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Album Review: Foster The People – III

May 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks haven’t grown up to be quite as edgy as Foster The People are on III, an entree for the group’s upcoming third record. Three years since we saw them last, Foster The People have grown into quite the cutting edge quartet. Opener Pay The Man owes a lot to the...

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If there’s a way to make a mark with new and old fans then The Cranberries have undoubtedly set the benchmark in 2017. Nearly 25 years after they released their debut album to the world, comes Something Else – an acoustic over-brushing both pertinent and rich. Featuring select hits from their back catalogue and a...

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Album Review: Texas – Jump On Board

April 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

With 8 albums already under their belts and a string of hits that would make any greatest hits concert a truly enviable live experience for any music fan, Glaswegian pop/rock outfit Texas have proven they are a mainstream mainstay as they have recently unveiled album number 9 with Jump On Board adding to an already...

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Album Review: Maxïmo Park – Risk to Exist

April 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

From sly subtext, to out-and-out polemic, political activism and engagement has a long, rich history in popular music. And with the ongoing turmoil in Syria fuelling a refugee crisis, the Brexit referendum, and the ascendency of Trump – to name but a few – there are plenty of politically charged issues floating around waiting to...

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Over the course of 40 years Tina Arena has established herself as one of the most celebrated and defining Australian musical exports; a national treasure. Starting out in music at a young age when she caught the attention of her homeland after appearing on Australian talent show, Young Talent Time, Arena became a household name...

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Album Review: Sheryl Crow – Be Myself

April 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Be Myself is a fitting name given to the latest album served up by Sheryl Crow. The legendary American songstress incorporates a heavy dilution of folky blues-tinged rock music dipped in a fresh volume of pop sweetness. The contemporary divergence from her regular sound may come as a pleasant surprise to fans, including heightened levels of...

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During the 90’s when British pop music was hitting a new peak and going through a glossy transformation, Steps were a welcome addition as they erupted onto the scene with ABBA-esque pop hits like Last Thing On My Mind, One For Sorrow, Deeper Shade of Blue and Stomp; all accompanied by memorable dance routines and...

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Album Review: Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.

April 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

In the past year, Kendrick Lamar has had a meteoric rise as an recording artist collaborating with big players in the industry ranging from pop princess Taylor Swift (Bad Blood) to Sia (The Greatest) to Queen Bey (Freedom) and becoming a political force in America representing the African American community especially in their stance against...

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After touring with Dead Company for the better part of the last two years, future classic American blues singer-songwriter John Mayer glistens into the first half of 2017 with his seventh studio record titled The Search For Everything – a thoughtful collection of acoustic ballads and warming gems woven through Mayer’s raspy and smooth vocal...

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The New Pornographers are back with their seventh studio album; Whiteout Conditions. The Canadian seven-piece refusal to surrender their signature 80s sound is refreshing rather than regressive, even in the year 2017. Opener Play Money is the ideal album aperitif, big on playfully jabbing synths and addictive percussion. Clocking in at over four minutes though, it would benefit from a...

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The warning “do not open” is certainly an evocative one. Does it exist to protect fragile contents from being disturbed? To protect the unwary and unprepared from peril? Does it betray something deeply intimate and sensitive inside; secrets that someone wishes to remain hidden? Prefix that warning with the word “memories”, and the imagination simply...

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Album Review: Goldfrapp – Silver Eye

March 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

It took electronic duo Goldfrapp – members Alison Goldfrapp and quiet, almost ghost member Will Gregory – a couple of albums to really find their footing in the British music scene. With debut album Felt Mountain failing to make a lasting impression on Brit audiences, follow up Black Cherry gave the band a glam-rock style...

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Album Review: Nelly Furtado – The Ride

March 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

After half a decade since her last album release, Nelly Furtado returns with a brand new collection of songs in The Ride. John Congleton served as producer on the album. He has worked with an extensive and diverse list of artists including; Blondie, Erykah Badu, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, The Roots, St Vincent…In her newest release,...

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