Reviews

The Genius Of… Different Class by Pulp

After two decades on the indie fringes, Pulp struck gold in 1995 with a No.1 album that’s a vital collection of songs about love, class and leaving an important part of your brain somewhere in a field in Hampshire. Their charismatic misfit frontman wasn’t a bad guitar player either.

Review: Lateral Phonics Marrakesh Preamp Console

1970s studio preamp tones in an eye-catching stompbox.

The Big Listen: Matt Berninger – Serpentine Prison

The National’s famously morose frontman finds freedom and space away from the day job on his debut solo album with Memphis studio veteran Booker T Jones.

The Genius Of… Super Session by Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper and Stephen Stills

In 1968, two Dylan collaborators and a future Laurel Canyon superstar were at a loose end, so they booked some studio time in LA and improvised a freewheeling blues-jazz blueprint for the supergroup-on-record concept.

Review: Ivison Guitars The Hurricane

With years on the road as a guitar tech and musician under his belt, Neil Ivison recently made the transition from high-end replica builds to original electric guitar design. Will The Hurricane blow our minds?

The Big Listen: Beabadoobee – Fake It Flowers

Bea Kristi’s star has been rising since her fragile bedroom acoustic confessionals set the internet aflame, but her debut album pulls together myriad 90s college rock touchstones to propel her into the stratosphere.

The Big Review: Gibson Custom ’63 Firebird V & ’65 Non-Reverse Firebird V

Gibson’s wall of custom-colour Firebirds was one of most arresting sights at NAMM 2020. We put a pair of these rare birds to the test.

Review: Fano Omnis GF6 & MG6

One of the biggest names on the boutique scene launches its most affordable instruments to date.

The Genius Of… Paranoid by Black Sabbath

With a 50th anniversary deluxe boxset about to hit the shelves, we look back at the dystopian visions, bludgeoning riffs and satanic myths behind one of the most influential rock albums ever made.

Review: Lateral Phonics Deadman Fuzz

Desolate torn-speaker tones straight outta Moscow.
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