Review: Heather Woods Broderick – Invitation Rating 86%

Review: Heather Woods Broderick – Invitation

Oregon-based musician has released this unassuming, yet astounding new album, Invitation, which comes out today via Western Vinyl. Having previously performed with the likes of Sharon Van Etten, Efterklang and Laura Gibson it’s no surprise to hear that her new record is laden with stunning dream-pop noise, clearly influenced by her home in the Pacific North West.

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Review: Girl Rating 88%

Review: Girl

As I said in my review of The Wild Boys, some films come with an in-built plot-spoiler. In the case of Girl, while the brochure blurb gave away the transgender theme, the first scenes had something of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando about them. That opening sentence that says ‘He – for there could be no doubt of his sex…’ rang through my mind as I pondered over which gender was transitioning to which.

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Review: How To Be Invisible by Kate Bush Rating 82%

Review: How To Be Invisible by Kate Bush

An unusual title, with songs selected and arranged by the author, and compelling introduction by novelist David Mitchell, How To Be Invisible presents the lyrics of Kate Bush published together for the first time. A book that is akin to a poetry collection, except David is correct, you cannot help yourself but sing along to the lyrics that you know, recollecting those beloved songs from this cherished singer/songwriter.

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Review: Wild Rose Rating 85%

Review: Wild Rose

It is an irritating fact of life that people who are very talented at one thing tend to be talented at everything they do. Jessie Buckley is one of those people. Plucked from obscurity as a teenager in Ireland, she found herself on a talent show performing musical theatre for Andrew Lloyd-Webber. Within a few years she had done Sondheim in the West End, War and Peace for the BBC, Shakespeare at The Globe and, in Taboo, stolen all her scenes with Tom Hardy. Now, with Wild Rose, Buckley not only acts and sings, she reveals she can also do comedy. And a convincing Glasgow accent.

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Review: My Name Is Monster by Katie Hale Rating 68%

Review: My Name Is Monster by Katie Hale

My Name Is Monster first attracted my attention, as I was aware of the name Katie Hale, through the poetry scene, and it’s dystopian flavours appealed, but this is at it’s heart a story of survival, which is never really fully explained, and a character that I’m not sure develops with all that goes on around her.

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Review: Steel Country Rating 67%

Review: Steel Country

Steel Country is the new feature from Simon Fellows starring Sherlock’s Andrew Scott as a local sanitation truck driver, Donald, who plays detective, obsessing with an investigation after a young boy’s body is found in a backward town in Trump’s backwater USA. With solid performances from both Scott and Bronagh Waugh, who plays Donny’s sanitation side-kick, Donna Reutzel, there is potential with this feature, a clear depiction of the isolation and remoteness of these kind of towns in the US.

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Review: Kim Edgar Rating 88%

Review: Kim Edgar

Established as recently as February of this year, the weekly RootsBase series of gigs, held in the Rose Theatre’s Gilded Balloon Basement, is already proving to be a very welcome addition to Edinburgh’s music scene. On 26th March, it was the turn of Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter and pianist, Kim Edgar, to grace this intimate space and she was given a suitably warm and rousing welcome to the stage. The opening song, the gracefully lilting Leaf For A Sail, was inspired by a line from a John Glenday poem and served early notice of Kim Edgar’s gifts as a storyteller in song. Edgar informed us that she had delivered on her promise to write three new songs in time for this gig and the first of these was You Are Loved, a heartfelt and heart-warming message to mark her niece’s 18th birthday. Anchor In The Sky used the North Star as a motif in a moving tribute to the Good Samaritans of this world. Having once been dubbed “Edinburgh’s very own Tori Amos”, Kim Edgar is equally adept at crafting songs which are deliciously dark and edgy and this was exemplified by the heady swirl and underlying menace of Scissors, Paper, Stone. Edgar’s graceful vocals positively soared on the sweeping and majestic Red, an affectionate reflection on her mum’s early life growing up in Bathgate.

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Review: The Dollmaker by Nina Allan Rating 73%

Review: The Dollmaker by Nina Allan

Nina Allan’s third novel, The Dollmaker, is an exploration of human nature, love and connections. But it is also so much more than that. Nina Allan’s novel delves deep into what it is to be an outsider and how people overcome past tragedies and traumas and she does that through the main characters of the story Andrew and Bramber and their passion for dolls.

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