Deftones braced for defiant return

Messenger Newspapers: Deftones will perform at Manchester Academy on Monday, February 18

10:21am Tuesday 12th February 2013

WHEN Deftones released their album Diamond Eyes, they had a renewed sense of power and purpose.

Friendly Fires – Skeleton Boy (Single)

Messenger Newspapers: Skeleton Boy

11:13am Monday 11th May 2009

THIS is more of the same sparkling electro disco from the St Alban's trio – all lovely rhythms, melodic piano and lilting vocals.

Various Artists - Factory Records Communications 1978-1992 (Album)

Messenger Newspapers: Factory Records Communications 1978-1992

10:49am Monday 11th May 2009

THE myth of Manchester’s Factory Records weighs heavy and, churning through this extensive box set, one can’t help but wonder why.

White Lies – To Lose My Life (Single)

Messenger Newspapers: White Lies – To Lose My Life

11:27am Wednesday 28th January 2009

TOUTED as 2009’s ‘next big thing’, White Lies’ music is firmly rooted in the epic ‘80s sounds of Echo & The Bunnymen and Joy Division.

Simon and Garfunkel - The Collection (Album)

Messenger Newspapers: Simon and Garfunkel - The Collection (Album)

4:42pm Monday 26th January 2009

THIS collection of the soulful harmonies of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel is a must for any fan.

Snow Patrol - A Hundred Million Suns (Album)

Messenger Newspapers: Snow Patrol - A Hundred Million Suns (Album)

10:47am Wednesday 7th January 2009

THE Belfast boys are back and after the monumental success of Chasing Cars, they seem to have made a determined effort to return to their roots of a more indie style alternative rock.

Dido - Safe Trip Home (Album)

Messenger Newspapers: Safe Trip Home

11:04am Wednesday 7th January 2009


Jones, Tom - 24 Hours (Album)

Messenger Newspapers: Jones, Tom - 24 Hours (Album)

8:45pm Saturday 3rd January 2009

IT’S amazing, isn’t it, how Tom Jones has managed to retain his cool reputation?

Verve, The - Forth (Album)

Messenger Newspapers: Verve, The  - Forth

1:40pm Wednesday 1st October 2008

OF all the dozens of bands to reform over the past year, the Verve’s new album has been one of the most low key.

Cyrus, Miley - Breakout (Album)

Messenger Newspapers: Miley Cyrus | Breakout

12:40pm Wednesday 1st October 2008

IF you haven’t heard of Hannah Montana or Miley Cyrus - you clearly aren’t a parent, teenage boy or girl, or even breathing.

Jonas Brothers - Jonas Brothers (Album)

Messenger Newspapers: Jonas Brothers - Jonas Brothers (Album)

12:12pm Wednesday 16th July 2008

I SUSPECT I’m not the Jonas Brothers’ target audience.

Pigeon Detectives, The - Emergency (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

10:23pm Monday 14th July 2008

IT IS just a year since the Pigeon Detectives released their debut album, Wait For Me, yet the Leeds quintet are back in the charts already.

Ting Tings, The - We Started Nothing (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

11:24am Sunday 1st June 2008

THE first album from Salford two-piece The Ting Tings has a lot of hype to live up to.

Be Your Own Pets - Get Awkward (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

1:42pm Friday 30th May 2008

WHEN they exploded onto the rock scene with their self-titled album two years ago, Be Your Own Pet were the definition of youthful exuberance.

R.E.M. - Accelerate (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

3:54pm Thursday 10th April 2008

HAD the previous two decades not happened, REM's last two albums might have been better received.

I Am Kloot - Play Moolah Rouge (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

11:22am Thursday 27th March 2008

EVOCATIVE lyrics about fairground rides and relationships melt off the lines in this sublime album.

Goldfrapp - Seventh Tree (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

6:15pm Thursday 27th March 2008

GOLDFRAPP often slip under the radar.

The Feeling - Join With Us (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

6:13pm Thursday 27th March 2008

DESPITE the huge popularity of the band's debut album Twelve Stops and Home, The Feeling's follow up, Join With Us fails to reach the high expectations that their oustanding first CD brought.

Cruz, Taio - Departure (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

6:07pm Thursday 27th March 2008

WHAT is in a song name?

Nickleback - All The Right Reasons (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

1:10pm Wednesday 12th March 2008

STILL capable of releasing the kind of album that Bush - the band, not the president - would only dream about, Nickelback remain the missing link between Kerouac and Korn.

Adele - 19 (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

9:42am Monday 10th March 2008

WITH the UK charts littered with female solo artists it is easy to be sceptical about yet another supposed teenage sensation.

Maccabees - Colour It In (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

5:21pm Friday 7th March 2008

THIS is a rerelease of last year's debut album from Brighton's The Maccabees and with plenty of extra bonus tracks, it makes a great introduction for people who missed it last time.

Various Artists - Big Tunes 2008 (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

3:39pm Friday 25th January 2008

PREPARING myself with the predicted floor-filling hits for 2008 seemed like a good way to get on par with those dance fanatics who always seem to know the big hits months before they get released.

Enemy, The - We'll Live And Die In These Towns (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

3:53pm Wednesday 23rd January 2008

‘WHILE we sing together, we will never lose.’

Springsteen, Bruce - Magic (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

3:41pm Wednesday 23rd January 2008

THE Boss is back.

Various Artists - Ministry of Sound 2008 (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

11:14am Sunday 20th January 2008

THE trouble with music guides for the coming year is that many of the songs you've never heard of.

Radiohead - In Rainbows (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

11:03am Sunday 20th January 2008

ORIGINALLY released as a download with an optional fee, Radiohead have once again returned to the music scene in a blaze of controversy.

Fightstar - One Day Son, This Will All Be Yours (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

5:29pm Monday 7th January 2008

WHATEVER you think of Charlie Simpson, you have to admire his steadfast refusal to be intimidated by music critics and the rock community.

Turin Brakes - Dark On Fire (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

4:00pm Monday 7th January 2008

IT IS easy to see how a band like Turin Breaks could begin to get overlooked.

Streets, The - The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

1:25pm Sunday 6th January 2008

MIKE Skinner has an incredible knack for summing up an everyday experience in a few carefully chosen words.

Ministry of Sound - Anthems 1991-08 (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

2:05pm Monday 31st December 2007

SCRAPING the ice off your car in the morning would have anyone wishing to be somewhere warmer.

Smashing Pumpkins - Zeitgeist (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

4:53pm Thursday 20th December 2007

CALLING a Pumpkins album Zeitgeist would have been appropriate about 10 years ago when they were one of the biggest bands to emerge from the grunge explosion.

Cherry Ghost - Thirst for Romance (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

4:48pm Thursday 20th December 2007

CHERRY Ghost are northern soul – although not in the classic sense.

Interpol - Our Love To Admire (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

4:46pm Thursday 20th December 2007

FANS of shadowy rockers Interpol are in for a massive treat.

Travis - The Boy With No Name (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

4:41pm Thursday 20th December 2007

CLICHÉS are those annoying little truths that cover certain bases when nothing else quite does the trick.

Good Charlotte - Good Morning Revival (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

4:30pm Thursday 20th December 2007

IT SEEMS that even angry young men can suffer broken hearts.

Spektor, Regina - Begin to Hope (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

4:27pm Thursday 20th December 2007

THIS is a cracking, quirky album full of originality and playfulness.

Mason, Willy - If The Ocean Gets Rough (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

4:13pm Thursday 20th December 2007

BY way of introduction, Willy Mason was the lad everyone thought was going to be the new Dylan.

Idlewild - No Emotion (Single)

Messenger Newspapers:

12:50pm Thursday 20th December 2007

I’VE followed Scotland’s finest from their days as art punk noiseniks (Captain) to essential indie rockers (100 Broken Windows, The Remote Part) and REM-lite tunesmiths (Warnings/Promises). It seems they’ve entered yet another new phase: mediocrity.

Plant, Robert & Krauss, Alison - Raising Sand (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

4:48pm Wednesday 19th December 2007

THERE is, perhaps, one album a decade that defies structure and logic.

Rilo Kiley - Under the Blacklight (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

4:41pm Wednesday 19th December 2007

LAZILY dubbed ‘The new Fleetwood Mac’, although it’s easy to see why, Jenny Lewis’ luminous voice, in particular, recalls golden afternoons under the spell of the great Stevie Nicks.

Ellis-Bextor, Sophie - Today the Sun's On Us (Single)

Messenger Newspapers:

1:24pm Wednesday 19th December 2007

DIVA of the disaffected vocals returns, formula intact, no alarms and no surprises.

Faulkner, Newton - Hand Built by Robots (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

12:45pm Wednesday 19th December 2007

OUT of the gritty urban conurbation of... Surrey, Newton Faulkner has been gaining plaudits from the bookish Wiganer elements of Radio Two of late.

Heights, The - Toys and Kings (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

12:39pm Wednesday 19th December 2007

INFLUENCES spill from every line, every lick, every slick intro and every drum roll.

McCartney, Paul - Memory Almost Full (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

5:57pm Tuesday 18th December 2007

THE title is an anagram for ‘My soul mate LLM’ (Linda, but of course). Once past that, we find a gentle old folks home of an album, where banality and prettiness co-exist in almost every corner.

Manic Street Preachers - Send Away The Tigers (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

5:35pm Tuesday 18th December 2007

TEN years ago, they seemed indestructible; a towering Welsh beast, blessed with a melodic knack of making a full-on rock thrust appear strangely symphonic.

Horrors, The - Strange House (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

5:27pm Tuesday 18th December 2007

A CREEPING cynicism is encouraged by the cover: The Horrors, a band out of Southend, evoking the imagery of the New York Dolls.

Stone, Joss - Introducing Joss Stone (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

5:20pm Tuesday 18th December 2007

DERIDED, of late, for returning from the States full of affectation and mid-Atlantic drawl, Stone is walking a thin line between artistic endeavour and sheer irritating precocity.

Barrowman, John - Another Side (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

4:47pm Thursday 6th December 2007

THERE is a dull throb at the back of my head.

Dion, Celine - Taking Chances (Album)

Messenger Newspapers:

4:42pm Thursday 6th December 2007

THE latest releases for review had been passed around the office. There was one remaining. It was Celine Dion's latest album, the 34th full length release of a prolific fist-clenching career.


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