Alex Turner

Arctic Monkeys: From the Rubble to the Ritz

Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006) – 4.5 stars Favourite Worst Nightmare (2007) – 4 stars Humbug (2009) – 4 stars Years before Radiohead invited yet another wave of critical fawning by offering an album for free download, the Arctic Monkeys cultivated a rabid following by giving away demos of early…

Joy Division

Joy Division – Don’t walk away in silence…

As far as I’m concerned, there’s no greater loss to music than the suicide of Ian Curtis at the age of 23.  There’s no one I’d rather bring back for a couple decades of recording than him.  That’s because the heights reached by him and his band, Joy Division, in their brief existence, are both…

Bloc Party

Bloc Party: Trying to be heroic in an age of modernity

  Silent Alarm (2005) – 3 1/2 stars A Weekend in the City (2007) – 4 1/2 stars Intimacy (2008) – 4 stars Bloc Party exploded right out of the gate in 2005 as one of the most acclaimed bands in this decade’s post-punk revival phase.  Their debut album, Silent Alarm, managed the tricky feat…