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Album Review: Miguel – War & Leisure

December 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Miguel, in his fourth studio album War & Leisure, is able to mix together varied themes, as politics, human rights, freedom, pleasure, sex and love, while never losing consistency or failing to portrait his personality. Sounds and vibes are variegated too: from funk and upbeat rhythms, as in Told You So, to latin jam, as...

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Album Review: Cindy Wilson – Change

December 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Even if the name Cindy Wilson doesn’t ring any bells for you it is still fairly likely that you’re somewhat familiar with her work. After all, she has spent her four-decade-long music career as a core member of the idiosyncratic new-wave/pop-rock outfit the B-52’s, and tracks like Rock Lobster, Roam, and Love Shack by the...

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Who Built the Moon? is the third album by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. The English alternative rock band was formed in 2010 by Noel Gallagher, former Oasis’s lead guitarist and songwriter. Fort Knox, the album’s opener, has been inspired by Power (Kanye West). The simple lyrics are nearly inaudible, hidden among siren and alarm...

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Album Review: Charlotte Gainsbourg – Rest

December 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Rest is the fifth studio album by Charlotte Gainsbourg and the first one for which the British-French singer and actress wrote the lyrics herself. Rest is a journey into Charlotte’s emotions and personality. It involves grief, loss of the loved ones (her sister and her father) and childhood memories. In this record Charlotte sings both...

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There’s a reason why The Rolling Stones continue to be cited as one of the most influential bands in history, this December sees the release of On Air (Deluxe); a record made up of BBC recordings from the 1960s. It sees the Stones in their formative years, playing the songs we now know to be capable of...

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Album Review: U2 – Songs of Experience

December 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

“Too big to fail” usually refers to financial institutions which are so large and entwined that their failure would have drastic consequences on the broader economy, but the phrase could easily be applied to the Irish quartet U2. Not for any fiscal reasons – after all the failure of a band, tour, or album has...

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Album Review: Björk – Utopia

December 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

With a duration of nearly seventy-two minutes, Björk’s Utopia stands as her longest studio album yet. And, if the Icelandic singer’s ninth album seems somewhat abstruse and self-indulgent, that’s because it is. That’s not a criticism per se but a statement of fact. After all fans and detractors alike would be immensely, and vocally, disappointed...

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Country music royalty Faith Hill and Tim McGraw have been married for the last 21 years, preferring to keep their respective music careers separate from one another. But 2017 sees this still loved-up couple release their first joint venture; The Rest Of Our Life, a record that documents traditional country living.  Eponymous track The Rest Of Our Life has the...

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Album Review: Barenaked Ladies – Fake Nudes

November 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

Being four, fully clothed middle-aged men, Fake Nudes is the perfect title for a Barenaked Ladies album. Personal preference will dictate whether you scold the Canadian group for taking three decades and fifteen studio albums plus a handful of EPs – they’re a prolific bunch aren’t they – to finally make the joke, or commend...

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For the perfect soundtrack to your Primark Christmas shopping, Keane frontman Tom Chaplin brings you Twelve Tales Of Christmas. Mixing originals with covers, the album is a collection of soft mope-rock with festive overtones. It should be familiar to fans of Keane’s chart-topping hits Bedshaped and Somewhere Only We Know. On Twelve Tales…,Chaplin’s voice remains...

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Album Review: Sia – Everyday Is Christmas

November 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Even as a child I was never big on Christmas – much to the chagrin of some members of my family – and as an adult and burgeoning curmudgeon greetings of ‘Merry Christmas’ see me choke back replies of ‘bah, humbug’. So, as you can imagine, I’m not big on Christmas albums. Yet despite my...

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Album Review: Morrissey – Low In High School

November 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Morrissey’s latter-day legacy has somewhat tarnished by his incendiary and poorly judged comments. From defending Brexit and Harvey Weinstein, his reputation as an outspoken contrarian has also seen debut novel List of The Lost universally lambasted. On his eleventh solo album Low In High School, Morrissey makes no attempt to correct the course. He’s made another album...

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Album Review: Seal – Standards

November 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Looking at album sales and chart positions, it would be easy to conclude that British singer Seal peaked in the mid-nineties when Kiss from a Rose surged up the charts a year after its initial release when it was included on the Batman Forever soundtrack. Such an assessment certainly has merit but neglects the fact...

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