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Album Review: Jason Derulo – Tattoos

September 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Jason Derulo has never been my cup of tea. Sure his songs are catchy I guess, and his dancing is phenomenal, so watching his performances are great, but 9 times out of 10 I would change the station if his song came on the radio. His new album though is a totally different story. Every...

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Album Review: Grouplove – Spreading Rumours

September 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

When I heard Grouplove’s second album was due to be released soon, I was pretty surprised. It seems like only a few months ago that their debut album, Never Trust A Happy Song, blew me away (it was actually released in 2011, but I only discovered it after their Australian tour in late 2012). It...

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Album Review: Katie Melua – Ketevan

September 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

There’s something wonderfully old-school and effortlessly beautiful about Katie Melua’s music, and her new album Ketevan is no exception. Ketevan, which is actually Melua’s Georgian birth name, is the singer’s sixth studio album, ten years after her debut album and hit single The Closest Thing To Crazy, which sold more than 11 million albums, received...

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You don’t need to be an avid fan of The Naked & Famous to recognize the name or indeed the songs. When the New Zealand five piece released their debut album Passive Me, Aggressive You in 2010 their brand of atmospheric synth pop could be heard everywhere from football video games to teen drama series, particularly singles Punching...

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Album Review: Sheryl Crow – Feels Like Home

September 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Earlier in the decade, Sheryl Crow emerged as a dominating force in the world of radio-friendly pop/rock. Now, she’s saddled up and ventured into the world of country music. While this change in direction and style could alienate some of Crow’s fans, the album is an expertly crafted one and breeds a wealth of authenticity...

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Album Review: Crossfaith – Apocalyze

September 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

Apocalyze is the new release from Japanese “electronicore” outfit Crossfaith and is one of the most explosive, chaotic and refreshing albums of the year. Crossfaith are a band known for pushing boundaries and producing music that can’t be contained to a single genre. They combine electronic, hardcore and metal influences for a result unlike any...

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Sometimes, in the grand scheme of life, you end up a bit disappointed, and these little disappointments come in all shapes and sizes. A bad grade, dire food or a rubbish night out, occasionally things just don’t cut the mustard. I am sure you can see what I am getting at here. Life is full...

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Album Review: MGMT – MGMT

September 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

MGMT were never conventional. ‘Normal’ may be an easier attribute to dismiss, but ‘conventional’ feels far more appropriate. These are not men to be pigeon-holed, and they are most definitely not men that want to be. Gone are the days of the pop song – those are definitely a thing of the past. These are...

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Album Review: Keith Urban – Fuse

September 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

New Zealand-born, Australia-raised multi-platinum country singer/songwriter Keith Urban takes on a different direction with his seventh studio album Fuse –finding a value for commercial aesthetics in country music. The album title pointedly describes its motif, which is to fuse together these two elements in a bid to test the limits of what country fans will...

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American singer-songwriter Neko Case, of Canadian indie band The New Pornographers, continues the fine tradition of members of established bands doing great side projects. The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You (The Worse Things Get for short) is Case’s sixth studio album. Opener Wild Creatures...

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The next best thing to being at a live show is the live album which allows you to re-create the experience at home. The best kind of live album is the kind which makes you wish you were front and centre at the real thing. Ry Cooder has accomplished this with his first live album...

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Period dramas are a bit of a taboo subject really aren’t they? One the one hand you’ve got the hilariously soapy and slightly cringeworthy British dramas like Downton Abbey and Upstairs Downstairs. On the other hand you have those gripping and often thrilling dramas that have a bit more grit to them such as Mad...

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Winnie Mandela, a biopic of the South African politician and activist of the same name, hit cinemas in the US last week, subsequent to the release of the film’s soundtrack. It is perhaps important to disclose that the movie has not yet reached the shores of the country in which I reside, so unfortunately I...

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