Gavan Reilly's Portfolio writings, ramblings, mumblings

Published on
21 November, 2005

Published in
The University Observer

Whatever Happened To… the Britpop bands?

Gav Reilly takes a look at where the main players in Britpop disappeared to… Blur went weird. Graham Coxon left in 2001, and had a successful solo career (notably the great single ‘Freaking Out’); Damon Albarn lost his hair, went to Mali and made a CD, came back, bought a sampler and started Gorillaz; Alex […]


Published on
11 October, 2005

Published in
The University Observer

Album review: Autamata – Short Stories

To describe Autamata as a band is a tenuous statement – ok, yes, there are three members, but in essence Autamata are as much a band as The Streets, where for ‘Skinner’ read Ken McHugh, who plays a frankly scary list of instruments on Short Stories varying from guitar and ye olde piano to theremin, […]


Published on
6 June, 2005

Published in
Cluas.com

Album review: Oasis – Don’t Believe The Truth

Review Snapshot: Sixth studio album from Manchester uber-deities. With the score for the brothers Gallagher tentatively weighted at two albums ‘for’ and three ‘against’, a band motto “we didn’t have the songs” is losing credibility. Under attack, our heroes retreat to the studio living on borrowed time. Will Father Time catch up with them forever? […]


Published on
21 October, 2004

Published in
Cluas.com

Gig review: The Divine Comedy @ the Olympia Theatre

Review Snapshot: The Neil Hannon Show rolls into town for the final date in a week-long Irish tour with double-bass and accordion in tow. The CLUAS Verdict? 8 out of 10 Before the show nobody was quite sure what to expect from Neil Hannon and his newly, slimmed-down Divine Comedy; it had only been a […]


Published on
1 April, 2004

Published in
Cluas.com

Ten Great Music Videos: Radiohead – ‘Just’

as part of Cluas’s ten best videos of all time feature. Radiohead – ‘Just’ Taken from the band’s 1995 offering, The Bends, it’s fair to say that this video did as much as the music in bringing Radiohead’s new blends to the masses. As the band watch the street below a man walking by decides […]


Published on
1 April, 2004

Published in
Cluas.com

Top 5: Irish Albums of All Time

Act: Damien Rice Album: ‘O’ Overlooked initially upon its 2002 release, O is a true success story of romantic proportions. Taking Ireland, the UK, Europe and now the US by storm, largely through word-of-mouth, it’s the stuff of legend. Gifted musician fronts Next Big Thing (Juniper), leaves on verge of greatness, emigrates to continental Europe […]


Published on
20 November, 2003

Published in
Cluas.com

Album review: Jamie Cullum – Twentysomething

A few things to point out first: (a) This is not a jazz album in the unapproachable sense – there are Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Buckley covers here; (b) This is not some pet project funded by BBC’s Michael Parkinson for some upstart he happens to like. This is a bona fide listenable and enjoyable […]


Published on
29 June, 2003

Published in
Cluas.com

Album review: Radiohead – Hail to the Thief

Ed O’Brien, Radiohead perpetual nice-guy guitarist, reckons if his band were a football team, they’d be Man United and not Real Madrid, as Coldplay’s Chris Martin thinks. If he’s right, then, just as the Red Devils were written off and then returned with a bang (albeit unconvincingly) to regain Champions status, so Radiohead will soon […]


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