Movie Awards – Tom O’Neil

The key word here is ‘unofficial’. Tom O’Neil is an American film critic and commentator and he’s been around long enough to be able to sift out the facts and figures from the morass of self-congratulation and financially motivated  ...

Virgin Tracks – Lisa Richard

Be careful what you wish for. When I reviewed Lisa Richard's first CD, Born To Entertain, I suggested that, since the most interesting tracks were the lesser known pieces, it was a shame that she hadn't chosen to stretch  ...

The New Deal

Electronic music seems to have one specific, defining characteristic: it must be made on keyboard- or computer-based instruments, not with guitars and drums. The Canadian trio, The New Deal, have decided that’s a little restrictive for their tastes. They  ...

Dusty Springfield: 1972-1982 Re-releases

Five albums - released between 1972 and 1982 - represent the years between Springfield's critical peak with Dusty in Memphis and her temporary return to commercial form with the Pet Shop Boys and the Reputation album. Although many of  ...

Bernadette Peters Loves Rodgers & Hammerstein

It is has taken more than four years for Bernadette Peters to follow up her Sondheim, Etc album and some might wish that the result had been something more unusual than an album of largely familiar standards from, arguably,  ...

Lummox: The Evolution of a Man – Mike Magnuson

Don’t be misled by the cover to Mike Magnuson’s disarming memoir about growing up in Wisconsin, Lummox: The Evolution of a Man. The dust jacket photo of Magnuson’s ample gut in a snug shirt and his beefy hand clutching  ...

The Otherhood – Lytchcov Zammana

Science fiction may have a narrow appeal, and is not always respected by advocators of “serious” literature. Strangely enough, however, it is still fair to say that science fiction and horror can be considered to be the two genres  ...

Mood Shifts – Steely

“I’m not out to change the world,” advises Steely to the world via her website – just as well on the basis of this album. They say don’t judge a book by its cover, and with books, that’s a  ...

Goddess in the Doorway – Mick Jagger

When you are one of the most famous rock vocalists in the world ever, and you’ve been a star since the days when being a star meant more than merely being a celebrity, trying something new is a goldfish  ...