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Album Review: U2 – Songs of Experience

December 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

“Too big to fail” usually refers to financial institutions which are so large and entwined that their failure would have drastic consequences on the broader economy, but the phrase could easily be applied to the Irish quartet U2. Not for any fiscal reasons – after all the failure of a band, tour, or album has...

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Album Review: Björk – Utopia

December 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

With a duration of nearly seventy-two minutes, Björk’s Utopia stands as her longest studio album yet. And, if the Icelandic singer’s ninth album seems somewhat abstruse and self-indulgent, that’s because it is. That’s not a criticism per se but a statement of fact. After all fans and detractors alike would be immensely, and vocally, disappointed...

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Country music royalty Faith Hill and Tim McGraw have been married for the last 21 years, preferring to keep their respective music careers separate from one another. But 2017 sees this still loved-up couple release their first joint venture; The Rest Of Our Life, a record that documents traditional country living.  Eponymous track The Rest Of Our Life has the...

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Album Review: Barenaked Ladies – Fake Nudes

November 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

Being four, fully clothed middle-aged men, Fake Nudes is the perfect title for a Barenaked Ladies album. Personal preference will dictate whether you scold the Canadian group for taking three decades and fifteen studio albums plus a handful of EPs – they’re a prolific bunch aren’t they – to finally make the joke, or commend...

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For the perfect soundtrack to your Primark Christmas shopping, Keane frontman Tom Chaplin brings you Twelve Tales Of Christmas. Mixing originals with covers, the album is a collection of soft mope-rock with festive overtones. It should be familiar to fans of Keane’s chart-topping hits Bedshaped and Somewhere Only We Know. On Twelve Tales…,Chaplin’s voice remains...

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Album Review: Sia – Everyday Is Christmas

November 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Even as a child I was never big on Christmas – much to the chagrin of some members of my family – and as an adult and burgeoning curmudgeon greetings of ‘Merry Christmas’ see me choke back replies of ‘bah, humbug’. So, as you can imagine, I’m not big on Christmas albums. Yet despite my...

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Album Review: Morrissey – Low In High School

November 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Morrissey’s latter-day legacy has somewhat tarnished by his incendiary and poorly judged comments. From defending Brexit and Harvey Weinstein, his reputation as an outspoken contrarian has also seen debut novel List of The Lost universally lambasted. On his eleventh solo album Low In High School, Morrissey makes no attempt to correct the course. He’s made another album...

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Album Review: Seal – Standards

November 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Looking at album sales and chart positions, it would be easy to conclude that British singer Seal peaked in the mid-nineties when Kiss from a Rose surged up the charts a year after its initial release when it was included on the Batman Forever soundtrack. Such an assessment certainly has merit but neglects the fact...

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Album Review: Shed Seven – Instant Pleasures

November 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Instant Pleasures, the fifth album by Shed Seven, comes out sixteen years after Truth Be Told (2001). Formed in 1990, split in 2003, and reformed in 2007 mainly to play live, the English band from York announced its new release earlier this year. Although the name of the album is a great anticipation of the...

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Swedish tour de force Tove Lo’s third album BLUE LIPS has finally landed on planet earth. Within Tove’s signature branch of female empowerment, there are bangers aplenty that highlight an artist committed to seeing her vision through at every step. BLUE LIPS is 44 minutes worth of raw female sexuality and sensuality, delivered in the kind of confident tone...

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Album Review: Green Day – God’s Favorite Band

November 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

When it comes to greatest hits albums, the best way to experience them is chronologically. Green Day’s latest collection (after 2001’s International Superhits) traces the band’s progress from Kerplunk! cut 2000 Light Years Away, all the way to their Grammy-winning success in the early noughties. The band has been going for 31 years, and it’s...

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Album Review: Walk The Moon – What If Nothing

November 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s telling when a band lists as their influences “David Bowie, Talking Heads, The Killers, and Phil Collins”. It means the band is either a preternaturally diverse young talent, or name-dropping in an attempt to appear relevant. Listening to Walk The Moon’s third album What If Nothing, I fear the latter. There’s nothing that even...

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Chris Brown’s latest – an ambitious and expansive 45-track double album – sees the artist testing the patience and fortitude of his dedicated fans. The album features an impressive array of guest appearances (Usher, DeJ Loaf, Lil Yachty, Ty Dolla $ign, and Kodak Black among others), and the range of styles and moods to be expected...

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