Like Elton John, he can still sell out shows, but only if he stuffs ...

Suede: Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Lisa Verrico, Times, The, November 2002

NO BAND STAYS hip for ever and Suede have been falling out of favour for a few years now, but the tepid reaction to their ...

Sugababes: Music profile: Sugababes

Profile and Interview by Lisa Verrico, Times, The, November 2002

Sassier than Atomic Kitten, classier than Mis-Teeq, the new Sugababes are the girl group it’s OK for grown-ups to like, claims Lisa Verrico. ...

Lewis Taylor: Hanover Grand, London

Live Review by Lisa Verrico, Times, The, October 2000

IF ADORATION always equalled wealth, Lewis Taylor would be living in a Regent's Park penthouse rather than a first- floor flat in the North London ...

TLC: Reheated Left Eye leftovers

Review by Lisa Verrico, Times, The, November 2002

RATHER THAN spell the end of TLC, the death of Lisa Lopes earlier this year in a car accident has meant a bit of a ...

The Wedding Present: Wedding Sells

Interview by Lisa Verrico, Vox, January 1993

Twelve Top 30 hits into 1992, David Gedge tells VOX that indie giants the Wedding Present are "not fashionable any more". ...

Wolf Alice: Choose Life in a Rock Doc

Profile and Interview by Lisa Verrico, Sunday Times, January 2017

FOR A BAND currently soundtracking the T2 Trainspotting trailer and chosen by Michael Winterbottom as the subject of his latest rock documentary On the Road, ...

Xzibit: Forum, London

Live Review by Lisa Verrico, Times, The, November 2002

FOR THE PAST few years, Xzibit has been tipped to become a hip hop superstar. Yet despite teaming up with Dr Dre on his last ...

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