Pop

Camila Cabello’s new album presents an existential threat to songwriting

6 July 2024 9:00 am

It is always interesting to observe the ways in which pop stars try to negotiate first growing up, and then…

Complain all you like but Glastonbury has delivered the goods again

6 July 2024 9:00 am

There’s yet to be a Glastonbury line-up that hasn’t provoked a chorus of naysaying. Refrains like ‘looks rubbish. I wouldn’t…

‘Left me stunningly bored’: Brat, by Charli XCX, reviewed

29 June 2024 9:00 am

Grade: C I don’t doubt the ingenuity. The mastery of a technology which now exists as a substitute for melody,…

Teenage Swifties restored my faith in strangers

29 June 2024 9:00 am

Taylor Swift is the last of the monocultural pop icons. Put it this way: I bet you’ve heard of her.…

Does it matter how posh pop stars are?

22 June 2024 9:00 am

‘A working class hero is something to be.’ Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer must have missed the conflicted, sardonic edge…

Meet the musicians trying to revive French-language pop

22 June 2024 9:00 am

The other day, I went to see a nouveau riot-girl band called Claire Dance play in a disused factory in…

Nickelback may not be cool but they are very good at what they do

1 June 2024 9:00 am

In May 2013, Rolling Stone polled its readers in an attempt to discover which band might be crowned the worst…

The unstoppable rise of country music

25 May 2024 9:00 am

When a major artist releases a new album, the first thing to follow is the onslaught of think pieces. And…

Lovely slice of Cosmic Scouse: Michael Head & the Red Elastic, at EartH, reviewed

18 May 2024 9:00 am

One of the more bizarre but recurring tales about how the music of Liverpool has been shaped over these past…

Nowhere near as miserable as I remember it: The Beatles – Let It Be reviewed

18 May 2024 9:00 am

Beatles lore has long held that the film Let It Be was a depressing portrait of the band falling apart.…

Dense, melancholic, hypnotic: Brighde Chaimbeul, at Summerhall, reviewed

11 May 2024 9:00 am

The hip end of the folk spectrum is in rude health right now. Dublin’s mighty Lankum lead the way, but…

Adrianne Lenker is a treasure for the ages

4 May 2024 9:00 am

You could very well sum up their differing approaches to American roots music from how they were dressed. Both wore…

Taylor Swift’s new album is exhausting

27 April 2024 9:00 am

How to explain the supercharged star power of Taylor Swift? An undeniably gifted artist, Swift’s albums 1989, Folklore and Evermore,…

Why garage punk is plainly the apogee of human achievement

20 April 2024 9:00 am

How is it that a group that sounds like the Hives are selling out the Apollo? In a world configured…

Better than expected (but my expectations were low): Back to Black reviewed

13 April 2024 9:00 am

When the trailer for Sam Taylor-Johnson’s biopic of Amy Winehouse, Back to Black, first landed, her fans were gracious. ‘This,’…

The mayhem ‘Born Slippy’ provoked felt both poignant and cathartic: Underworld, at Usher Hall, reviewed

13 April 2024 9:00 am

On the same night Underworld played the second of two shows at the Usher Hall, next door at the Traverse…

Never admit that your band is prog – it’s the kiss of death

6 April 2024 9:00 am

Sensible prog-rock bands try to ensure no one ever realises they play prog. What happens when you are deemed a…

Spellbinding performance of a career-defining record: Corinne Rae Bailey, at Ladbroke Hall, reviewed

4 November 2023 9:00 am

You won’t see two more contrasting shows this year than Corinne Bailey Rae performing her album Black Rainbows and Brian…

The case against re-recording albums

28 October 2023 9:00 am

In 2012, Jeff Lynne released Mr Blue Sky: The Very Best of Electric Light Orchestra. Except it wasn’t. It was…