MUSIC


MUSIC

Music is what the hi-fi universe revolves around. Hi-fi is all about enjoying music, about making recorded music sound as close as possible to the real thing. For now, our music reviews are focussed on vinyl records, both new releases and re-issues. We’ll be adding new reviews fortnightly and plan to expand the music reviews section to include new releases on compact disc and as high-res downloads, as well as from streaming services, going forward.

ROTW: Smog – Dongs Of Sevotion (Drag City 180g Reissue)

Smog isn’t everybody’s cup of tea. Less of a band and more the creative vehicle of Bill Callahan, Smog emerged as one of the pioneers of the indie and lo-fi movements, initially self-releasing home-produced song sets on cassette, before gradually attracting both an audience and ...
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ROTW: Stevie Nicks – Bella Donna (Warner/Rhino 180g remaster)

Bella Donna doesn’t sound like a debut solo effort. But then, by the time Stevie Nicks finally got around to recording her first album in 1981, she was a seasoned 33-year old performer, most notably as a major vocal and creative force with supergroup Fleetwood ...
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ROTW: Joni Mitchell – The Hissing Of Summer Lawns

For many music fans, mentioning Joni Mitchell immediately evokes memories of ‘Blue’ and ‘Court And Spark’ – two albums that arguably best epitomise Mitchell’s progression from folk exponent to pop star. Not either of those albums is really pop in the strict sense of the ...
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Record of the Week: Prefab Sprout – I Trawl The Megahertz (Sony 2LP, Remastered)

If this is unlike any Prefab Sprout record you’ve ever heard, that’s because it’s not really a Prefab Sprout record at all, but a Paddy McAloon record. McAloon is, or course, the enigmatic and charismatic leader of art-pop outfit Prefab Sprout, and I Trawl The ...
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