Jonathan O’Brien

Jonathan O’Brien

Sonic Youth: Rather Ripped (Geffen)

Sonic Youth: Rather Ripped (Geffen)

Sonic Youth’s moment has passed, all of 20 years ago in fact, when they rewrote the alternative rock template with the brilliant Sister and its even better follow-up Daydream Nation.

Various artists: Rip It Up And Start Again (V2)

Various artists: Rip It Up And Start Again (V2)

A spin-off from the excellent book of the same name by Simon Reynolds, this compilation takes an impressive stab at capturing the moment of frenzied creativity that occurred in the wake of punk, when rock music hurled itself in a thousand different s

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Stadium Arcadium (Warner Bros)

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Stadium Arcadium (Warner Bros)

Double albums are usually a bad idea for all sorts of reasons (overambitious, way too long, packed with filler tracks that should never have made it beyond the demo stage).

The Streets: The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living (679 Recordings)

The Streets: The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living (679 Recordings)

It’s taken two years for Mike Skinner to make the transition from a genuinely original songwriter into a tired hack writing songs about record companies, conniving groupies and dreary hotel rooms.

Flaming Lips: At War With The Mystics (Warner Bros)

Flaming Lips: At War With The Mystics (Warner Bros)

Like everything else the Flaming Lips have released in the past 15 years, At War With The Mystics is a terrific album.