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Album Review: Incubus – 8

May 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Incubus return with a new album, 8– you guessed it, their eighth studio album. The band includes the talents of; Brandon Boyd (vocals, guitar), Michael Einziger (guitar, piano), Jose Pasilla II (drums), Chris Kilmore (keys) and Ben Kenney (bass). 8 was produced by Dave Sardy (Wolfmother, Jet, OK Go, Marilyn Manson), and co-produced by  Sonny...

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Forty years on from his first release, Paul Weller returns with his thirteenth studio album, A Kind Revolution. The album was recorded at Black Barn Studios in Surrey, UK with Jan ‘Stan’ Kybert and Weller working together to produce the album. As I listened to each track on the album one burning question I had...

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It is easy to acknowledge the aphorism that “you can’t please everybody” as true intellectually, but coming to accept that truth from firsthand experience can be quite discomforting. The Zac Brown Band appear to have faced this harsh reality in 2015 with the release of Jekyll + Hyde, an album that sought to push the...

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Album Review: Blondie – Pollinator

May 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

I wonder if back in 1974, when Debbie Harry and Chris Stein planted the Blondie seed, they thought they would see the fruition of an eleventh album after a 40+ year career in music. The latest album Pollinator is a significant miles stone that they have reached as a band (still with three original members,...

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Album Review: LP – Lost On You

May 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

LP aka Laura Pergolizzi can normally be found toiling away behind the scenes writing songs for the likes of Cher and Rihanna, but now on her fourth studio album; LP is ready to take more of a centre stage. Whereas beforehand LP has taken more of a folk and country approach, Lost On You is...

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Album Review: Paramore – After Laughter

May 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s probably scientifically impossible not to be a fan of Paramore. Their carefree approach to life has always provided solace for those unsure of themselves. On their fifth record; After Laughter, the band have embraced their unashamed enthusiasm for the music they make. The moment Paramore posted Hard Times online, there was a collective yelp of excitement as fans...

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Fourteen albums in to her long and illustrious career, Diana Krall is showing no signs of stopping. With a US tour pencilled in already, Turn Up The Quiet indicates that Diana’s smooth voice remains very much in demand. The plucked bass intro to Like Someone In Love would not sound out of place opening a...

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Since Eurovision Song Contest’s beginning in 1956, it has launched a number of big music careers including that of ABBA and Céline Dion. In 2017 Eurovision was held in Kyiv, Ukraine and 42 nations (including countries beyond the European boarders) participated in this celebration of diverse song writing and performance. Eurovision Song Contest Kyiv 2017 is...

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Leicester legends Kasabian are heading in a different direction on their sixth album. Having burst onto the UK rock scene with their self-titled debut back in 2004, the band have gone on to become one of Britain’s biggest acts. Whilst the cover art of For Crying Out Loud being something to write home about for all of...

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Album Review: Lea Michele – Places

May 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Before finding mainstream success in the musical dramedy series Glee, Lea Michele earned her vocal pedigree in the theatre, landing her first role on Broadway at the age of 8. Despite her subsequent commercial success in the film and TV industry, Michele hasn’t forgotten where it was she honed her craft and she has sought...

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Album Review: Gorillaz – Humanz

May 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Back when Gorillaz first burst into the public consciousness, it made a sort of sense to play along and acknowledge that the band members were, in fact, 2-D, Murdoc Niccals, Russel Hobbs, and Noodles. These creative fictions – the product of Blur’s Damon Albarn and Tank Girl co-creator, Jamie Hewlett – were just as real...

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Easily one of the most anticipated solo ventures of the last couple of years, former One Directioner Harry Styles has been quietly sitting on the sidelines of the pop scene over the last year while his former band mates try their hand at solo careers and raising families with Niall and Zayn turning out a...

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Mary J. Blige wears her red and bloodied ripped out heart on her sleeve in the impassioned release of music that is Strength Of A Woman. It is no doubt reflects upon her divorce from her husband and manager Martin Isaacs after 13 years of marriage – interesting that this is also her thirteenth studio...

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