Coldplay: Ghost Stories

Coldplay’s last album, Mylo Xyloto, was such an exuberant, ecstatic dayglo monster that it seemed inevitable that the only way onward was to go in the opposite direction, to go ‘back to basics’ – which, on Ghost Stories, they have. It is not, however, a return to the style of Parachutes, though it does share […]

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Top Ten Autumn Songs

The quintessential English autumn song. Oh my poor rheumatic back… From the War of the Worlds soundtrack, this is surely the bleakest, saddest autumn song. You can almost see the falling leaves. Which leads us to… Typically deadpan slice of mordant whimsy laced with beautiful melancholy. Melodic, anthemic fare from Blackwood’s finest. Slow and languid […]

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Monday Geese

I know I’ll never See you again Not for ever Not even when The sun itself dies And time shuts its eyes Oh I hear their cries – Monday Geese You left your coffee Hardly drunk And took your toffee Every chunk I’m sitting here trying I’m sitting here crying There is no denying Monday […]

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Sounds Of Tomorrow – Today!

I suffer terribly from SAD, and cannot wait for the Spring to arrive. As the nights get lighter my mood improves, and when BST begins, it’s as if a shroud of gloom has been lifted from my mind. Not long now… but back in January/February the darkness seemed permanent, springtime an ancient myth, and summer […]

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THERAPY?: A Brief Crack of Light

Therapy? are best known for their 1994 album Troublegum which contained such hits as Screamager, Nowhere and Trigger Inside. Since then they have receded from the public and critical consciousness to the extent that I could find no reviews of this album in the mainstream press (plenty of metal and specialist music sites have reviewed […]

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