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Chris Stapleton, From A Room. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

We all sit at times in our rooms, the décor may change, the furniture may find its way to the local dump after many years of being held together with Blue-tac, elbow grease and luck but in the end we find ourselves where we are comfortable, our nest, the sense of relaxation or protection, our safety net…whichever way you hold it up to scrutiny, From A Room is where we learn to sing.

Only Child, Working Class. E.P. Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Rue the day you ever ignore the sound of the angry, of those that a Government decides to dismiss as unworthy or lacking in substance to be anything but a nuisance in their corpulent hides, rue that day you forget what makes a country work, what makes it truly a place in which people look out for each other and not descend into the realms of distance and dispensed with compassion; for in that day the anger, if history has taught us anything is the day when those oppressed, those overlooked and rejected will fight back and see an edifice crumble.

John Jenkins, Postcards From Mabelthorpe. Single Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

For many the seaside was not just a place of fun, of rest from the daily grind and the knowledge that for a week or two there would be something other than the feeling of oppression in the factory air, it was a home, it was the place where you could be yourself and see the world with fresh eyes and a clean soul. For the British before the advent of package holidays and the young spending their money on the excitement of going abroad, this was also the time when the family got together, where perhaps the differences between the generations were slowly eroded away and in between bouts of boredom, something magical may happen, something that always ended with the words Wish You Were Here on the back of a set of Postcards from Mabelthorpe.

My Uncle Charlie.

Was there anything you couldn’t do,

a second dad to me,

my father’s best friend


and now and for as long

as I breath

you are a hero,

decked out in Bournemouth

red and black, yet

we attended Southampton games together,

football of any colour,

our finest moment

off the field

was to sit together at Old Trafford,

your first visit, my first victory in Blue;

on the back of the Daily Mirror

when Monday came.

You stopped at our house on Manilla Road

Avatarium, Hurricanes And Halos. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

Beauty without arrogance must be allowed room to be savoured, the sense of the silence at the heart of the tornado, the whisper of love between two angels and a well thought of demon, beauty must be seen but not worshipped, it must be cared for but not taken for granted and once it has the attention of all who see it for the natural state it is, then no matter what, no matter the demon and the angel involved, what you have is Hurricanes And Halos and both are as attractive as each other and both startle when confronted for the first time.

Jenny Lascelles, Backbone. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

The sound of the sweet can be the most heavenly, there is a sense of innocent wonder that reflects in the voice of such an artist, the listener entranced by the thoughtful phrase, the word of the charming and considerate; yet along knowing that inside the sweet is lioness, a roar from the jungle which whilst might not heard at close hand, still echoes far and wide and shows the other animals in the domain not to mess with the queen.

Inspector George Gently: Gently Liberated. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Cast: Martin Shaw, Lee Ingleby, Heather Carroll, Lisa McGrillis, Lorcan Cranitch, Steven Elder, Don Gallagher, Simon Hubbard, Emma Rigby, Victoria Bewick, Anamaria Marinca, Maria Stockley, Robert Lonsdale, Derek Hutchinson, Paul Warriner, Rachel Teate, Christopher Tembey.


A television series can too often outlive its life expectancy, the natural story that drew the viewer in coming to a stuttering halt and becoming less than the perfect ideal viewing it once was proudly claimed to be. In some cases though what might have been perceived as the final adventures of a much loved character might not be enough, the finale of a person’s life left hanging, stuck in the rounds of congratulations and non-committal farewells. Such was the fate of Martin Shaw’s Inspector George Gently, left dangling after a successful case cracked, there really was a couple of more hurrahs left in the soul but none seemed forth coming.

Honeybug, Gig Review. The Cavern, International Pop Overthrow. 2017.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

The sound of the electronic and the mastery of the keyboard is such that it will always gather a crowd to its door; it is the synth heaven that people remember with fondness, especially those whose musical appreciation was kicked off by what followed Punk as mainstream music. A sense of the otherworldly always seems to accompany the genre, a feeling of science fiction made real and one that arguably dominated the 80s with overwhelming power but also managed to keep the flag flying, even in a different form as the 90s and the new century took over.

Lloyd And Daly, Gig Review. The Cavern, International Pop Overthrow, 2017 (Saturday).

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

The international Pop Overthrow remains one of the really great festival ideas to make its way to the Liverpool spotlight; the home of British popular music the perfect venue, the sense of graft and hard work overwhelming, yet for each band, for every artist, there is the goal of performance. For Lloyd and Daly, not only did they take The Beatles stage to task earlier in the week but on the busy Saturday, the day when the music gets deep, down and dirty, when the weekend kicks off and the social butterflies and serious music lovers intermingle amongst the memorabilia and the memory.

Scum And Villainy.

It has been impossible to ignore,

the shouts of derision,

the media insanity and lacking balance,

of course the people of Mos Eisley spaceport

would have dearly loved

to vote in someone with integrity

like old Ben Kenobi

but he could not be trusted,

better stick with Lord Vader,

a comfortable pair of hands,

a firm tight grip

on the situation

and in the end

it’s not like we fall for the rhetoric,

we are decent citizens

and have no interest in the scum