• TOP 52 ALBUMS OF 2012

    Dez 23 2012, 15h21 por Confessions87

    I feel like it gets harder to do these every year. To really keep up with the volume of great music being released takes commitment and a real passion for discovering new sounds and artists. My aim is to hear at least fifty two records thoroughly each year. Any more than that is a bonus. 2012 was a peculiar year in the sense that I feel as though no single record truly swept me off my feet. Unlike previous years where there was a clear winner that felt life-affecting in the greatest ways possible, 2012 has been an almost clinical process of getting through the slew of new releases, amongst them multiple disappointments from long-established artists and a series of overwhelmingly surprising new releases from up and coming bands.

    I've made the decision to omit Burial's Kindred only on the grounds that it was an EP and not a proper full-length. It was far and away the greatest EP I heard this year and builds on an already stunning back catalogue. …
  • Jack White - Blunderbuss

    Abr 26 2012, 10h09 por ChesterWhelks

    Published here http://treblezine.com/reviews/4062-Jack_White_Blunderbuss.html

    A decade after coming to global prominence, it seems a little incongruous for so iconic and omnipresent an auteur as Jack White to only just be issuing his debut solo offering. It's fair to say White's career has been based on reinventing the wheel, something he and Meg got so bullseye-right, with The White Stripes' red & white take on the blues, and despite having spent much of that latter half of that time producing a continuous slew of solid offerings in three concurrently running bands, White shows no signs of slacking off or getting self-indulgent on his own time. Which isn't to say that Blunderbuss (a name that could conceivably grace a White Stripes album) is the same sort of non-stop assault of big riffs that made his assumed name, rather White uses a slightly softer pallet to make the same point.

    Following the Rhodes intro of "Missing Pieces