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Album Review: Shane Filan – Right Here

September 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Lucrative careers and repeat success in pop music is highly sought after thing. Longevity is also something craved by many but delivered by few in such a fickle industry as pop music. These are things that former Westlife front man-turned solo star Shane Filan can be proud of saying he accomplished during his 15+ year...

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Album Review: V V – Glitch

September 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

V V Brown – or VV as she is simply known these days – is back and we could not be more excited by her return! The musician delivered one of, if not THE most exceptional album of 2013 in the darkly form of Samson & Delilah. The record proved to be a fully-fledged departure...

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Album Review: CHVRCHES – Every Open Eye

September 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

There’s no question about it: Every Open Eye bears an uncanny resemblance to CHVRCHES’ first album, The Bones of What You Believe. It seems like a carbon copy sonically, using similar synths to create a collection of throwback 80s synthpop tracks, drowning in glittery synths and hiding their edge underneath Lauren Mayberry’s gentle yet powerful...

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Album Review: Rumer – B-Sides and Rarities

September 22, 2015 | 1 Comments

Easily one of the most captivating artists of the last ten years, we were first introduced to singer-songwriter Rumer back in 2010 when the musician released her debut album, Seasons of my Soul With its hit single, Slow, paving the way for the record, the collection gained the singer a lot of attention, not just...

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Album Review: Ryan Adams – 1989

September 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Ryan Adams and Taylor Swift are more alike than one may initially think. Both are intelligent, nuanced songwriters, capable of crafting strong pop hooks without ever trading in the more alternative elements of their respective sounds. Both are famous for drawing on their personal lives when writing lyrics, and indeed both have had their personal...

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For anyone born in the 80’s, the names Paul Young, Nik Kershaw, Cutting Crew and Go West will ring more than a few nostalgic bells! Each of the acts were predominant forces in pop music during their heyday; dominating the charts throughout the world a few times as each turned out a handful of hit...

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Album Review: Lana Del Rey – Honeymoon

September 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Lana Del Rey’s rise to fame is like something straight out of one of her own songs: a beautiful, headstrong young woman with a mysterious past and a fake name follows her dream straight to the top, only to find herself facing the wrath of the haters and discovering the price of success in the...

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Album Review: PHASES – For Life

September 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

PHASES may just be releasing their first album, but there’s nothing new about them. With members from Rilo Kiley, Bright Eyes, Phantom Planet, Maroon 5 and The Like, they originally came together in 2009 as the indie rock band JJAMZ. The departure of Maroon 5’s James Valentine led to a complete change of course, adopting...

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Julia Holter’s Have You In My Wilderness bucks critical analysis the same way dreams flinch away from the cold light of the morning after. The work is a swirling, beautiful impressionistic wonder, that, to borrow a cliché, genuinely has to be heard to be believed. Part musical, part poetic confessional, part soundtrack, part force of...

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Film Review – Everest

September 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

“Human beings are not meant to survive at the cruising altitude of a 747”. On 11 May 1996, two expedition groups – Adventure Consultants led by New Zealander Rob Hall (Jason Clarke) and Mountain Madness led by Scott Fischer (Jake Gyllenhaal) – attempted to summit Earth’s highest mountain, Mount Everest. Tragedy hit when eight people...

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Album Review: Leona Lewis – I Am

September 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Upon breaking free from something restrictive or limiting, it’s natural to feel triumphant. This seems to be a situation Leona Lewis was well versed in, especially after leaving her label of seven years, Syco Music, back in 2014. Leona’s triumph, motivation and self-empowerment are all at the heart of I Am, and while it’s not...

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Interview: Amy Studt

September 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

During the early noughties, singer-songwriter Amy Studt enjoyed a successful run of hit singles as the musician took on the pop world with remarkable force. Her first album, False Smiles, propelled Amy to the forefront of the pop/alt-rock scene thanks to tracks like Misfit, the angst-fueled brilliance of Under The Thumb and the musicians international...

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Interview: Joshua Radin

August 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Good news, folks: Joshua Radin is exactly as earnest, sweet and humble as his music might lead you to believe he is. Over the course of a fifteen minute phone conversation blighted by terrible reception and lag, Radin remained upbeat and generous, discussing topics as varied as his love life, his creative practice, and his...

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