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Album Review: Paul Kelly – Life Is Fine

August 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

After a rich 40-plus year long music career as a solo artist and the frontman of various groups (Paul Kelly & The Dots and The Messengers), Paul Kelly has added another solo studio album to his expansive catalogue, namely Life Is Fine. He recruited the talents of long time music friends; the sisters Vika and Linda...

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Party Of One is the first fully solo album from George Thorogood, a country and blues legend who has previously released an extensive list of 16 albums with the Destroyers; that date way back to the 1970s. Thorogood’s unarguable pedigree shines throughout Party Of One, letting people know that he doesn’t need a band to make him shine. Thorogood...

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Album Review: Kesha – Rainbow

August 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

The return of Kesha feels like a key music moment for this decade. Having gone through some of the worst and most public pain imaginable, the 30-year-old Californian refuses to be seen as a victim – refusing to bend to the will of the world. Rainbow is more than just a record, it has the power to...

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Album Review: Alice Cooper – Paranormal

August 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

It may not be Halloween yet, but that isn’t stopping Alice Cooper from releasing his 20th studio album – and his first original material for 6 years. Paranormal features members from ZZ Top, U2 and Deep Purple, all of whom have come back together to lend a hand to the Godfather of Shock Rock. The titular track...

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With their third album, Worlds Apart, Perth sextet Make Them Suffer find themselves reduced to a quintet. This reduction in numbers isn’t the only change to have occurred since the release of the group’s sophomore effort, Old Souls, in 2015. Sean Harmanis’ coarse vocals and the rhythmic bludgeoning of Nick McLernon’s guitar and Tim Madden’s...

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Album Review: Meg Mac – Low Blows

August 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Low Blows is the debut studio album released by Megan McInerney, with the stage name diminution of Meg Mac. Aptly recorded in Texas as well as her home country Australia, she colorizes her music with a mix of blues, gospel, soul and rock- all genres that have strong roots in America’s South. If I had...

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For many, Mark Foster’s tendency towards eclecticism in song writing is one of the drawcards for his group, Foster the People. Drawing upon contrasting genres and styles can certainly make for an intriguing listen, stoking interest in the otherwise mundane or providing a novel slant on something that one thinks one is familiar with. It...

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It’s the coming of age for the post-millennial generation, generation z, and with them come new sounds, aesthetics and ideas. Declan McKenna and his clan of musicians seem to be pushing the frontline in the realm of indie pop rock. As an adolescent of 19 years, he has a firm idea of his sound, determined...

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As a queer person, even the name Tyler The Creator induces wince of discomfort, for this is a man who was famously banned from fulfilling touring commitments in the UK as a result of the homophobic rhetoric he notoriously spouted on past releases. Nevertheless, I approached Flower Boy with as open a mind as possible, and found...

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Album Review: Arcade Fire – Everything Now

August 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

With their art-school sensibilities, Canadian sextet Arcade Fire has never been to everybody’s taste. But over the course of the group’s career, their morphing sound has justifiably earned them a loyal fan-base, and plenty of critical acclaim. With their fifth album, Everything Now, Arcade Fire has doubled down on the synthy sound of 2013’s Reflektor,...

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Album Review: Vera Blue – Perennial

July 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

With the adoption of the Vera Blue moniker and the release of the Fingertips EP a little over twelve months ago, Celia Pavey made it strikingly clear that she had matured beyond being a TV talent show also-ran. Fingertips was a brief, yet powerful, statement of a young artist taking control of their career and...

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The Chicago rap scene is one of the finest in the world, and sat on the throne is one Vic Mensa. After a number of impressive mixtapes and EPs under his belt, The Autobiography signifies Mensa’s technical first studio album. Over the course of the record, Mensa covers deeply personal issues such as the deaths of friends...

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Album Review: Mura Masa – Mura Masa

July 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

In December 2016, Mura Masa announced a follow up to his EP, with a full length album entitled To Fall Out of Love To.  Over half a year later, he’s released his now self-titled album, Mura Masa. Changing the title to his alias feels purposeful rather than through artistic whim – unsurprising, since he’s described his sound as...

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