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Six albums into a career that has spanned a successful decade, and with Hit the Ground Running, his latest record and first independent release of his career after splitting from his home within a major label, being released within the past couple of months, singer-songwriter and guitar maestro Newton Faulkner is busy promoting said new...

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Swedish tour de force Tove Lo’s third album BLUE LIPS has finally landed on planet earth. Within Tove’s signature branch of female empowerment, there are bangers aplenty that highlight an artist committed to seeing her vision through at every step. BLUE LIPS is 44 minutes worth of raw female sexuality and sensuality, delivered in the kind of confident tone...

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Album Review: Green Day – God’s Favorite Band

November 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

When it comes to greatest hits albums, the best way to experience them is chronologically. Green Day’s latest collection (after 2001’s International Superhits) traces the band’s progress from Kerplunk! cut 2000 Light Years Away, all the way to their Grammy-winning success in the early noughties. The band has been going for 31 years, and it’s...

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Chris Brown’s latest – an ambitious and expansive 45-track double album – sees the artist testing the patience and fortitude of his dedicated fans. The album features an impressive array of guest appearances (Usher, DeJ Loaf, Lil Yachty, Ty Dolla $ign, and Kodak Black among others), and the range of styles and moods to be expected...

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Album Review: Paloma Faith – The Architect

November 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Paloma Faith’s return to the spotlight has been quiet, far less vocal than her previous exploits. The Architect is the fourth record from the quirky Londoner, a grandiose exploration of multiple political landscapes. The album opens with a spoken word intro from none other than Samuel L. Jackson, actual Mace Windu sounding off about Evolution over a sultry jazz...

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Album Review: Blake Shelton – Texoma Shore

November 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Blake Shelton, a country artist with a huge history, known just to some as The Voice judge and Gwen Stefani’s boyfriend, is here with Texoma Shore, his 10th studio album. With over 10 million records sold worldwide, there’s immense pressure on Shelton with every release, does this one stack up? Texoma Shore, recorded on the...

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Celebrating a phenomenal career that has spanned the best part of the past 40 years, national treasure Alison Moyet has little left to achieve as one of the most successful and cherished singers, songwriters and musical pioneers of British music. As latest album Other continues to inspire fans who have helped the deep-voiced superstar shift...

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Album Review: Taylor Swift – Reputation

November 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

The end of 2017 is nigh, but in a year crammed full of high octane releases you would be a fool for thinking Ms Swift would let herself be left out. Reputation is the one time country sweetheart’s sixth album and easily her most controversial yet. A mastermind behind a well-oiled PR machine, Taylor returns to a...

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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 second record, Unapologetically. Unsurprisingly for an artist based out of Nashville, Ballerini’s music has an inflection of country to it,...

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Album Review: Evanescence – Synthesis

November 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Having heard the cries of millions yelling “WAKE ME UP INSIDE”, Evanescence return with Synthesis – their first album in 7 years; this time calling in a full orchestra to rework a plethora of oldies as well as two entirely new tracks. Embarking on their most ambitious project to date, singer Amy Lee describes the writing process...

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With latest record Silver Eye still relatively warm on the digital shelves, UK synth-pop icons Goldfrapp have been celebrating one of the finest releases of their career to date with a tour of the UK; translating their latest masterpiece onto the stages and giving fans something truly unique and captivating through their flawless performances. Dressed...

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Album Review: Maroon 5 – Red Pill Blues

November 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Listening to the 11-minute smooth funk jam of album finale Closure, it’s hard not to admire Maroon 5’s commitment to a good time. Ever since the sunny This Love and the ubiquitous Moves Like Jagger, Maroon 5 have surfed a wave of good feeling to commercial and Grammy-winning success. Buoyed by frontman Adam Levine’s successful...

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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 capitalised on this initial success to firmly establish himself as a fixture of the Australian music scene, so much so...

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