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Album Review: U2 – Songs of Experience

December 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

“Too big to fail” usually refers to financial institutions which are so large and entwined that their failure would have drastic consequences on the broader economy, but the phrase could easily be applied to the...

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Album Review: Björk – Utopia

December 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

With a duration of nearly seventy-two minutes, Björk’s Utopia stands as her longest studio album yet. And, if the Icelandic singer’s ninth album seems somewhat abstruse and self-indulgent, that’s because it is. That’s not a...

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Album Review: Barenaked Ladies – Fake Nudes

November 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

Being four, fully clothed middle-aged men, Fake Nudes is the perfect title for a Barenaked Ladies album. Personal preference will dictate whether you scold the Canadian group for taking three decades and fifteen studio albums...

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Album Review: Sia – Everyday Is Christmas

November 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Even as a child I was never big on Christmas – much to the chagrin of some members of my family – and as an adult and burgeoning curmudgeon greetings of ‘Merry Christmas’ see me...

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Marshall Mathers III – better known as Eminem – is no stranger to shocking audiences with his music. With Walk on Water, the first single from his forthcoming ninth studio album Revival, the shock isn’t...

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Album Review: Seal – Standards

November 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Looking at album sales and chart positions, it would be easy to conclude that British singer Seal peaked in the mid-nineties when Kiss from a Rose surged up the charts a year after its initial...

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Despite the country’s reputation for being polite, friendly, and generally likeable, Canada has managed to produce musical acts that attract commercial success and public derision in roughly equal measure. We’re looking at you Bieber and...

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Tennessean singer-songwriter Kelsea Ballerini established herself as a talent to watch with a self-titled EP in 2014 and The First Time, her début album in 2015. Now twenty-four years of age, Ballerini returns with her...

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With Christmas fast approaching, ‘tis the season for boxsets, deluxe editions, and best of compilations. And so it is that influential English synth-pop outfit Tears for Fears release the sixteen track collection, Rule the World:...

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Album Review: The LaFontaines – Common Problem

November 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

A year after forming, Glaswegian quintet The LaFontaines landed themselves a spot performing at the T in the Park festival in 2011, becoming semi-regulars over the subsequent years. Since then the group has worked assiduously...

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Album Review: Guy Sebastian – Conscious

November 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Back in 2003 Guy Sebastian rose to prominence first as a contestant on, and eventually as the winner of, the inaugural season of Australian Idol. Releasing a steady stream of singles, extended-plays, and albums, Sebastian...

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The past few years have seen Floridian metal outfit Trivium change drummers more frequently than a bass player changes strings. On their eighth album, The Sin and the Sentence, Trivium introduces their fans to the...

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Album Review: Rachel Platten – Waves

November 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Rachel Platten’s career reads like a textbook account of a singer/songwriter seeking to make it in the unforgiving music industry. However, there are two points from which Platten’s story diverges from the norm. The first...

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