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It’s hard to believe that just over a decade ago No Doubt sweetheart Gwen Stefani went solo, and she shouldn’t have been worried if she could have predicted the increased success it brought her. ND wrapped up 2003 with the release of their singles collection and officially went on hiatus after their tour with Blink...

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Record Rewind: Madonna – Bedtime Stories

October 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

What makes a record a classic? I’d like to think that time will tell whether any album is a true masterpiece. So many records get released each and every year and while the charts have been on a constant decline since the age of the reality show and digital download that fully took its grip...

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Record Rewind: Rush – Moving Pictures

September 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Canadian progressive rock band Rush has earned the reputation of being “the biggest cult band in the world” and it’s not hard to see why. This eccentric power trio has been doing their own thing for over forty years and has earned a sizeable yet elusive following; even after decades of international acclaim, they haven’t...

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Record Rewind: The Strokes – Is This It

July 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Strokes were not one of those bands that gave me that magical moment where I heard them for the first time and thought ‘Oh my god where have you been all my life!’. In fact when I first heard snippets of the band on the radio I could take it or leave it (excuse...

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Record Rewind: Madonna – Erotica

July 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

If there were one pop album in the past 30 years that explains the hierarchy and behaviour of female pop stars today, it would be Madonna’s Erotica. Without this album, Madonna would simply have remained a provocative yet mainstream pop superstar who could do no wrong, no matter the controversy. The critics would not have...

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Picture it – The year is 2006. Angsty teenagers are expressing themselves through dark clothing and dark make up. Pete Wentz is the token pin-up boy for the ‘misfits’ and ‘outcasts’. Justin Timberlake brought Sexy back over in the pop scene. You can’t go anywhere without hearing Panic! At The Disco’s I Write Sins Not...

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Record Rewind: Lou Reed – Transformer

May 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

After the stifled acclaim garnered for his work with the Velvet Underground, and before the full-blown critical repulsion that would greet his Metal Machine Music a bit further down the track, lay the pinnacle of Lou Reed’s commercial success – Transformer, a glam-inflected bent on his characteristically deadpan and promiscuous poetics. David Bowie had taken...

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Whenever I meet someone who isn’t familiar with Mancunian quintet Elbow or their seminal album The Seldom Seen Kid, I can generally give them the pitch in six words: This is what love sounds like. It’s ragged and romantic, beautifully broken and somehow delicate, dreamy and devastating all at the same time. Many would be...

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As an album touted as one of the all-time great breakup albums, you have to be prepared for it to grab you by the heart from the first strum of a glum guitar. That’s where For Emma, Forever Ago takes off, and it never lets go. The grip tightens its hardest on the undeniable standout...

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Record Rewind: Garbage – Garbage

March 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Back in the nineties the place that you were most likely to find me was my bedroom, playing some of my favourite records as loud as I could, proudly declaring rather narrow minded taste in music to the world. Though most of my friends never really understood the passion I had for the music I...

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Record Rewind: Aqua – Aquarium

March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Aqua may be infamous for their worldwide smash Barbie Girl, but what about the album that hit originated from? After various different names and a slow start to the music industry, the Danish band finally decided on the name Aqua, and from there began their journey into a world of music and fame. Aquarium was...

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Record Rewind: The Libertines – Up The Bracket

February 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Libertines – what a band.  From the constantly on a knifes edge lifestyle of the members, to the forever on a fine line between love and hate relationship between Pete Doherty and Carl Barat, this helped create some of the best and most influential music of the noughties, most notable on debut album Up...

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Record Rewind: The XX – XX

February 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

There was a time, circa 2009, where The XX were but a myth, a whimsical whisper that flitted around of those that had their well trained hound’s ear firmly planted on the ground. The four – for there were four – were but a buzzworthy rumour passed on from one London hipster to the next...

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