Pop

Three tiny cheers for Mumford & Sons’ new album

13 June 2015 9:00 am

Like a lot of essentially cautious people, I like my music to take some risks, play with fire and damn…

The real contest at Eurovision: worst lyric

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Like a reluctantly remembered nightmare, last week’s Eurovision Song Contest already seems very distant. But, in the manner of the…

Why you should never trust songwriting credits

7 March 2015 9:00 am

Songwriting credits are, as we know, not always to be trusted. Since the dawn of music publishing, there has always…

Why Yes are still the funniest rock band in the world (although Radiohead are catching up)

11 October 2014 9:00 am

My favourite comment about the Scottish referendum came from the eminent comedian and novelist David Baddiel. ‘What if Yes wins,…

Prefab Sprout's comeback gives hope to the over-50s

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Every musical career has its own narrative, and most of them include at least one comeback. To come back, you…

All I want next Christmas is new Christmas songs 

11 January 2014 9:00 am

Three months until spring. Four months until the start of the cricket season. And only nine months until the radio…

Morrissey can't even moan properly — here's a frontman who can

9 November 2013 9:00 am

There is much to be said for Schadenfreude. (If it was edible, it would be a meal in a very…

Talk Talk bears repetition

12 October 2013 9:00 am

First impressions always count, and they are almost always wrong. This is particularly pertinent if you review albums for a…

Hell is other people’s taste in music

10 August 2013 9:00 am

‘I don’t really like most of the music you play,’ said the tall blonde woman with whom I share my…