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It was high school in 2004, there was yet to be a Taylor Swift in the world of musical releases. What was a girl who experienced heartbreak daily to listen to? For me, that person was Missy Higgins, the Australian singer-songwriter with a penchant for unfiltered and personal lyrics delivered with genuine, raw emotion. The...

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Maybe not everyone knows who The Goo Goo Dolls are, but you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who has NEVER in their life heard the pop-rock ballad by the name of Iris which made its home on Dizzy Up The Girl in 1998, the sixth studio album which solidified The Goo Goo Dolls sound and...

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Record Rewind: Burial – Untrue

September 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Reading descriptions of Untrue from other critics is endlessly fascinating, given that Burial himself has described the record as “a glowing, buzzing album”. More than just about any other artist, Burial inspires journalists to write the most verbose copy, speaking of “desolate streets” and “half-remembered dreams”. The overwhelming impression one gets is that his music...

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Record Rewind: The Knife – Silent Shout

September 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

A few times every decade, there comes along a totally unexpected album that redefines a genre. These albums are undeniably innovative, spinning their genre in a totally new direction, and the music industry follows them for years to come. Silent Shout is one such album, having seemingly come from nowhere in 2006, and its influence...

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Record Rewind: J Dilla – Donuts

September 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

The true genius that survives deep within great artists can often be pinpointed down to a single body of work that encapsulates their ethos and heaving talent. Michael Jackson showed us Thriller, Stevie Wonder swooned with Songs In The Key of Life, Miles Davis had Kind Of Blue and J Dilla gave us Donuts. Settling...

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Record Rewind: Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On

September 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

45 years ago, the Motown giant, gospel-infused innovator helped shape the way music and truth coexist. Marvin Gaye is undeniably one of if not the most influential artists of that era, still revered and looked upon by modern musicians and singers of today. His 1971 album, What’s Going On, hinged on political unrest, devouring messages...

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Record Rewind: Slint – Spiderland

September 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

‘Play it again;’ came the call from the floor of the Bowery Ballroom in New York City, as Slint wrapped up the evening’s performance, ‘the whole set!’  Cheers of agreement quickly overtook laughter as the crowd’s response, with everyone present still ready, willing, and eager for anything – and everything – the elusive group from...

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Record Rewind: PJ Harvey – Rid of Me

September 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Throughout her musical career, Polly Jean Harvey has never been one to repeat herself creatively, with each of her albums bearing a distinctive artistic identity.  While the jump from the heavy, muscular, tones of 2004’s Uh Huh Her to the delicate and gothic sounds of White Chalk in 2007 may have been the most jarring...

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Record Rewind: Annie – Anniemal

September 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Annie’s career may seem to have slowed to a near-halt, with no new albums materialising since Don’t Stop released in 2009, but that’s not due to a lack of success or attention. After breaking onto the scene with Anniemal in 2004, she charted high in her native Norway and decently on the US Dance charts,...

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Record Rewind: Metric – Live It Out

September 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

Metric’s earlier years as a band were somewhat more chaotic than most in terms of sound. While they had recorded an album as early as 2001, which would eventually be released as their third album Grow Up and Blow Away in 2007, its constant delays led to the recording of the actual debut album, Old...

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Record Rewind: Sia – Colour The Small One

January 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Before Australian singer/songwriter Sia Furler swung from the Chandelier and hid her face she was a left-of-centre kind of an artist. While she has always written pop music for herself it took a while for her own career to soar. Titanium wasn’t her first chart success believe it or not. Eleven years ago Sia released her third studio album Colour...

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Record Rewind: RuPaul – Supermodel of the World

December 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

In many ways, Supermodel of the World represents the birth of an icon. Paris Is Burning had been released a few years prior, and drag culture was becoming more widely known across the world; even prior to the album, RuPaul had a following in the UK as well as America. The release of Supermodel of...

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Record Rewind: Busted – Busted

December 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Let’s take a moment to do some time travelling. No not to the mythical land of the Year 3000, but rather to the early noughties. Busted was formed in 2000, consisting of 3 lads; James Bourne, Matt Willis and Charlie Simpson. And while the band managed to sell over 5 million records world wide and...

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