Reviews

The Genius Of…Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness by Smashing Pumpkins

Billy Corgan’s first great tearing of the script led to a bold and ambitious album that put the guitars up front and loud. Very loud.

Review: Cream T Pickups Billy F Gibbons WhiskerBuckers

Hirsute humbuckers modelled on the PAFs in Pearly Gates, the ZZ Top man’s legendary 1959 Les Paul

The Big Listen: Smashing Pumpkins – Cyr

Billy Corgan and company return with escalation the name of the game, but despite the classic line-up, this is not 1995…

The Genius Of… Elephant by The White Stripes

We take a look back at Elephant – the duo’s heavy-hitting 2003 garage-rock masterpiece that unleashed rock’s last truly world-conquering riff.

Review: Orange Terror Stamp

No bigger than a chunky stompbox, Orange’s latest Terror is a fully fledged 20-watt amplifier complete with valve preamp and (sort of) channel switching.

Review: DryBell Unit67

Combining compression, boost and a powerful EQ section, could this unassuming grey box from Croatia be the ultimate tone-enhancer?

The Big Listen: Southeast Of Saturn (Third Man Records)

This new compilation from Jack White’s Third Man Records is a treasure trove of 90s shoegaze and space-rock rarities from a set of Michigan bands indebted to the UK scene

The Genius Of… Nowhere by Ride

30 years on from the release of their debut album, Ride are once again making records that swell and shimmer with a euphoric, hazy splendour. It all began with Nowhere.

Review: Novo Guitars Solus F1

Proof positive that a single-pickup guitar can be much more than a one-trick pony – especially when it’s been designed by a modern-day master.

The Big Listen: The Cribs – Night Network

Embroiled in record company wrangling, the future looked bleak for Wakefield’s favourite sons, until the intervention of the nicest man in rock: Dave Grohl.
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