Review Archive
Starsailor: 'On The Outside'
Album Review - 17-10-2005
Starsailor - sort of a review
Franz Ferdinand: 'You Could Have It So Much Better'
Album Review - 3-10-2005
Franz Ferdinand: crucial step to Mount Eternal
Devendra Banhart : 'Cripple Crow'
Album Review - 19-9-2005
Devendra Banhart - equalizes artistic equilibrium
Live: Richard Hawley
The Scala, London

Live Review - 9-9-2005
Richard Hawley: artist out of but for all the times
Supergrass: 'Road to Rouen'
Album Review - 15-8-2005
Supergrass: Rouen? Nope - autoroute to Coolville
The Decemberists: 'Picaresque'
Album Review - 11-8-2005
The Decemberists: mini-symphonies of wonderment
Orange Juice: 'The Glasgow School'
Album Review - 28-7-2005
Orange Juice: echo of the sounds of pop to come
Stuart A. Staples: 'Lucky Dog Recordings '03-'04'
Album Review - 22-7-2005
Stuart A. Staples: Tindersticks’ man spins solo magic!
Various: 'Inspired By Genius - The Music Of Ray Charles'
Album Review - 21-7-2005
'Inspired By Genuis' - recommended album
Hard-Fi: 'Stars Of CCTV'
Album Review - 12-7-2005
Hard-Fi: new contenders, not another retro-trip
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Notes of a technaut

As we bravely crawl toward the future our technology leaps forward at a pace the Olympians can’t keep up with. Its application has brought incredible changes to our lives and culture, in particular - music, the virtual notes...

The changes are fundamental and affect our consumption and outlook of popular music, from a pop ditty to an avant-garde symphony. The first casualty is - album, as format, its sequencing, artwork… With the erupting trend of online buying - it is SONG that’s being emphasised again that, B-sides being long defunct, signals the single's end.

Individual cut or, hopefully, a cluster of songs rather than a collection we know as a ‘long playing’ record, is the ‘king’ again. Thus, running order - determined by whatever criterion artists use [emotional?] - is futile because a listener randomises the experience. Consequently a ‘concept album’ concept is instantly obsolete; artwork is also meaningless with all its credits, ‘thank yous’ and other trivia acts piled onto inlays-cum-booklets.

This shift has been caused by the small cyber matter Downloading is as well as by the current gen’s view of music as something - evanescent. This virtual consumption needs no physical possession and the non-materialistic way has resulted in destruction of the ‘First editions’ also by simply ‘bettering’ subsequent versions by remixing, re-digitising, adding bonuses, format-upgrading…

The neo-music lovers do not mind seeing details of a painting before being able [ever?] to view the whole picture. The iPod generation is happy to have it all on hardware that is nowt more than a glorified Walkman, effectively isolating a listener, again. It hopefully is just a passing phase, alike its cassette predecessor, but albums may only survive in the present form as long as the players are made. All VHS tapes are already part of techno-history...

Max Stresco