Reviews

​The Big Listen: The Dirty Nil – Fuck Art

When a global pandemic threatened to jeopardise this Canadian trio’s third album, guitarist Luke Bentham stepped up to complete a masterclass in power-punk in just 32 hours.

The Genius Of… Heaven Or Las Vegas by Cocteau Twins

Cocteau Twins’ sixth album was a work of genius helmed by their influential guitarist and producer Robin Guthrie. Despite the album’s troubled gestation, it soars higher than anything else in the band’s catalogue.

Review: Origin Effects Magma57 & RevivalTrem

What happens when Britain’s most intimidatingly high-class pedal maker branches out from compression and overdrive into vibrato and tremolo?

The Genius Of… Howlin’ Wolf by Howlin’ Wolf

Howlin’ Wolf’s timeless Chicago blues classic is a repository of stunning guitar playing from Hubert Sumlin, a cast of supporting players and the Wolf himself.

The Big Listen: Paul McCartney – McCartney III

Half a century after his first self-titled solo volume, and 40 years on from the synth-heavy second entry in the series, Paul emerges from ‘rockdown’ with part three

Review: Jackson X Series Soloist SLX DX

Jackson continues to expand its X Series, offering another affordable version of a classic design.

The Genius of… Darkness On The Edge Of Town by Bruce Springsteen

After three years of legal wrangling following the breakout success of Born To Run, Bruce Springsteen assembled the E Street Band armed with a righteous anger and created a brooding album that saw The Boss find his “adult voice”.

Review: PRS SE Hollowbody II Piezo

When live gigs return in earnest, this new PRS SE might be the space-saving hybrid you need.

The Big Listen: Guided By Voices – Styles We Paid For

The prolific Dayton, Ohio rockers complete a second hat-trick of albums in two years. Robert Pollard shows no signs of slowing down.

Review: Cort GA5F-MD

Looking for a muscular, affordable strummer for stage use? This could be it
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