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Album Review: P!nk – Beautiful Trauma

October 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

From early on in her solo career, Alecia Moore has cultivated a reputation for being a fiercely independent and outspoken alternative to the “standard” female pop stars who dominated the scene in the late ‘90s...

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Album Review: Belinda Carlisle – Wilder Shores

October 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

For a band forming in Los Angeles in the late ‘70s, and rising to prominence in the early ‘80’s, partaking in drugs and alcohol may well have been considered par for the course. Yet for...

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Like many of her Disney alum, Demi Lovato has been on a quest for a more mature sound and image as she has moved into adulthood. In a lot of cases, this takes the form...

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Album Review: The Horrors – V

October 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Since emerging in 2007 with their goth-meets-garage rock début album, Strange House, English quintet The Horrors have been somewhat restless when it comes to their sound, with each subsequent release seeing the band shift tone....

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Album Review: Miley Cyrus – Younger Now

October 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

As befits a young adult stepping out into the world on their own, Miley Cyrus has tried out multiple personas and sounds since stepping out of the shadow of the big mouse and the Hannah...

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Album Review: Anastacia – Evolution

October 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Pop-music has long been obsessed with youthfulness, with the industry primed to constantly ply the public with a steady stream of fresh young faces. It is not a business that is overly friendly to the...

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Album Review: Motörhead – Under Cöver

September 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

2015 was a brutal year for fans of English hard-rockers Motörhead. First, the band’s (twice) former-drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor – who played on many of the group’s biggest hits – passed away in early...

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Album Review: Fink – Resurgam

September 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Fink is the pseudonym of the Berlin-based English singer-songwriter, Fin Greenall. It is also the name of the three-piece band he formed in the mid-2000s – with bassist Guy Whittaker and drummer Tim Thornton –...

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Album Review: Enter Shikari – The Spark

September 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Opening with a track entitled The Spark, and ending on one titled The Embers, you would be excused for expecting an incendiary forty-minutes from Enter Shikari’s fifth album, The Spark. Instead, the English quartet travels...

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Album Review: Nick Mulvey – Wake Up Now

September 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Having studied ethnomusicology at the University of London and performed in the jazz and world music infused ensemble, Portico Quartet, it is probably not too surprising that Nick Mulvey offers a slightly different take on...

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Album Review: Sparks – Hippopotamus

September 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

If you like your music to have a wry sense of humour and include references to exotic animals, 15th-century Dutch painters, classic automobiles, anonymous literature, and tragic Shakespearean characters, then Sparks have you covered. And...

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Album Review: Neil Young – Hitchhiker

September 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Forty-one years ago, on August 11 1976, Neil Young entered Indigo Studios in Malibu, along with his long-standing studio collaborator David Brings, and committed ten acoustic tracks to tape over the course of a single...

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Album Review: Anna of the North – Lovers

September 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Anna of the North developed out of a chance encounter between Norwegian Anna Lotterud and New Zealander Brady Daniell-Smith in a bar in Melbourne. Lotterud – who impulsively travelled to Australia after an anonymous customer...

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