Giant Sand – Chore Of Enchantment (reissue)

As one of the most aptly-named albums in Giant Sand’s vast discography, 2000’s Chore Of Enchantment is a testament to forging magic out of adversity.  Widely-regarded as one of the best – if not the best – in the group’s sprawling canon, Chore is a kaleidoscopic collection, like R.E.M.’s Automatic For The People, against which everything before and … [Read more...]

Monsters Of Folk – self-titled

For this ‘super-group’ collaboration between M. Ward, Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes/Mystic Valley Band) and Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes/Lullaby For The Working Class/producer for hire) the comparisons with ‘70s Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young have been lazily and too quickly applied.  For whilst there are telekinetic group … [Read more...]

Flipsides & Otherwise: FAO #14

The bleak midwinter is a funny time for music critics. With end-of-year polls to devise, the last trickle of one annum’s releases and the advance sniff of the next one’s new wares all colliding with Christmas shopping and seasonal sloth, there’s plenty to be lost around the turn of another twelve months on the planet. Hence, the need to round-up … [Read more...]