Alexis Petridis

Sleaford Mods: Chubbed Up+ review

(Ipecac)No one could describe Sleaford Mods as an overnight success: Jason Williamson started releasing music under the name eight years ago. But the sheer speed at which they’ve shifted from underground concern to cause célèbre is still striking. Unt

Ariel Pink: Pom Pom review pop music by someone who thinks its beneath him

(4AD)With a certain thumping inevitability, the new Ariel Pink album arrives surrounded by controversy, engendered by recent remarks from the mouth of its author. Controversy engendered by Ariel Pinks remarks is such a regular occurrence that Pitchfork th

Pink Floyd: The Endless River review a fitting footnote to their career | Alexis Petridis

(EMI)Most observers assumed the story of Pink Floyd had ended nine years ago, on the Live 8 stage in Hyde Park, with an awkward group hug that at least one band member had to be visibly coerced into joining. It was a perfectly Pink Floydish way to end Pin

Bob Dylan and the Band: The Basement Tapes Complete review rickety, strange and utterly timeless

Whether or not the 138 songs on this uber-bootleg six-CD box set really did change the course of rock music, the best bits are as good as it getsTheres something winningly quaint about the security measures surrounding The Complete Basement Tapes. In ord

Bob Dylan and the Band: The Basement Tapes Complete review rickety, strange and utterly timeless

Whether or not the 138 songs on this uber-bootleg six-CD box set really did change the course of rock music, the best bits are as good as it getsTheres something winningly quaint about the security measures surrounding The Complete Basement Tapes. In ord

Bob Dylan and the Band: The Basement Tapes Complete review rickety, strange and utterly timeless

Whether or not the 138 songs on this uber-bootleg six-CD box set really did change the course of rock music, the best bits are as good as it getsTheres something winningly quaint about the security measures surrounding The Complete Basement Tapes. In ord

The 2 Bears: The Night Is Young review pop-house hits to salve the anxieties of middle age | Alexis Petridis

Raf Rundell and Joe Goddard return with more four-to-the-floor fun, this time seemingly aimed at thirtysomethings coming to terms with their lost youthBe Strong, the 2 Bears 2012 debut album, staked out a curious musical grey area. We live in an age teemi

Caribou Our Love review: spellbindingly ambiguous, endlessly fascinating electronica

Dan Snaith reckons his latest Caribou album is mind-numbingly simple but that does a great disservice to this beautifully strange, subtle musicDan Snaith has described his seventh album as both mind-numbingly simple and something for everybody to listen t

Jamie T: Carry on the Grudge review melodic and potent

After a three-year sabbatical, gorblimey Londoner Jamie T returns with a more mature, if somewhat flawed, new albumThere is a theory that trends in rock and pop music move at a much less dramatic pace than they once did. You used to get great upheavals th

Leonard Cohen: Popular Problems review an octogenarian rejuvenated

Financial worries may be driving his comeback, but Leonard Cohens songs of despair have never sounded so full of life and you can hear this new album in full hereIt is hard to elicit goodwill for someone who stole £5m from a pensioner, but perhaps anyone