Lou Fulco

Lou Fulco works as a bookseller at Readings Hawthorn.

Reviews

Well, Really, Mr Twiddle! by Enid Blyton

Reviewed by Lou Fulco

I would say it has been at least 40 years since I laid eyes on this book. Looking at my copy of Well Really, Mr Twiddle! from when I was a kid, with its missing hardback cover and tattered edges, mak…

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High Hopes by Bruce Springsteen

Reviewed by Lou Fulco

The American myth gets a reboot! On Springsteen’s eighteenth studio album (if this could indeed be called a studio album) we are introduced to a collection of covers, outtakes and re-workings of coll…

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Behind The Candelabra

Reviewed by Lou Fulco

This made-for-TV movie (which later received a cinematic release) recounts the stormy six-year relationship between flamboyant entertainer Liberace (Michael Douglas) and his younger lover Scott Thors…

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Once I was an Eagle by Laura Marling

Reviewed by Lou Fulco

Twenty-three years old. I say again, Laura Marling is 23 years old. I don’t know why this surprises me, but it does – in a positive way. I guess it’s just that what I hear come out of the speakers so…

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Division Street by Harper Simon

Reviewed by Lou Fulco

Harper Simon turns up the volume with Division Street, the follow-up to his very successful self-titled 2010 debut. His intelligent, well-crafted lyrics remain, but the lines are a little more blurre…

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The Next Day by David Bowie

Reviewed by Lou Fulco

A while back, word had spread that a new David Bowie single had hit YouTube. Was this a one-off? Was an album on the way?

I knew he had suffered a heart attack a while back and had ‘retired’ from mu…

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Sweetwater by The Glorious

Reviewed by Lou Fulco

When I listen to the second album of a band that impressed me with their debut, all I ask for is that I see a growth, both in songwriting and artistically. I am glad to say that the dreaded ‘second a…

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Jake Bugg by Jake Bugg

Reviewed by Lou Fulco

It has been a meteoric rise for 18-year-old Jake Bugg. An appearance on Later… with Jools Holland and a support gig for Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds has brought him to the attention of the musi…

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Other Side Of The Rock by Shane Howard

Reviewed by Lou Fulco

Shane Howard celebrates the thirtieth anniversary of his groundbreaking ‘Solid Rock’ from Spirit of Place with Other Side of the Rock, a reworking of some of his best-known songs spanning an illustri…

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Glad All Over by The Wallflowers

Reviewed by Lou Fulco

This much-anticipated album sees Jakob Dylan and original and longtime band members return to what they do best.

More of a rediscovery of the sound that brought The Wallflowers fame and success, thi…

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Transcendental Youth by The Mountain Goats

Reviewed by Lou Fulco

This is the fourteenth release by The Mountain Goats, a Californian band formed by frontman and songwriter John Darnielle. While the songs ache with the wretched lives of the lost and lonely and desp…

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Hundred Dollar Valentine by Chris Smither

Reviewed by Lou Fulco

The first thing that strikes you when listening to Hundred Dollar Valentine is just how much the feel and tone is steeped in the past, yet also manages to sound so in the now.

Smither has delivered …

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Uncaged by Zac Brown Band

Reviewed by Lou Fulco

Zac Brown Band have become one of America’s most heralded acts, with their first two albums selling squillions and winning a host of major awards. The band has toured extensively and has become a…

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The Tarnished Gold by Beachwood Sparks

Reviewed by Lou Fulco

Life moves in slow motion, time to smell the freshly mown grass, gaze at the stars and watch the ocean roll in. Welcome to the world of Beachwood Sparks and their warm, dreamy journey through summer …

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Rhythm & Repose by Glenn Hansard

Reviewed by Lou Fulco

Hansard releases his first album of new material since 2009’s Strict Joy by The Swell Season.

Over a 20-year or so period he has been responsible for music by The Frames and The Swell Season (with…

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Everybody’s Talkin' by Tedeschi Trucks Band

Reviewed by Lou Fulco

This double live CD was recorded during the band’s Revelator tour in 2011.

It features a mix of originals as well as covers of rock, R&B and gospel classics that showcase the band’s rich blues and …

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Boys & Girls by the Alabama Shakes

Reviewed by Lou Fulco, Readings Hawthorn

Formed in Athens in 2009, the Alabama Shakes deliver an album full of punchy blues-rock and southern soul. Often compared to the Black Keys and Drive By Truckers, on first listen it’s not hard to dis…

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News

The Best DVDs of 2013

by Lou Fulco

Our top ten DVDs from 2013, as selected by our film expert Lou Fulco. (Displayed in no particular order).

The Perks of Being A Wallflower

The Perks of Being A Wallflower is a film that actually does justice to the book it was based on. On screen, Stephen Chbosky’s novel of teenage angst and life-changing friendships is honestly and unflinchingly portrayed. Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra…

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An Artist That Changed My Life: Bruce Springsteen

by Lou Fulco

A year before Born To Run came out, music critic Jon Landau saw a performance where many of the as yet unreleased songs were performed and wrote: “I saw rock and roll’s future, and its name is Bruce Springsteen. And on a night when I needed to feel young, he made me feel like I was hearing music for the very first time.“

Those words describe the exact feeling that surges through my body every ti…

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