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Album Review: Sparks – Hippopotamus

September 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

If you like your music to have a wry sense of humour and include references to exotic animals, 15th-century Dutch painters, classic automobiles, anonymous literature, and tragic Shakespearean characters, then Sparks have you covered. And that’s just with the eponymous track, Hippopotamus, from their 23rd studio album. Since emerging from the LA music scene in...

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Single Review: Paloma Faith – ‘Crybaby’

September 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Mother, actress, singer, songwriter – there’s really not much that Paloma Faith can’t do, and even then it’s likely she’d become the master of any task you set before her.  After a well earned break, Faith has returned with Crybaby, from her upcoming 4th album, The Architect. In a world of stereotypes, where men have to hide...

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Album Review: The Script – Freedom Child

September 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s been a couple of months since The Script released their lead single, Rain – and what a fantastic song that is.  Since then, they have teased fans with promotional tracks Written in the Scars and Love Not Lovers.  After an unbearable wait since No Sound Without Silence, The Script have finally released their 5th studio album, Freedom Child. Freedom...

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Album Review: Anna of the North – Lovers

September 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Anna of the North developed out of a chance encounter between Norwegian Anna Lotterud and New Zealander Brady Daniell-Smith in a bar in Melbourne. Lotterud – who impulsively travelled to Australia after an anonymous customer implored her to abandon her life of routine and normalcy, and to expand her horizons – was out mending a...

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Album Review: Tori Amos – Native Invaders

September 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

As one of the most celebrated and respected songwriters of our generation, Tori Amos has carved one of the most impressive catalogues of any musical act in history. Her personal odes mixed with observational tributes to life have brought to life some of the greatest masterpieces in music. Ever since Amos erupted onto the singer-songwriter...

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Single Review: Jessie J – ‘Real Deal’

September 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Jessie J has been pretty quiet since her last album, Sweet Talk, back in 2014.  A year later she recorded Flashlight for the Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack, but since then she’s been on hiatus.  Her latest track, Real Deal, has been released in partnership with M&M and Incredibox.  A snippet of the song was available to unlock after playing a game...

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Album Review: Shane Filan – Love Always

September 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Shane Filan is undoubtedly best known for his work as one of the lead singers of Westlife, a career spanning from 1998 to 2012, after some pretty persistent calls from Filan’s mother to Louis Walsh.  With Love Always being the third solo album under his belt, Filan has more than earned his place as an incredible artist with...

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Album Review: Angus & Julia Stone – Snow

September 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

The sibling duo, Angus & Julia Stone, have released their fourth studio album, Snow. Recorded at Angus’s cottage studio in the Byron Bay coastal area of Australia, one can imagine what a picturesque setting that would provide for their creative process. Angus & Julia Stone have been a duo for just over 10 years now....

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Album Review: Joan Osborne – Songs of Bob Dylan

September 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Tucked away in Manhattan’s Upper East Side is the Café Carlyle, a venue described by singer Joan Osborne as “intimate”. It is here, back in March 2016, that audiences first caught a glimpse of Osborne’s ninth studio album, Songs of Bob Dylan, as she and her creative collaborators – guitarist Jack Petruzzelli and keyboardist Keith...

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Fifth Harmony – Fifth Harmony

September 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

In January 2017, Fifth Harmony- Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane and Lauren Jauregui- started work on a new album. Their new album was eponymously named Fifth Harmony as if to affirm their position as a quartet after Camila Cabello’s departure in December 2016 to pursue a solo career. It’s the most dramatic girl group split since Geri left...

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Album Review: Starsailor – All This Life

September 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

Since their reunion in 2014, Starsailor have been busy hitting up the festivals, including Summer in the City, Rock Zottegem, Isle of Wight, and British Summer Time at Hyde Park to name just a few.  With such a busy schedule, it’s no surprise the quartet are only now ready to drop their 5th studio album, not to...

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British guitar extraordinaire Newton Faulkner recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of his debut album, Hand Built By Robots. Released back in 2007, Faulkner’s fresh take on acoustic guitar driven pop numbers came long before the likes of fellow ginger songsmith Ed Sheeran set his sights on world domination. Offering raw, folk dressed pop gems including...

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Queens Of The Stone Age are that band with that song you most likely know, but perhaps that’s the only thing you’ve heard from them in their 21 year career. It happens sometimes, you’re late to the party and you miss the best moment, but with the release of Villains – you’re perfectly on time to witness...

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