Posts Tagged ‘British

FRANK TURNER – Poetry of the Deed

October 2, 2009

Born in Bahrain, the London-raised punk rock troubadour presents his third full-length album. He’s released several other solo EPs and compilations and has played in the bands Kneejerk and Million Dead as well. He plays punk rock with mixed acoustic and electric instrumentation and meaningful lyrics. The sound is similar to that of Billy Bragg. […]

ART BRUT – Art Brut Vs. Satan

April 23, 2009

Art Brut Vs. Satan is the British quintet’s third full-length; this one is produced by Frank Black aka Black Francis aka Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV aka the lead singer for the Pixies. We get eleven songs of fun, upbeat British rock/post-punk goodness filled with witty lyrics (many referencing other bands, songs, and music in […]

Frank TurnerLove Ire & Song

February 4, 2009

He used to be in the English hardcore band Million Dead, but now he plays acoustic punk rock. Love Ire & Song is his second solo full-length though he has released some other EPs, a DVD, and a compilation as well. Imagine a more punk, angrier Billy Bragg and you’d have this guy’s music. […]

KeanePerfect Symmetry

February 2, 2009

The third album from the English trio. Though still a piano-rock band, their sound is a lot more muscular than on their good, albeit very wimpy, debut. Very slickly produced, the album reminds me of the U2 song ‘City Of Blinding Lights,’ one of the songs I still take the time to listen to off […]

Bloc Party – Intimacy

November 5, 2008

The British quartet presents their third full-length album. Their first album was full of catchy angular rock/post-punk; the second album saw them branching out a bit, experimenting with new rhythms and electronics, but maintaining most of the good qualities that their first album possessed. On Intimacy, however, they feel like a pretentious band that shows […]

Kaiser ChiefsOff With Their Heads

October 27, 2008

The five lads from Leeds return with their third album. They continue to combine Britrock, mod, pop, post-punk, new-wave, and rockandroll influences into their music. While the songs aren’t as immediately catchy as the ones on their first album, Employment (see: “I Predict A Riot”), they display a more muscular sound that even incorporates different […]

Chris DiffordThe Last Temptation of Chris

October 21, 2008

He was the co-founder (with Glenn Tilbrook) and lyricist for the British pop/new-wave band Squeeze. This is his third solo album. His lyrics tend to be stories about everyday events and people, sometimes deviating to topics that most writers wouldn’t want to touch (example: “Reverso” is about vasectomy). The songs are all very good and […]

Noah And The WhalePeaceful The World Lays Me Down

September 18, 2008

Folk/pop/tweefolk from England. This is the band’s debut. They are already big in the UK, having their song “5 Years Time” crack the UK chart’s Top Ten. Mostly warbly/yelpy male vocals, which can be a bit much at times. However, the female backing vocals are very nice. Not bad stuff. Recommended if you like Thanksgiving/Adrian […]

The SubwaysAll Or Nothing

September 15, 2008

The second full-length for the powertrio that features Billy Lunn on guitar and vocals, Charlotte Cooper on bass and vocals, and Josh Morgan on drums. Though they are from Britain, they recorded this album in Los Angeles with the production assistance of Butch Vig, the drummer for Garbage and long-time producer (he’s worked with Nirvana, […]

Black GhostsBlack Ghosts

September 7, 2008

Debut album for the duo of Simon Lord (former member of Simian) and Theo Keating (The Wiseguys). They are based out of London. Marketed as a dancey electrorock group, several of the songs on here are slow and boring and highlight the fact that their singer isn’t that good. However, the faster songs live up […]

Jamie Lidell – Jim

May 16, 2008

This is the third full-length release for the Brit who has frequently been touted as the new King of Soul. He’s certainly got soulful, rhythm and blues influences in his sound. Some music sites list his sound as electronic, but aside from a few electronic bits in the backing music of his songs, he owes […]

The HoosiersThe Trick To Life

April 30, 2008

Here is the U.S. release of the British trio’s debut album. Upbeat pop/power-pop/rock with male vocals that hit the higher register at times. Their sound is very polished but doesn’t feel too overproduced. They remind me of a poppier version of The Attorneys, and I think they would also appeal to fans of bands like […]

The Kooks – Konk

April 23, 2008

This is the second full-length for these lads from Brighton, England. They play a mixture of rock, garage rock, and Britpop. I really really love these guys. I could listen to them all day (and have). The songs on here are more laid-back than the ones on their debut Inside In/Inside Out, but I think […]

SwitchesLay Down the Law 

April 17, 2008

These guys are from Britain and they totally kick ass. They play fun, catchy, upbeat rock and roll. It’s not the newest sound in the world but who cares, it rocks. If you like bands like Franz Ferdinand, The Rakes, Maximo Park, and The Hives you will probably take a liking to these guys too. […]