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Album Review: Jessie J – R.O.S.E.

June 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

BBC Sound of 2011 Jessie J’s comeback has been a somewhat quiet affair in comparison to her seemingly global takeover at the start of her career. Rejecting the traditional album format, there are 4 separate EPs that make up R.O.S.E., now there are ways to innovate – but when thinking about how instant & simplistic...

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Album Review: Morcheeba – Blaze Away

June 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

90s electronic stalwarts Morcheeba are back with their ninth studio album; Blaze Away, a more mellow affair that blends ambient soul with ambient bass notes. Following a brief split in 2003, the band now consists solely of Skye Edwards and Ross Godfrey after the departure of his brother Paul in 2014.  Despite being regularly described as an...

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Album Review: Lily Allen – No Shame

June 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

There has been much publicised about Lily Allen’s personal life since her emergence in 2006, but on fourth album; No Shame, Allen has been able to channel everything she has weathered into yet another high point in her career. Allen’s cockney charm and honest opinions remain at the heart of everything she does, making for a record...

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Album Review: Neko Case – Hell-On

June 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Singer Neko Case has always been a little backward in coming forward, blending seemingly personal narrative arcs with dreamlike whimsy to create intoxicating, aural elixirs. While most of her output as a solo artist has been in the vein of alt-country, 2013’s (wordily titled) The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I...

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Album Review: Snow Patrol – Wilderness

June 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

It’s been the better part of seven years since Snow Patrol last released an album of new material, which is a virtual eternity in the contemporary music industry, and twelve years since Eyes Open rocketed up the charts off the back of international smash hit, Chasing Cars. The quintet’s seventh studio album, Wilderness, again sees...

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Album Review: Shawn Mendes – Shawn Mendes

June 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

Shawn Mendes has come an incredibly long way from his pre-popstar days of posting covers on the now defunct Vine app. Now on his third studio record; Mendes’ star continues to rise, this record is able to tap into his young audience without a hint of it remotely being patronised. It would be easy to...

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Album Review: Chvrches – Love Is Dead

June 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

For a lot of bands, self-producing an album is something that comes as their career progresses and builds, a kind of reward for success. At their best, self-produced albums enrich the creative landscape by allowing the artists to fully realise their vision, leaving the audience indelibly changed by the experience. At their worst, they are...

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The noughties were a wonderful decade to grow up in, sure we had landfill indie like Pigeon Detectives – but we also had Arctic Monkeys who were the first proper rock n roll band born in a recent decade. But… whatever has got to the Sheffield lads on this sixth album, please keep it because...

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Album Review: Ash – Islands

June 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Irish band Ash have been doing their thing continuously and consistently for the past twenty-six years. Not bad for a trio that formed in their teens and are now forty-somethings. Considering the band’s longevity, it is perhaps a little surprising to discover that Islands is only Ash’s seventh studio album, although this count does exclude...

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Album Review: Charlie Puth – Voicenotes

June 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

After the global success of See You Again (with Wiz Khalifa), a debut album that was not that brilliant and multiple collaborations with other artists as a songwriter, Charlie Puth has finally released his sophomore album: Voicenotes. The Way I Am opens up with some cliché lyrics “I’ma tell ’em all that you could either...

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Album Review: The Presets – HI VIZ

May 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Con – or more formally the Sydney Conservatorium of Music – is one of the oldest and most prestigious music schools in Australia, the mere mention of which is unlikely to make the average punter think of much else besides classical music, esoteric scales and music theory. With this staid image, it’s hard to...

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Album Review: Tove Styrke – Sway

May 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Probably not everyone is familiar with Tove Styrke, but you should! Especially after her latest release Sway. Tove Styrke is a Swedish electropop singer and songwriter who gained popularity thanks to her participation to Swedish Idol 2009. Since then, she released two studio albums Tove Styrke and Kiddo, and her latest project Sway. Sway is a personal album...

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Album Review: Keith Urban – Graffiti U

May 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Graffiti U is the tenth studio album by Keith Urban. Defined as country singer, Keith Urban has always been flexible and eclectic about the music he creates and the people he works with, and Graffiti U is no exception. In fact, in his latest album Keith Urban features many different musicians as Shy Carter, Kassi...

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