Greg Russell, Inclined To Be Red. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

There are colonies of bees that swarm all over the land in search of such richness, the flower that supplies the seeds for the recipe of the finest honey and the way it adds a slight golden hue to the endeavour of the day’s work; nobody has told them they that to be seen as super productive if front of their demanding queen, all they have to do is listen to the sound of Greg Russell’s debut solo album, Inclined To Be Red, and the elixir of life will be theirs for the taking.

Robin Trower, Time And Emotion. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

There are times in life when Time and Emotion are necessary answers to the question, What Was I Really Worth To You?, in the case of the audience and musician relationship there should be only one reply but it is one that can be disguised by arrogance and the dismissive thought of when one or the other once cool partners becomes disheartened by the appeal or the pre-requisite of love.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, Lay It On Down. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

They say that life is a journey, that every moment is filled with ability to take a pencil out of your coat pocket, find a clear page in a notebook and consider the achievement of crossing over the bridge, of metaphorically scaling the height of something as tall and monumental and as historic as the Louisiana State Capitol Building or navigating the mighty Sabine River; life is a journey, life demands that anything you believe notable should be written about and above all you should Lay It On Down for others to conjure and wish to experience.

The Pain Of Google Mapping.

I hurt myself last night,

indirectly, in the harsh light of a 20 watt shadow

but instead of beating myself up

and seeing people who have wandered

in and out of my life,

their times and happiness running

through my head, I chose to quieten

them all by looking at Google Maps

and the places where my own happiness

briefly

once stood like a monument

in a desert occupied by barking dogs

and rivers

damned up long ago.

Never trust Time

to stand still for you,

Doctor Who: World Enough And Time. Television Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Cast: Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Matt Lucas, Michelle Gomez, John Simm, Oliver Lansley, Paul Brightwell, Alison Lintott, Nicholas Briggs.

To the coy Mistress, all will come to pass when she meets her former self, till then “Had we but world enough, and time” then perhaps the puzzle and the death of a friend might be more easily dealt with but then nothing is that simple in the world of the two part finale and especially not in the realm of Time and the Doctor.

Museum Of Backward Hats, Melancholy. E.P. Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * * *

Excitements, the feeling of raw power, of having a band play in your ears that know exactly when to lick the guitar string on the ear drum and perform with entanglement and a fist firmly clenched right up infront of your face; no malice, no sense of terror or unabridged alarm, this is just a group of musicians to whom the passion has become one of revolution and the smack of the great Punk ethic.

Andrea Stray, Into Blue. E.P. Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Flirting with the American way can leave one tantalisingly close to feeling somewhat euphoric, it can leave the listener craving for more of the individual in a country that sometimes doesn’t recognise the need for the personal thought; a country of vast beauty and outstanding people, often ground down by the weight of expectation that hits home with every artist that sees others falling through the cracks and disappearing from view, from life.

Debbie Bond, Winds Of Change. Single Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Of late it has seemed that if you are an artist of any creed, background or learning, it is possible that you will have had the seemingly inevitable rounds of criticism suggesting you should stay out of politics; that your sole function is to entertain and not have an opinion. It seems incongruous that an artist who perhaps might be able to be able to demonstrate a reasoned debate should be told to keep out of something, to be quiet and demure like some post Georgian debutant at her first outing.

Churchill. Film Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Cast: Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery, Ella Purnell, Julian Wadham, Richard Durden, James Purefoy, Danny Webb, Jonathan Aris, George Anton, Steven Cree, Angela Costello, Peter Ormond, Kevin Findlay.

Tom Holt, The Management Style Of The Supreme Beings. Book Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 9/10

In days such as these when British politics is doing its level best to provide its own particular brand of satire and absurd-ism, laughter, a look into the eyes of the strangely bizarre and reasonably silly is all the more important; for all what life throws at us, we have to have the ability to look the script provided by the cosmic joker and laugh.