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Album Review: Lisa Stansfield – Deeper

April 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

There has been a persistent undercurrent of eighties nostalgia that has informed contemporary music for the last little while now. Unlike many progenitors of today’s eighties influenced music, English singer Lisa Stansfield is not only old enough to remember the decade, she was busy making music throughout it, first as the winner of the Search...

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Album Review: Gin Wigmore – Ivory

April 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Since breaking onto the scene a decade ago with the inventively titled EP, Extended Play, Kiwi singer-songwriter Virginia “Gin” Wigmore has gone from strength to strength. With each release she hasn’t shied away from developing her sound and style, moving away from the pop sound that shaped her first album and expanding into rockier territory....

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Despite my formative years taking place in the nineties, at the height of alternative rock’s cultural influence, I must admit that Welsh rock-outfit Manic Street Preachers never really registered much on my radar. Sure, I knew they existed, heard their name bandied around now and then by friends or the music press yet, unlike their...

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No Mercy In This Land is the second album by Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, following their Grammy Awarded Get Up! in 2013. Once again, thanks to the legendary harmonica sound by  Charlie Musselwhite, the sentimental lyrics and the strong vocals by Ben Harper, the two American artists are able to deliver an outstanding album. When I Go opens with nearly...

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Album Review: En Vogue – Electric Cafe

April 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

En Vogue return with Electric Cafe, their first in 14 years and the debut to be released from under their own En Vogue Records label imprint. Original members Terry Ellis and Cindy Herron are joined by Rhona Bennett, who has been with the group since 2005. Blue Skies opens the album with a glowingly modern feel that still recalls that...

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Album Review: Cardi B – Invasion of Privacy

April 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

After bursting onto the hip hop scene early last year, Cardi B’s debut album feels like a very long time coming. But Cardi B plays by nobody’s rules but her own, something that runs as a strong theme throughout Invasion of Privacy and beyond. Opener Get Up 10 is full of classic 90s stylings and barbed wire attacks at...

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Live albums are the chameleons of the music world, trotted out to serve a variety of purposes as circumstance demands. In their purest distillation, live albums represent lightning in a bottle, capturing and preserving an astounding performance for posterity and allowing those who weren’t there a glimpse of the greatness. On a more base level,...

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Album Review: Hayley Kiyoko – Expectations

April 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

Queer representation within modern culture is definitely becoming more commonplace, but few artists explicitly use their queerness when it comes to subject matter within music. Enter Hayley Kiyoko, the former child star who’s debut album Expectations maintains a constant lady loving theme throughout. The Expectations (Overture) gives way to the frustratingly smooth Feelings, a relatable frustration of knowing you’re into someone...

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There is no denying that Jack White has worked wonders for the physical music sales industry, thanks to his Third Man Records initiative but; ever increasingly, his growingly complex adventures in sound are becoming harder and harder for the casual listener to tolerate. The one time White Stripe frontman is no stranger to going a bit...

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Album Review: Kylie Minogue – Golden

April 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Seems like a trend for pop artists to experiment with country music, from Justin Timberlake to Gwen Stefani, now it’s the turn of Kyle Minogue. Golden, fourteenth studio album by the pop Australian singer, is an interesting merger between country and dance pop music enriched by some slower and moodier tracks. Dancing, in which Kyle...

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One time 80s pop sensation Toni Braxton has returned with her ninth studio album; and that’s not including her early work alongside her siblings in group The Braxtons. Sex & Cigarettes comes after a number of health based issues for the singer, who is refusing to let such features weaken any part of her public persona. There...

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After four years since his acclaimed debut album Wanted on Voyage, George Ezra has finally released his second record Staying at Tamara’s. The title of his sophomore album is dedicated to the time he spent in Barcelona at a stranger’s house (Tamara) to express his creativity and work on his songs. A gentle and cheerful...

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Album Review: Snoop Dogg – Bible of Love

April 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Snoop Dogg is well known for his ability to reinvent himself and Bible of Love is yet another proof. Bible of Love is a hip hop gospel collection put together by the American rapper featuring many different artists. The record is a tough listening, since it is composed by thirty-two songs and it’s more than...

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