Tim Lee

Torres - Torres

A promising, impassioned debut.

These New Puritans, Electric Brixton, London

It's a brilliant show, from a brilliant band, doing brilliant things.

Holy Ghost! - Dynamics

Enough ennui to scare a French philosopher.


Admirable, but lacking personality.

Anna Calvi - One Breath

Calvi proves she's no one-trick pony on this triumph of a second record.

Joanna Gruesome – Weird Sister

Sometimes gloriously messy, sometimes just simply glorious.

Babyshambles – Sequel To The Prequel

A definite step in a positive direction.

Zola Jesus - Versions

The common thread throughout, perhaps unsurprisingly, is Danilova's voice.

Austra, Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London

Austra would be better, in live mode at least, if they were just a little bit more mysterious.

Austra - Olympia

A bit warmer, a bit lusher and a bit less lonely.

Houndmouth – From The Hills Below The City

'From The Hills Below The City' is quite a sunny album. But quite sunny won't set your hair on fire.

Sparrow & The Workshop - Murderopolis

A simply great album.

Dirty Beaches - Drifters / Love Is The Devil

Individually these would be two good albums. But as a complimentary pair they become much more.

Guided By Voices - English Little League

'English Little League', like many of its GBV brethren, is a scattergun, busy thing, full of ideas but with a tendency to leave some of them as skeletal as an atopic squirrel.

The Pigeon Detectives - We Met At Sea

In many ways, it's not awful. Except lyrically. Lyrically it is definitely awful.

Rachel Zeffira, Union Chapel, London

Fragile, beautiful and more than a little bit strange.

James Blake - Overgrown

For all the vast amounts of atmosphere it creates, nothing much happens.

Filthy Boy - Smile That Won’t Go Down

Somewhere 'betwixt Alex Turner's skilful vignettes, Pulp's skilful vignettes and well, Morrissey's skilful vignettes. Basically, there's a lot of vignetting.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Specter At The Feast

For all the odd moments where it clicks, the overriding impression this album gives is one of a band going through the motions.

Marnie Stern - The Chronicles Of Marnia

Her recklessness momentum is forever tinged with a hint of shyness.

The Cave Singers - Naomi

An album that makes you long for a beard, a porch, a shotgun and the onset of dusk.

Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away

It's a dark and contemplative morning after the night before for the band's fifteenth.

Fionn Regan -The Bunkhouse Vol. 1: Anchor Black Tattoo

A stark, sparse, brief lament through troubles. Of the heart, the soul, and the sea.

Palma Violets, The Boston Arms, London

Ragged, romantic and tremendously exciting.

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