Twenty years already? Nirvana’s Nevermind 20th anniversary edition reviewed

Nirvana – Nevermind: 20th Anniversary Edition Anniversary reissues are big business, and they don’t come much bigger than this – the 20th birthday of grunge’s biggest blockbuster. The millions of angst-ridden teens who lapped up Nirvana’s Nevermind are now comfortably in the their thirties with disposable income to blow on nostalgia and myth. This customary double-disc deluxe edition boosts a healthy wealth of unreleased nuggets – studio demos from April 1990 show how focused Kurt Cobain’s spontaneous-sounding arrangements were a good year before recording, while muddy boombox rehearsal tapes are strangely voyeuristic, but add little to unravelling the creative process. Most … Continue reading Twenty years already? Nirvana’s Nevermind 20th anniversary edition reviewed

Meandering, melodic, melancholic mediocrity: Scott Mathews’ What the Night Delivers reviewed

Scott Matthews – What the Night Delivers: The only problem with Scott Matthews is he just never quite sounds like his own man. Every twist and turn of What the Night Delivers feels it has been trodden long before by the likes of Jeff Buckley, Rufus Wainwright and Elliot Smith. There’s certainly worse company to keep, and the Wolverhampton singer-songwriter’s third release is a seductive cycle of dreamlike nocturnes, Matthews’ meandering melancholia and acoustic autobiography sonically balanced by eerie shades of double bass and French horn. But like a great painter stuck in the slipstream of his elders, Matthews needs … Continue reading Meandering, melodic, melancholic mediocrity: Scott Mathews’ What the Night Delivers reviewed