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YouTube sensation, America’s Got Talent quarter-finalist, one of Forbe’s 30 under 30 musicians as well as a very successful start on the latest season of Dancing with the Stars, it seems like violinist Lindsey Stirling can do it all. And now she’s taken it one step further with her fourth studio album, Warmer in the...

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Album Review: William Patrick Corgan – Ogilala

October 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

As the brain behind Smashing Pumpkins, William ‘Billy’ Patrick Corgan has cemented himself as a generation defining talent. Ogilala is his second solo record, and potentially his most accessible and enjoyable collection yet. Right from the get go of Zowie, the world of Corgan feels cosy and inviting. Harsh news and harsher people are soon replaced by a voice...

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Album Review: Beck – Colours

October 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Colours is the 13th studio album from the prolific Beck, his first since 2014. The intoxicating rainbow on offer here makes for some of Beck’s most contemporary work to date, indicating he remains young at heart with his finger on the pulse. The record’s title track pops into existence with all the low-fi funk many come...

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Album Review: Jessie Ware – Glasshouse

October 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

… I think most of us became aware of Jessie Ware’s name during her public emergence as part of a host of British artists including Sampha and Sam Smith, that collaborated frequently with electronic artists like SBTRKT and Disclosure, to name a few. Since then, Ware, along with a number of her counterparts had gone...

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Album Review: The Darkness – Pinewood Smile

October 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s been fourteen years since English quartet The Darkness firmly established their modus operandi with their début album, Permission to Land, and its breakthrough single, I Believe in a Thing Called Love. It was a histrionic homage to the glam rock of the ‘70s and ‘80s, powered by the dual guitars of brothers Justin and...

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Album Review: Robert Plant – Carry Fire

October 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

If someone asked you to describe what a rock-god looks like, chances are you’d describe a jean-clad, twenty-something-year-old man with a mane of long, wild hair, chest bared underneath an open shirt, and dripping as much charisma as sweat as he bounces around the stage. In other words, Robert Plant as he was in the...

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Album Review: Kele Okereke – Fatherland

October 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

From his mid-00’s breakthrough into the musical spotlight with cutting edge indie outfit Bloc Party, Kele Okereke has proven and established himself as one of a generation’s most accomplished musicians and songwriters. During the early Bloc Party years, his songs became the soundtrack for young romance and coming of age experiences the world over. Five...

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Album Review: P!nk – Beautiful Trauma

October 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

From early on in her solo career, Alecia Moore has cultivated a reputation for being a fiercely independent and outspoken alternative to the “standard” female pop stars who dominated the scene in the late ‘90s and early 2000s. Love her or hate her Moore demanded respect, which she earned with her subsequent successes – built...

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Album Review: Jamie Lawson – Happy Accidents

October 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Happy Accidents is the fourth album from Jamie Lawson, the debut signing to Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man record label. Despite his famous mentor, Lawson manages to carve out a unique narrative of his own. The solemnly styled opener A Little Mercy is the first of many tugs on the old heartstrings, a recurrent theme that will come as...

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Album Review: Liam Gallagher – As You Were

October 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

The reputation of Liam Gallagher shall precede him for eternity. The fierce Mancunian motormouth refuses to bend to the will of the world on anything and everything – including his music. Following on from his time as frontman of the ill-fated Beady Eye, Liam’s first solo record rarely strays too far from familiarity. There’s no...

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Wonderful Wonderful is the fifth album from The Killers, the loveable Las Vegas rogues with tunes in all of the right places. This outing sees Brandon and his boys explore more intriguing avenues that further cement their status as modern icons of rock.  The eponymous track is a moody affair, the bass parts skulk around like...

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Album Review: Belinda Carlisle – Wilder Shores

October 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

For a band forming in Los Angeles in the late ‘70s, and rising to prominence in the early ‘80’s, partaking in drugs and alcohol may well have been considered par for the course. Yet for the Go-Go’s front-woman, Belinda Carlisle, her drug habit would turn into an addiction that would dog her for half a...

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Like many of her Disney alum, Demi Lovato has been on a quest for a more mature sound and image as she has moved into adulthood. In a lot of cases, this takes the form of dropping a few naughty words into the lyrics and loading songs with sexual allusions and imagery. Neither of these...

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