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Album Review: alt-J – RELAXER

June 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

If I were to write something in CAPITAL LETTERS, you may well think I was shouting it at you and your fellow readers. With this in mind, it is interesting that English trio alt-J have entitled their third album RELAXER, with the forceful tone arising from the capitalisation of the word contrasting with its literal...

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England’s Royal Blood established themselves in 2014 as purveyors of meaty hard rock, with their self-titled début album, while their sound and artistry drew comparisons to Jack White, and Joshua Homme and Queens of the Stone Age. With their sophomore release, How Did We Get So Dark?, Royal Blood consolidate and build upon their previously...

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The illustrious life of Roger Waters is one filled with accomplishments beyond any mere mortal. As a part of Pink Floyd, he helped craft some of the most seminal albums the world has ever seen. Is This The Life We Really Want? is the first album of new material that Rogers has released in almost 25 years,...

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Prolific is an adjective that seemed natural to apply to Alaskan group Portugal. The Man as they released a full-length album each year between 2006 and 2011. After it took two years to release 2013’s Evil Friends, and now four years for their eighth record, Woodstock, fans may well be asking whether Portugal. The Man...

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Having announced a hiatus in October 2015, Lady Antebellum barely made it 14 months before releasing new music in the form of You Look Good, the lead single for Heart Break, the Nashvillian trio’s sixth album – seventh if you count 2012’s Christmas fare, On This Winter’s Night. Lady Antebellum’s music has trended towards pop...

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Album Review: Lorde – Melodrama

June 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Stepping out of her teenage years and into young adulthood, Lorde releases her sophomore album Melodrama which encapsulates her personal experience in heart break, loneliness and the spectrum of emotions an adolescent goes through in this vulnerable and whirlwind period of life. Jack Antonoff (lead singer of Bleachers) served as co-writer and –producer on Melodrama....

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Album Review: Katy Perry – Witness

June 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Since first bursting onto the global pop scene in 2008, Katy Perry has hit a number of impressive musical milestones. She’s headlined the most-watched Super Bowl half-time show in history and even boasts the world record for largest number of followers on Twitter. So why; in 2017, is Katy Perry starting to stumble?  Witness is...

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Due to her distinctive style and strong stage presence, Stevie Nicks often springs front of mind when thinking of Fleetwood Mac, but the songwriting of Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie were driving forces behind the group’s mainstream successes in the ‘70s and ‘80s. Considering the depth of their experience and track record of success, when...

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Album Review: Bleachers – Gone Now

June 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

It is popularly held that it is better not to see how laws or sausages are made. For the average punter, artistic endeavours can probably be added to the list. At this point, you are probably wondering what any of this has to do with Gone Now, the second album from Jack Antonoff’s personal creative...

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Album Review: Dua Lipa – Dua Lipa

June 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

The rise of Dua Lipa has been a steady period of growth rather than the quick flash in the pan, that many new artists can easily fall victim to. Her self-titled debut album is a lesson in pop precision, with each new tune ascending her status as the most exciting young singer around.  Lipa’s voice...

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Baltimore four-piece; All Time Low, are back with Last Young Renegade, the band’s seventh record since forming in 2003. Pop punk remains an incredibly popular genre, with fans of All Time Low set to lap this release up with eagerness. But to the more casual listener, Last Young Renegade occupies a musical middle ground that is unlikely to convert...

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Album Review: Beth Ditto – Fake Sugar

June 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Beth Ditto has had an unconventional path to success in music as well as fashion, even having modelled for Jean Paul Gaultier and launching her own plus size fashion label. Beth grew up poor in Arkansas and later moved to Washington as an eighteen year old in 1999. While there, she started the indie-disco band...

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Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow has ‘done a Beyonce’ and surprise released his fourth studio album True Care merely a week in advance. This record sees McMorrow stay true to his soft roots, and maturing into a wise musician.  Deciding to surprise release this record came from a desire to break free from traditional industry album cycles and...

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