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Russ Coffey

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Russ directed the award-winning documentary Hookers For Jesus and has also written on serial killer Dennis Nilsen, the Church of Scientology and been a contemporary music critic for the Daily Telegraph and The Times.

Articles by Russ Coffey

CD: Kula Shaker - K2.0

When Kula Shaker first tasted success in 1996, classic rock was at its least fashionable. That, however, wasn't the reason the band was considered faintly preposterous – Reef, after all,...

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CD: Turin Brakes - Lost Property

There's something comforting about Turin Brakes and their psychedelic take on Seventies folk-rock. Partly it's their melodies. But there's also an inherent honesty in the duo's tight harmonies and...

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Albums of 2015: John Grant - Grey Tickles, Black Pressure

When was the last time a singer really spoke to your inner thoughts? Not the sanitised version you offer up on Facebook, nor even your occasional breakdown, but the everyday stuff – the...

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CD: Kim Wilde - Wilde Winter Songbook (Deluxe)

As many colleagues have remarked over the past week, Christmas is that time of the year when, musically speaking, all bets are off. Whilst some prefer the season's more artsy offerings, personally, I...

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CD: Def Leppard - Def Leppard

In 1987 Def Leppard released Hysteria, a high-water mark in the history of soft rock. Not only was it gloriously infectious but there was also a moving backstory. To recap: the band’s drummer, Rick...

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Cat Power, St John-at-Hackney Church

On record, Cat aka Chan Marshall is the quintessence of hip. From art-rock to blues, her vocals are cool and effortless. Live, however, things have been notoriously inconsistent. Google “Cat Power...

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CD: James Morrison - Higher Than Here

James Morrison is undeniably one of pop’s more likeable and unassuming recent stars. Influential too: his laid-back sound has paved the way for recent megastars like George Ezra and Ed Sheeran. How...

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CD: W.A.S.P. - Golgotha

It’s sometimes suggested that few things in music are as ridiculous as Christian metal. The point, however, is moot. The band Stryper, for instance, play with such inspired fury any sermonising seems...

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Heartless Bastards, Borderline

Some consider Heartless Bastards to be the best band you’ve probably never heard of – albeit blighted by an awful name. Others say the Texas-based four-piece are merely a jumped-up garage band....

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CD: Natalie Imbruglia - Male

Is it really 18 years since Natalie Imbruglia had her mega-hit “Torn”? Since then her musical career has been pretty low-key. This week, however, she returns with Male, an album of covers all...

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CD: Iron and Wine/ Ben Bridwell - Sing Into My Mouth

A cover of Talking Heads' “This Must Be the Place” opens Sing Into My Mouth and it's classic Iron and Wine - all Appalachian harmonies and gently plucked guitar. Like Sam Beam's...

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theartsdesk Q&A: Musician Richard Thompson

On paper, Richard Thompson's career seems every bit as exotic as one of his songs. At the age of 18 he helped found folk-rock pioneers, Fairport Convention. Later, in the Seventies, he and wife Linda...

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CD: FFS - FFS

Being arty, in pop, is generally considered a good thing. When it comes to being clever, though, things are less clear. Three-minute songs are, after all, mainly about feelings: about how much you’ve...

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CD: The Darkness - Last of Our Kind

The Darkness, despite their current sober lifestyle, claim to be back with music that makes “women weak at the knees and men shit their pants”. If only! The lorry loads of booze and cocaine may be a...

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Mark Knopfler, O2 Arena

For many, Mark Knopfler will forever evoke a golden age of Eighties' soft rock. His headband might have been easy to mock but his blistering, finger-picking was undeniably thrilling. Latterly, though...

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CD: Brandon Flowers - The Desired Effect

Remember how in the Eighties, lead-singer solo albums would consist of a few songs left over from the day job played on synthesisers? That’s how Killers’ Brandon Flowers' second solo effort feels. At...

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