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Album Review: TRAAMS – Grin

September 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

TRAAMS has the recipe down; tossing a peppy groove into a pot with a handful of potent hooks seems to be as second nature to them as adding milk to cereal is for the rest of us. But the members of the band aren’t content just singing/strumming/tapping their parts; in their debut album Grin, they...

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Album Review: The Weeknd – Kissland

September 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

Kissland, the studio debut from Toronto’s The Weeknd, is an ambitious album. Of course, the artistic drive found on Kissland comes as no surprise. Abel Tesfaye, who you will know as The Weeknd, has already released three mix tapes in 2011 and a compilation album in 2012. Critics and music fans alike have been swooning...

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It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t know Jack Johnson and his so-laid-back-it’s-horizontal music by now. He’s the poster child for Hawaii and their chilled out sun, sand, and surf lifestyle, and his music is the perfect soundtrack. His sixth studio album, From Here To Now To You is no exception, and it is pure...

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Album Review: Placebo – Loud Like Love

September 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Love, love, love. What is it good for? Music, apparently. English rockers Placebo have dedicated their new album Loud Like Love to themes of love and romance. The seventh album for their collection, Loud Like Love takes a more mainstream friendly direction than their previous efforts. This is also the newest record from Placebo since...

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This month sees the release of The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be, a new album from British rockers Exit Calm. The record seems to have antecedents in the work of alternative groups most active in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, however, Exit Calm provides a take that is fundamentally modern. The album...

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Album Review: Birdy – Fire Within

September 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

On the odd occasion – somewhat sparingly, to be precise – along comes a musician that causes ripples on an often stagnant pond. When Birdy – real name Jasmine van der Bogaerde – swooped into the fray that is the music scene back in 2011, her surprisingly mature voice caused a bit of a stir,...

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Album Review: Icona Pop – This Is… Icona Pop

September 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Icona Pop’s highly anticipated debut album is here; but don’t worry – This Is… Icona Pop lives up to expectations, and is ready for you to grab a hairbrush and dance around the living room to. Formed in 2009, Swedish duo Icona Pop stood out from the crowd by producing a fresh sound which incorporates...

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Album Review: Rubylux – The World Goes Quiet

September 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

It’s been 3 years since the release of Fake Control, the debut studio album for Rubylux, Brighton’s spritely four-piece pop/rock outfit. The album cast out a few memorable singles, notably the records lead track, The Boy Could Fly and the album quickly became one of RenownedForSound.com’s favorite releases of 2010. Its soft ballads, paired with...

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Album Review: Janelle Monae – The Electric Lady

September 19, 2013 | 5 Comments

When Janelle Monae entered the music scene, with her sharp suit and tie, fantastically quiffed bouffant and immaculately soulful voice, she stole the eyes and ears of music fans worldwide. 2010’s debut album The ArchAndroid proved the singer’s style was backed with plenty substance. As she returns with her long awaited sophomore LP The Electric...

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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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