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Golden Hour is the third studio album by Kacey Musgraves. The American singer, once again, put together a sensational record that excites and moves the audience, whether you are country music fan or not. Slow Burn’s gentle acoustic guitar opens the album. In this song, Kacey Musgraves’ lyrics feel extremely personal and honest, something which helps to...

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Album Review: Gin Wigmore – Ivory

April 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Since breaking onto the scene a decade ago with the inventively titled EP, Extended Play, Kiwi singer-songwriter Virginia “Gin” Wigmore has gone from strength to strength. With each release she hasn’t shied away from developing her sound and style, moving away from the pop sound that shaped her first album and expanding into rockier territory....

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Despite my formative years taking place in the nineties, at the height of alternative rock’s cultural influence, I must admit that Welsh rock-outfit Manic Street Preachers never really registered much on my radar. Sure, I knew they existed, heard their name bandied around now and then by friends or the music press yet, unlike their...

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Album Review: Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy

April 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

After bursting onto the hip hop scene early last year, Cardi B’s debut album feels like a very long time coming. But Cardi B plays by nobody’s rules but her own, something that runs as a strong theme throughout Invasion of Privacy and beyond. Opener Get Up 10 is full of classic 90s stylings and barbed wire attacks at...

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Album Review: Hayley Kiyoko – Expectations

April 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

Queer representation within modern culture is definitely becoming more commonplace, but few artists explicitly use their queerness when it comes to subject matter within music. Enter Hayley Kiyoko, the former child star who’s debut album Expectations maintains a constant lady loving theme throughout. The Expectations (Overture) gives way to the frustratingly smooth Feelings, a relatable frustration of knowing you’re into someone...

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There is no denying that Jack White has worked wonders for the physical music sales industry, thanks to his Third Man Records initiative but; ever increasingly, his growingly complex adventures in sound are becoming harder and harder for the casual listener to tolerate. The one time White Stripe frontman is no stranger to going a bit...

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Album Review: Kylie Minogue – Golden

April 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Seems like a trend for pop artists to experiment with country music, from Justin Timberlake to Gwen Stefani, now it’s the turn of Kyle Minogue. Golden, fourteenth studio album by the pop Australian singer, is an interesting merger between country and dance pop music enriched by some slower and moodier tracks. Dancing, in which Kyle...

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One time 80s pop sensation Toni Braxton has returned with her ninth studio album; and that’s not including her early work alongside her siblings in group The Braxtons. Sex & Cigarettes comes after a number of health based issues for the singer, who is refusing to let such features weaken any part of her public persona. There...

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After four years since his acclaimed debut album Wanted on Voyage, George Ezra has finally released his second record Staying at Tamara’s. The title of his sophomore album is dedicated to the time he spent in Barcelona at a stranger’s house (Tamara) to express his creativity and work on his songs. A gentle and cheerful...

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Album Review: Alison Wonderland – Awake

April 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Australian expat Alexandra Sholler certainly has a knack for naming things. Besides the knowingly playful pseudonym of Alison Wonderland that she has adopted for her professional life, she chooses wonderfully pithy, yet evocative titles, for her releases. Unlike her first releases – 2014’s Calm Down EP and her 2015 début album, Run – which carried...

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Your eyes do not deceive you, 80s superstar Kim Wilde really has called her latest record Here Come The Aliens. But instead of having you reaching to call Mulder & Scully, this record is more likely to have you reaching for the glitter!  Here Come The Aliens is Wilde’s first collection in seven years, and was produced by her brother Ricky. 1969 welcomes...

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Time was, Evanescence were every teen emo kid’s go to band whenever things got a little tough. Fast forward to 2018, and tonight the band are performing hits new and old alongside a full orchestra in one of London’s most impressive settings. The Royal Festival Hall has likely never seen such dedication to a band...

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Album Review: David Byrne – American Utopia

March 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

In a world where political divisions run deep, where social media echo-chambers and internet algorithms seem only to reinforce each side’s prejudices and preconceptions, the gulf between the “us” and the “them” can seem to be an unbridgeable chasm. Yet despite this growing sense of alienation from “the other”, Talking Heads front-man David Byrne wants...

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