Reviews

The Big Review: Nik Huber Piet

A sophisticated blend of offset, Telecaster and Les Paul Junior influences from a guitar maker at the peak of his powers.

The Genius Of… The La’s, The La’s

Led by the flawed genius of their perfectionist frontman Lee Mavers, The La’s released a timeless self-titled debut in 1990 that predicted the whole Britpop movement. Three decades later, it remains the band’s only album and Mavers hates it so much he’s spent most of his life trying to re-record it. Will we ever hear the album as he intended? 

Review: Joe Doe by Vintage Jailbird

Indie spirit meets mainstream muscle in this quirky collaboration between Joe Doe Guitars and John Hornby Skewes… but is the Jailbird good enough to be a breakout hit? 

Review: Sennheiser Wireless Digital XSW-D Pedalboard Set & Instrument Base Set

To really feel free to deliver an expressive performance, you need to be able to move. Enter Sennheiser with a duo of solutions for stage and home use alike.

The Big Listen: Bright Eyes – Down In The Weeds, Where The World Once Was

After nearly a decade's absence Conor Oberst has got the band back together. The first Bright Eyes album since 2011 is an unflinching exploration of grief, loss and keeping on keeping on as life crumbles around you. We'd expect nothing less.

The Genius Of… Hoodoo Man Blues by Junior Wells’ Chicago Blues Band

In 1965, the Original Blues Brothers – harp maestro Junior Wells and livewire showman Buddy Guy – sidestepped broken amps and contract wrangles to bottle the sound of Chicago’s blues clubs on this classic album.

The Big Listen: Biffy Clyro – A Celebration of Endings

The Scottish rock titans reconnect with their roots on an album that basks in the “ludicrous” brilliance of rock ‘n’ roll.

The Big Review: Taylor American Dream AD27 & AD17 Blacktop

Taylor returns with new USA-made Grand Pacific instruments, crafted in the face of adversity and named after its very first workshop.

Review: Fender Mustang GTX100

Fender has set out to raise its digital modelling game with this 100-watt evolution of the Mustang amp line – but does it have the tone to match its impressive line-up of emulations?

Review: Eastman SB55DC/v

Though the inspiration is obvious, this new double-cut features some well-considered and interesting twists on the student set-neck theme.
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