Music

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.

The Genius Of… No Code by Pearl Jam

By 1996 grunge was waning, but instead of fading away Pearl Jam set about making No Code, and in doing so, found the secret to eternal life…

The Big Listen: Neil Young – Return To Greendale

Shakey and Crazy Horse return to a 2003 concept album that left many critics scratching their heads for a 78-minute live recording captured in Toronto

The Genius Of…  Insomniac by Green Day

Why Billy Joe Armstrong tossed the sunny post-Dookie expectations in the bin for a “cocktail of bad vibes and a final bitter dalliance with the straight-ahead punk scene that had borne them."

The Big Listen: Elvis Costello – Hey Clockface

The prolific songwriter, Jazzmaster enthusiast and uncompromising innovator returns with a new solo album recorded in three separate sessions across the globe. Does it work as a coherent whole?   

​The Genius Of… We Are Paintermen by The Creation

Celebrating a cult UK singles band who rode the wave of the mid-60s musical revolution just long enough to forge a handful of mercurial tracks and showcase the originality and fire of their unique guitarist, Eddie Phillips – a pioneer of the violin-bow guitar and feedback.

The Big Listen: Joe Bonamassa – Royal Tea

The American blues-rocker decamps to Abbey Road in an attempt to make a ‘British’ album, and brings some friends along for the ride.

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.

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.
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