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Garth Brooks

Album Review: Garth Brooks – Gunslinger

December 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

In the world of contemporary country music, it is difficult to think of a bigger name than Garth Brooks, who has been a persistent feature in the musical landscape – his brief retirement in the early 2000s notwithstanding – since his self-titled début album back in 1989. Brooks has been recognised by the Recording Industry...

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Kane Brown

Album Review: Kane Brown – Kane Brown

December 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

In what may seem the next logical step for the neo-country music wave comes in the form of internet sensation Kane Brown’s latest and self-titled debut album. A contemporary twist on traditionalist acoustic pepperings, trusting attitudes and a vocal masculinity rooted in the history halls of southern USA. This may sound appetising and formidable, though...

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Brooke Fraser 2016

Album Review: Brooke Fraser – A Sides

December 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

A Sides is an an interesting chronicle of an artist’s slow transformation, showing Brooke Fraser’s evolution from typical folksy, Christian singer-songwriter, into a fully-fledged pop songstress. Fraser has had a hand in many of Hillsong’s bigger hits, and no matter your opinion of that particular organisation, it’s impossible to deny that she has a way...

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There is always a degree of audacity involved in releasing a double album, a touch of hubris that can just as easily break an artist as is can make them. Six album’s into her recording career, Miranda Lambert’s decision to go the double-album route with The Weight of These Wings isn’t particularly precocious, but considering...

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It is only plausible that this late into their massive music lifetime, The Rolling Stones offer a detailed and stripped back covers album consisting of their most regarded Blues music influences. Blues is best served ripened, matured and fused with a nod to history. Blue & Lonesome does just this – all presented with a...

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John Legend

Album Review: John Legend – Darkness and Light

December 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

John Legend’s brand of R&B has been safe for most of his career, though still a solid choice for him; after finding major success in particular with All Of Me off of his previous album, he’s hit all new heights in recent years. Rather than sticking to his guns, however, Darkness and Light is an...

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Disturbed

Album Review: Disturbed – Live at Red Rocks

December 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

For over a century, the naturally formed amphitheatre at Red Rocks has been providing a spectacular backdrop to concerts and performances. Over the years, the stage at Red Rocks – 15 miles outside of Denver, Colorado – has hosted prominent acts such as The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, U2, and Neil Young, among countless others and,...

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Simply put – compilation records are generally the streamlined, express method of discovering new music. 2016 has contrastingly seen a mentionable abundance of compilation records and ‘best of’ collections. These are never necessarily anything of bad value, although at times may force the listener into having a slothful emergence into receiving their music. Knowing this,...

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Following the genuine aesthetic of Welsh-born music legend John Cale, comes the epicentre of his musical aura. A live album reissue collectively illustrating the magical characters that define the Rock and Roll hall of famer and his outstanding efforts in Fragments of a Rainy Season. The reissue of this ’92 live spellcasting experience follows avant-garde...

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Susan Boyle

Album Review: Susan Boyle – A Wonderful World

December 6, 2016 | 2 Comments

If there is even a sparse doubt in one’s mind of the true bliss in Susan Boyle’s voice, an instant listening to the British singer’s take on Louis Armstrong’s What A Wonderful World will weaken the knees with a sharp focus and justly acceptance. The world renowned vocal icon has softly presented her seventh album...

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In contemporary rock, it is quite normal to wait several years for a band to release new music, which makes it very surprising that the Brooklyn based trio of Highly Suspect have taken just under eighteen months to release the follow-up to their successful 2015 début, Mister Asylum. By today’s standards that is a lightning...

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Prince

Album Review: Prince – 4Ever

December 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

Is there any musician that has blended genres more successfully than Prince? Rock and funk rarely sit well together, especially when poppy melodies are involved, but Prince had a special touch. Never has a musician made so many disparate sounds work well together, and with such a distinctive, recognisable style and aesthetic. His androgynous, occasionally...

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Neil Young

Album Review: Neil Young – Peace Trail

December 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Politically charged, vigorous and greatly involved, the modern western-esque landscape of America has yet again fallen coveted victim to Young’s intoxicating blend of grunge-folk music. With a sprawling career ranging the greater part of nearly six decades, there’s little left to prove for the godfather of grunge. That’s not to say a new record is...

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