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Archive of the posts written by author : Michael Smith.

Album review: Coexist by The xx

It’s over two years since indie darlings The xx won the Mercury Prize with their…

Album review: Channel Orange by Frank Ocean

There’s something of an elephant in this review’s metaphorical room, so let’s get it out…

The top 25 tracks of 2012 so far

I was planning to do my top 50 tracks of 2012 at the end of…

Album review: Some Nights by Fun.

Fun.’s break out single We Are Young went to number one in the UK singles…

Feature: Jack White – Blunderbuss

This piece was jointly authored by Michael Smith and Jeremy Dobson. Michael Smith So let’s…

Album review: In Time to Voices by Blood Red Shoes

I’d like to consider myself a fan of guitar music and the various associated genres,…

Album review: Happy To You by Miike Snow

Swedish electro/indie pop is a surprisingly cluttered niche. The likes of Robyn, Lykke Li, Avicii…

Album review: Making Mirrors by Gotye

You probably don’t recognise the name Wouter De Backer. You may not have heard of…

Album review: Let England Shake by PJ Harvey

I was planning to review another, more recently released album this week, but after watching…

Album review: Be Strong by The 2 Bears

I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from Be Strong, the debut album from electro-pop/house revival…