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  ...

Is It You? – 34 Below

This band has a sound that modern pop purists would advise is ‘old-fashioned’. That is to miss the point of 34 Below. What this band do is to take the traditions of American rock music – straightforward guitars, bass  ...

A Wish This Simple – Gladyss Patches

Gladyss Patches are doing one of two things with this album. They are either a) mixing a blend of on-the-pulse teenage angst rock with a smattering of out-there metal raps and guitars, or b) a band who are unsure  ...

Rebels with Applause – Scott Miller

When Scott Miller published From Assassins to West Side Story in 1996 it was aimed at directors, performers and students of musical theatre. Perhaps not surprisingly it was at least as popular with fans who lapped up Miller's authoritative  ...

Half a Life – V. S. Naipaul

The publication of V.S. Naipaul’s Half a Life coincides with the greatest literary honor of the author’s career. After successive disappointments, Naipaul was finally awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2001. Coinciding with this major event as it  ...