Michael Leonard

The Genius Of… Girlfriend by Matthew Sweet

Nirvana’s Nevermind may have been the headline rock hit of 1991-1992, but a less-heralded release offered equal guitar thrills. If you haven’t already, get to know the power-pop masterstroke of Matthew Sweet’s Girlfriend.

How Kevin Shields and My Bloody Valentine changed the course of guitar playing forever

Back in the late 80s, My Bloody Valentine revolutionised many players’ ideas of what a guitar sounded like. It was a mix of borrowed gear, happy accidents and “sound as an infinite horizon”… and still sounds awesome.

The Genius Of… Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea by PJ Harvey

Considered an atypically ‘pop’ experiment and even doubted by its own author, Polly Jean Harvey’s fourth album was nevertheless her biggest UK album. Isn't it time it’s considered simply a great record?