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Album Review: Chris Young – Losing Sleep

November 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

For thirty-two-year-old Chris Young, the past decade has been a storied one, with a win on the 2006 season of Nashville Star landing him a recording contract and propelling him to the top of the...

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Album Review: dvsn – Morning After

November 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

With the release of their début album, Sept. 5th, nearly a year and a half ago, Canadian duo dvsn – pronounced ‘division’ – stepped out from behind the veil of anonymity that had surrounded them...

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Album Review: Sam Smith – The Thrill of it All

November 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Despite having a recording career reaching back into his mid-teens, Sam Smith didn’t garner substantial recognition for his vocal talents until 2012 when he featured on the Disclosure single, Latch, as a twenty-year-old. What followed...

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Album Review: Kelly Clarkson – Meaning of Life

October 24, 2017 | 2 Comments

A flurry of success met Kelly Clarkson after she took out the inaugural season of American Idol in 2002, and subsequent seasons and countless other talent shows have taught us that this type of success...

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Album Review: The Darkness – Pinewood Smile

October 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s been fourteen years since English quartet The Darkness firmly established their modus operandi with their début album, Permission to Land, and its breakthrough single, I Believe in a Thing Called Love. It was a...

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Album Review: Robert Plant – Carry Fire

October 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

If someone asked you to describe what a rock-god looks like, chances are you’d describe a jean-clad, twenty-something-year-old man with a mane of long, wild hair, chest bared underneath an open shirt, and dripping as...

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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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