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Lord Huron
Vide Noir

I hope Lord Huron are okay. Their new album Vide Noir, meaning 'empty black', is an indie folk communion with the void. Assuming the seasons continue their endless deferral it might be the ideal album to listen to this supposed 'spring'. Haunting but warm, Lord Huron are the ideal companion to face the darkn...view item »

Frank Turner
Be More Kind

Frank Turner is one man. A man who has a guitar. A man who has, damn it all, a voice. Together they are used to make music. Sometimes the music they make becomes very popular indeed. Maybe this latest LP will be another one of those popular ones. Maybe it will teach us the error of our ways. Maybe we will learn to...view item »

Fickle Friends
You Are Someone Else

Let's face it, we are bunch of old men selling young people music that we neither like nor understand. Here's the latest lot to send us further spiralling out of business. Fickle Friends are a wildly commercial dance pop outfit that will appeal to fans of the 1975 and Chvrches. I'll occasionally hear stuff like ...view item »

The Style Council
The Cost Of Loving

This record sees The Style Council take on a much more refined and soul-style approach to their music writing. The 80's saw a great amount of bands try and turn what, some would argue, was a dreadful decade for pop music. Their forward thinking approach in The Cost Of Loving is a great reminder that not all 80's music w...view item »

The Style Council
Confessions Of A Pop Group

It's odd to think that there was a time when Paul Weller was a daring musician. This fourth album by his '80s group the Style Council takes in jazz, piano ballads, upbeat funk and classical. Lord knows what he was thinking but the album is more loved in hindsight than it was at the time when it flopped pretty di...view item »

The Style Council
Our Favourite Shop

It's easy to forget how diverse Paul Weller was in his Style Council days...and how political. 'Our Favourite Shop' targets racism, self serving governments and consumerism and spawned hits such as 'Shout to the Top', 'Walls Come Tumbling Down' and the truly bizzare 'Come to Milton Keynes'. Now re-issued on heav...view item »

Chelsea Girl

This is the first Nico solo album and a long long way away from the inspired but terrifying avant churn of albums like Desertshore. Here she is in full on folk mode and with covers of songs by the likes of Lou Reed, Jackson Browne and Tim Hardin this is a lovely pastoral work of art tha...view item »

The Cure
Greatest Hits

Reissue of The Cure’s greatest hits compilation from 2001 on Polydor. The heaviest hitters from the gothic post-punk band, with their biggest tracks from across their back catalogue from 1979 - 1999, including classics Boys Don’t Cry, Lullaby, Just Like Heaven, Close To Me, Fri...view item »

The Cure
Acoustic Hits

Released for record store day 2017, here we have the second cd from The Cure’s greatest hit compilation released in 2001 getting it's own vinyl release for the first time. Acoustic versions of all the tracks that featured on the main compilation. Features versions of Lullaby, Friday I’m In Love, ...view item »

The Jam
In The City

In The City was the album with which The Jam announced themselves to the world. Paul Weller was just 19 at the time and used the album as a outlet for his teenage frustration. The title track was the only single to be released from the album. There were also two covers: the Larry Williams blues tune Slow Down an...view item »

The Jam
Sound Affects

Sound Affects is widely thought of by critics, and Paul Weller himself, as the best record by The Jam. Their fifth album, it was originally released towards the end of 1980. It turned out to be their penultimate release and featured the singles That’s Entertainment and the Taxman-aping Start! The latter wa...view item »

The Velvet Underground

This reissue of The Velvet Underground’s 1969 feels like walking into a living room full of old friends. All the favourites are there, drink in hand: “I’m Sticking with You”, “Rock and Roll” and “Andy’s Chest”, but they’ve changed a bit, as old friends do. There’s...view item »

The Rolling Stones
Exile on Main Street

The Rolling Stones took themselves off to the French Riviera to record their classic double LP Exile On Main Street. This could well be the album from which all the stories of excess associated with rock stars stem from. But let’s not let that overshadow the music. Since it’s release in 1972, Exile On ...view item »

Yeah Yeah Yeahs
It's Blitz

Time for a new Yeah Yeah Yeahs album! Happy time for Brett if no-one else! It's called It's Blitz! and the cover is quality, I want to squish eggs and freeze time in this manner! As the lead single and lead track 'Zero' does remind me a fair bit of 'Gold Lion' from the last one in that it sounds totally underwhelming at first but kind of gets under...view item »

Kendrick Lamar
DAMN. (Collector's Edition)

Hailed by many as the greatest hip-hop album of 2017 by an artist Q magazine once called “The greatest rapper of his generation”. The Collector's Edition of Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.' switches up the tracklist, flipping it on its head, to be heard as the artist originally envisaged. There aren't any new tracks on this edition...view item »

The Rolling Stones
Sticky Fingers

An album that probably needs no introduction here: The Rolling Stones trouser-bulging Sticky Fingers. This has of course never gone out of print, so this latest reissue goes all out, with three CDs (original remastered album, live tracks and outtakes), a DVD of footage, hardback book, prints, posters… Its all her...view item »

The Rolling Stones
On Air

On Air showcases The Rolling Stones in a 1960s BBC recordings stylee. So you get them at their rawest, most direct and bluesy, bringing us their R&B love and Country influences which characterised their early sound. You fans will love this. All restored using ‘Audio Source Separation’ for that bit m...view item »

Frank Turner

Frank Turner has been making records for ten years now so it’s about time for a career retrospective. Songbook features Turner’s best loved songs along with a second disc of reworked classics. It also features a previously unreleased track, There She Is. Available as 2CD or 3LP sets on Polydor....view item »

Build A Rocket Boys!

Everything you need to know about Build A Rocket Boys! you can gleam from the first two songs. The 8-minute opener, The Birds, is the longest the band has done, building slowly with pulsing guitar notes before opening up with bleep-blip Peter Gabriel synthesisers and, finally, a full-on orchestral explosion. On this fifth album they quietly and con...view item »

13 Reasons Why (A Netflix Original Series Soundtrack)

Regardless of the politics and personal opinions of Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, the soundtrack is a gem of tracks. A coming together of The Cure and Joy Division with acoustic songs from Selena Gomez and The Japanese House, and everything in between. It really is a full reco...view item »

The Horrors
Strange House

Now up comes the curtains and through the smoke come THE HORRORS with their debut album Strange House. Although its obviously an old image format of guys in black make up and big hair, there is something dead interesting about the dark dandies. The music is gothic punk and angst with Doors sounding keyboards and cl...view item »

Kate Nash
Made Of Bricks

Come on admit it. You've been counting down the days until the 10th anniversary of Kate Nash's debut 'Made of Bricks'. Now known more for being an activist and political mouth piece this harks back to the time she made actual music. She was dead sassy back then - a bit like a perky and tuneful Janet Street Porter...view item »

Lana Del Ray
Lust For Life

Now where have I heard that title before? Nope. It's not coming. Anyway here is global superstar Lana Del Ray with her guest straddled fourth album. The Weeknd, A$AP Rock and Stevie Nicks all make appearances here and its absolutely heartwarming to see her grinning away on ...view item »

Something To Tell You

This wasn't in the script. We were supposed to think they were cool. We were supposed to think that they updated the soft-rock of Fleetwood Mac providing a kooky West Coast edge and R & B stylings. We were not meant to think that they were even worse than Wilson Phillips...view item »


Feist’s third album, “Metals”, is arguably her best. It opens with “The Bad In Each Other”, a sparse, dusty guitar and percussion arrangement which builds towards a swelling chorus with brass, strings and soulful harmonies from all girl vocal trio Mountain Man. The use of Mountain Man as backing singers is a real pl...view item »

The Seldom Seen Kid

I tired of this album very quickly. The song "Grounds for Divorce" is really rocking, perhaps the best song on the album. "Friend of Ours" is very poignant and also very good. However, most of the other songs are lacklustre. They just feel like they are more built than inspired (if that makes any sense). If you are looking for a great Elbow album t...view item »

T2 Trainspotting (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

The long awaited return of Begbie, Sick Boy and Co. comes with another belter of a soundtrack. Re-featuring Iggy Pop and Underworld, alongside a mix of older classics such as Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Queen and new bloods Young Fathers and High Contr...view item »

Kendrick Lamar

Under no circumstances do you need Norman Records dot com to tell you that there’s a new Kendrick record, nor that we feel any way in particular about it. The rundown is that his half-time of ‘Untitled Unmastered’ is over and he continues to stagger down the grandiose path that the massive, encompassing and pretty amazing ...view item »


Leslie Feist comfortably forms part of the burgeoning spearhead of Canadian talent taking over the world. Nearly six years since her last release, Feist returns with an expansive and immersive full-length - crammed with organic production, sweet hooks and a cheeky Jarvis Cocker cameo. This is a creative ...view item »

Talk Talk
Laughing Stock

Well I never thought I'd be talking about this on the site. One of my all time favourite albums which I now have the excuse of playing again so I can write this! Ba Da Bing have fortuitously decided to release the vinyl of 'The Laughing Stock' which has been unavailable since the year dot in ...view item »

Clean Cut Kid
Make Believe

Though I would personally find it hard to sleep at night if I released a single as cheerful and optimistic as Make Believe, I shouldn't ruin the fun for those less pessimistic and cynical than myself. So what I will say is that the new Clean Cut Kid single is a highly polished and well written tune, with pl...view item »

The Rolling Stones
Blue & Lonesome

Blue and Lonesome sees The Rolling Stones, in the sixth decade of their recording career, going back to their roots and playing the blues. The album features versions of songs by Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon and Jimmy Reed It was recorded live in the studio in just three days. ...view item »

Ed Harcourt

Singer/Songwriter Ed Harcourt has taken on an ambitious project with his latest album Furnaces. Taking a break from writing hits for the likes of James Bay and Paloma Faith, he has enlisted the help of producer Flood to make the colours brighter, the dark bits darker an...view item »

Michael Kiwanuka
Love & Hate

British singer/songwriter Michael Kiwanuka has made an album in Love & Hate that embraces the long playing format. It’s a dynamic, nuanced collection that will find you reaching for the headphones for its more intimate moments. Whilst his debut LP Home Again recalled the classic soul of Bill W...view item »

James Blake
The Colour In Anything

James Blake surprises and delights the musical world with the sudden announcement + release of his third album. Reportedly co-written with Frank Ocean and co-produced with Rick Rubin, The Colour In Anything is another strong set of sad dancefloor smashes and bass-weighted piano ballads,...view item »

Arthur Beatrice
Keeping The Peace

London quartet Arthur Beatrice follow up their successful debut, Working Out,  with Keeping The Peace - a confident and colourful pop record that has been influenced by the band’s recent and varied listening habits: Kendrick Lamar, Kasami Washington, Four Tet, Joanna Newsom and...view item »

Clean Cut Kid
Pick Me Up

Clean Cut Kid are a Liverpool indie band who have yet to release a full-length album. Fans will thus grasp Pick Me Up, their third single, with great enthusiasm. Indie radio anthem status could well await this bouncy pop tune, which is backed by an exclusive demo version of ‘In Your Eyes’. Limited edition Re...view item »

The 1975
I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It

It goes without saying that when a band’s debut album sells more than a million copies that their follow-up will be eagerly awaited. Well, folks, the wait is over as the new album by The 1975 is here! Snappily titled I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It, it takes the catchy hooks...view item »

Guy Garvey
Courting The Squall

You won't need us to review this as all you need to do is to tune into 6 Music at any time day or night and you'll hear Guy either singing, talking or being talked about. The relentless promotion of his work by 6 Music continues in such a shameless fashion that I genuinely wonder if they have even noticed that they are just repeating the unbeara...view item »

Clean Cut Kid

Liverpool’s Clean Cut are very proud of their new single Runaway, a song whose lyrical focus is pretty bleak but whose music is pretty bouncy. Lines like “you’ll never known until reality bites / until it bites you” aren’t too special, but the general tone is effective as an expression of y...view item »

Years & Years

Shine By Years & Years finally gets the 7” vinyl treatment after it rode high on the hit parade, which is still a thing, apparently. The young electronica three piece from London have been massively popular in their short career. Shine is the follow-up to their number one hit, King and is tak...view item »

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Karen O was in her peroxide blonde phase for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' fourth album Mosquito, an under-produced, raw sounding album that some said lacked some of the vibrancy of their earlier work. She may have been having more fun in her blonde days, but she also had less energy in the recording studio. On vi...view item »

Frank Turner
Positive Songs For Negative People

Positive Songs For Negative People is album number six from singer/songwriter Frank Turner. Once again he is backed by his trusty sidekicks The Sleeping Souls. He recorded the album in Nashville with producer Butch Walker at the controls. Like his best work, Turner tells tales of people winning aga...view item »

Snow Patrol
Take Back The City

Snow Patrol have confused us all by recruiting an American singer who sounds a bit like Dave Grohl and rocking out a revolutionary anthem called 'Take Back the City'. If this won't get all of us apathetic losers off out of our armchairs and out protesting in the streets nothing will.. Unfortunately for these jokers we'll probably be holding signs s...view item »

Years & Years

Years & Years are a London-based electro-pop trio who have spent the last four years touring worldwide, picking up the prestigious BBC Sound of 2015 poll award on their way. Built from layers of bittersweet, softly sung, emotional vocals over sharp, upbeat rhythms, their music is a powerful blend of danceable balladry....view item »

Surfing The Void

The newie from Klaxons has all the hallmarks of a great record..well, its got a Cat in a space suit on the front cover. Which gets my vote any day of the week, sir. The songs have oblique references to space and time travel. Which also gets the nod from me sir. It has a dry sound that do sent pulverize your ear holes, it sort of rubs them fondly...view item »

The 1975

The 1975's fourth E.P, which is suitably named I.V., may have been recorded in a week, but it is not telling whatsoever. The E.P kicks off with 'The City' with its infectious beat, catchy tune and heavy drums - a song that will be stuck in your head for the coming weeks and months, but then the E.P delves into a different side of The 1975 with t...view item »

The Cure
The Only One

Oh dear oh dear....The Cure are back with a single called 'The Only One'. From the very first second onwards it sounds exactly like The Cure, tuneful indie with a Fat Bob vocal so whiny that it is actually dangerous to the ears. This song is a form of torture and proceeds to go precisely nowhere. It has the feel of a sweaty middle aged double gl...view item »

The 1975
The 1975

I cannot see how this band have managed to sell out shows at massive venues such as Alexandra Palace. The vocals are so whiny it hurts; they bring absolutely nothing to the table. The instrumentation is awful. There is no raw and real emotion in any of the instruments, the guitars are low in the mix as is the fashion in pop music these days. WAR...view item »

The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground (the third one!)

To celebrate the enduring longevity and indelible influence of The Velvet Underground Polydore/UME are releasing 'The Velvet Underground-45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition', which features 64 tracks in a six-CD package. Originally released in 1969, The Velvet Underground’s self-titled third album famously departed from t...view item »

La Roux
Trouble In Paradise

The daughter of TV’s June Ackland (The Bill) is back for another go after a successful first outing. In my review of her first album era single ‘I Am Not A Toy’ I was already talking about what would happen when the time came for her ‘difficult’ second album to appear. Well here it is, the ice cream hair has...view item »

Lana Del Rey

I've been listening to this whilst eating a couple of sandwiches. There is one absolutely great song on this record 'West Coast' which has the dark and dusky Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks sound before spluttering into an incredibly lovely breathy chorus. Its like ...view item »

Aloe Blacc
Lift Your Spirit

My knowledge of singer/songwriter Aloe Blacc is pretty limited. He made his way on to Peanut Butter Wolf’s Stones Throw Records and released a couple of LPs to great acclaim (of which I’ve watched pass through Norman Towers unappreciated), being dubbed the 'indie R.Kelly' along the way....view item »

Arthur Beatrice

Arthur Beatrice sounds like the name of a man, but this isn't a man singing on this record. Further research indicates that Arthur Beatrice is in fact a four-piece, with vocalist Ella Girardot backed by a man called Orlando Leopard and two brothers called Elliot and Hamish. 'Midland' is their new single, and it's a slick and understated ...view item »

Arthur Beatrice
Working Out

Working Out is the new album by English indie-poppers Arthur Beatrice. The band Formed in 2010 and were awarded the accolade of the Guardian’s New Band Of The Day in 2011. They have been compared to The Sundays, The Smiths and The XX but all you really need to kno...view item »

The Naked and Famous
In Rolling Waves

Well, it's certainly not a bad album; it's just not what I was expecting. Most of the songs are sort of slow/pensive and they're a little repetitive. The ideas here are solid, but I wish there were more ideas per song. Also, this album lost a lot of the "pop" that "Passive Me..." had. Again, not a bad album, but not what I expected. AGAIN, I'm n...view item »

Days Are Gone

Haim delivered some of the stand out singles from 2013 with 'The Wire', 'Forever', 'Falling' and 'Don't Save Me'. This album continues in this fashion with a host of more great song writing and smooth production. The synths on 'My Song 5' are thunderous; this song in particular really shows how diverse the band can be. I would strongly recommend...view item »

James Blake

The story goes something like this, precocious young man releases slew of excellent electronic 12”s garnering the love of head nodding types before doing an about turn into whiney electro soul on debut album leaving most previous fans crestfallen but forges  headlong into a kind of coffee table soul with the soul bit taken out garneri...view item »

The Maccabees
Given To The Wild

Think of the atmospherics of Coldplay with the driving energy of Mumford & Sons. I actually discovered this band after hearing them on "Mumford and Sons and Friends". Every single song soars and this is one of those very rare hooked-on-first-listen experiences - one of those rare albums that you can listen to, through its entirety, over and ...view item »

Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Fever To Tell

Yeah! Yeah Yeah Yeahs are giving us the chance to enjoy their fierce little debut album Fever To Tell all over again, just in advance of the record’s fifteenth annive...view item »

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