Archive for the Island Category
Along with Mecca & The Soul Brother and Stunts, Blunts & Hip-Hop, Showbiz & A.G.’s Runaway Slave was one of a string of records that made 1992 a seminal year for hip-hop. Showbiz & A.G. took the grit of New York’s streets and laid them over jazzy beats supplied by […]
U2’s 9th studio album, Pop, was a number one album in 1997 in the UK, US, Ireland, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Holland, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Turkey, Czech Republic, Iceland and Greece. Produced by Flood, […]
All That You Can’t Leave Behind, the 10th studio album by U2, garnered multiple Grammy awards after its release in October 2000 and was number 1 in 32 countries. Produced by Daniel Lanois and Brian Eno, it was recorded in Dublin (HQ, Windmill Lane, Westland and Totally Wired) and the […]
The Killers have sold over 20 million albums worldwide, headlined festivals across the globe, performed at The White House and have won multiple awards. In celebration of their four studio albums and their first decade together, The Killers will release Direct Hits.
The commercial and artistic peak of the ambient-house movement, U.F.Orb strides past the debut with more periods of free-form ambience and less reliance on a standard 4/4 beat. From the opening “O.O.B.E.” through the bass-heavy gait of “Blue Room” and “Towers of Dub,” the flow is more natural and ranges […]
Much like the early Orb-related project recorded as Space, Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld simulates a journey through the outer realms — progressing from the soaring ambient-pop of “Little Fluffy Clouds” and the stoned “Back Side of the Moon” (a veiled Pink Floyd reference) to “Into the Fourth Dimension” and ending […]
“Flowers’ obsessions and signatures are so idiosyncratic, he’s clearly the auteur behind Wonderful Wonderful just as he was with The Desired Effect, and the record charms because its ridiculousness is sincere and his sincerity is ridiculous — two qualities that make him and his art messy and quite genuine.”
“Across Antisocialites’ 10 tracks and 33 minutes the Toronto-based group dive back into the deep end of reckless romance and altered dates. Through thoughtful consideration in basement and abroad, Alvvays has renewed its Scot-pop vows with a powerful new collection of manic emotional collage.”
Free’s second album was recorded with the band itself in considerable turmoil as principle songwriters Paul Rodgers and Andy Fraser demanded strict discipline from their bandmates, and guitarist Paul Kossoff, in particular, equally demanded the spontaneity and freedom that had characterized the group’s debut. It was an awkward period that […]
If Fleetwood Mac, Humble Pie, and Foghat were never formed, Free would be considered one of the greatest post-Beatles blues-rock bands to date, and Fire and Water shows why. Conceptually fresh, with a great, roots-oriented, Band-like feel, Free distinguished itself with the public like Black Sabbath and Deep Purple did […]
30th Anniversary Edition. Of U2 “The Joshua Tree” Gatefold sleeve with printed inner sleeves. Includes 12″x12″ booklet of lyrics, photographs and credits. Download voucher.
If PJ Harvey’s intention for her new album was to get people talking, then The Hope Six Demolition Project is an unqualified success. That’s what happens when a famous rock star travels the world, observing war-torn, poverty-stricken, tragic, and otherwise profoundly different places and using those observations for a seemingly […]
“Even though she’s not quite as overt about it as Madonna or David Bowie, PJ Harvey remains one of rock’s expert chameleons. Her ever-changing sound keeps her music open to interpretation, and her seventh album, Uh Huh Her, is no different in that it departs from what came before it. […]