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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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There is a two word sentence everybody loves. It shall be forever adored by all humans everywhere purely for the utter excitement and apprehension. Have you guessed it? Thats right, “Road trip”! Josh Homme, the 6′ 4” band leader of Queens Of The Stone Age knows this, and having lived in the California desert all...

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Record Rewind: Nas – Illmatic

January 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

April 19th 1994. Thirty nines minutes, fifty-one seconds and ten tracks that changed Hip Hop forever. As Nas famously mumbled at the beginning of N.Y State of Mind, I don’t know how to start this, really. In my very biased old school opinion, never has there been a Hip Hop album before, or after that...

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In 1995, the King of Pop was solidifying his legacy after the previous tumultuous years. Thanks to the format of this compilation (15 greatest hits with 15 all new tracks), Michael sneakily released to the pop world a new studio album on which he did whatever he wanted without turning off record buyers. Some of...

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Record Rewind: The Cat Empire – The Cat Empire

December 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

A school bus. 2004. We are headed to a coastal camp. I am sitting next to my friend Maddy and we are singing. The entire self-titled album by The Cat Empire. Other kids give us weird looks but we keep going. We are in love with this music. Yes, this album had a huge impact...

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