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Robin Thicke has struggled a little over the years to climb to the top of the fickle mainstream ladder where such a talented, vocal-maestro feels at home. Previous outings like The Evolution of Robin Thicke and Sex Therapy have grazed the surface of mainstream slightly but nothing that the singer has done so far has...

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Album Review: Pet Shop Boys – Electric

July 17, 2013 | 6 Comments

Despite the grandiose celestial connotations of its title, Pet Shop Boys’ previous 2012 effort Elysium –  their final album with Parlophone – was a dull and vapid affair, salvaged only by the relative brilliance of two standout tracks: Leaving, and Requiem in Denim and Leopardskin. It’s difficult to say this of a duo that are effectively...

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Queens Will is the impressive debut album from Rock ‘n’ Roll quartet The Local Legends. The album has been described as a blend of traditional rock ‘n’ roll, blues and rockabilly, drawing similarities to Eric Clapton and Pearl Jam. It’s clear to see where these comparisons come from, as the whole album feels familiar even...

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The man known as Mayer Hawthorne is treading a very fine line. Like so many artists influenced by bygone eras, they always stand the chance of running the risk of sounding a cheap imitation of their metaphorical forefathers. As we all know, it’s not a good look, and at times, positively cringe-worthy. In this instance...

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Album Review: Sick Puppies – Connect

July 8, 2013 | 2 Comments

It’s been a long time since fans of Sick Puppies have heard new music from the Aussie via L.A. trio, but the latest album Connect is well worth the wait. Connect is the newest dose of Sick Puppies music since their 2011 EP Polar Opposite and first album since 2009’s Tri-Polar. Connect is set to be released on July...

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When I hear the name, James Brown, I think the master of funk and soul providing decades of memorable music, often known as the ‘Godfather’ of funk. Although he passed away in December 2006, his music still lives on and its now time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Live at the Apollo, originally released...

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Album Review: Hanson – Anthem

July 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

I have a confession to make. At the age of five, I was a member of the official Hanson fan club. Cringes all round, some may say, however I adored them, and their floppy ’90’s hair! Ironically, the fan club failed to reply before the band had fallen into the abyss of fickle pop obscurity,...

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Vampires, sex and the good old southern comfort of the south are a few things that spring to mind when I think of, True Blood. Oh and a shirtless Ryan Quanten and Alexander Skarsgard. Hey a girl can dream, right? So, if you’re an avid viewer of TB you have probably noticed the amazing theme...

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It seems merely five minutes ago that dance-pop hit-maker Kelly Rowland had last hit the air waves, but here we are, almost surprisingly, on album number four. Not quite the pop powerhouse that is Beyonce (aka. Queen B) yet far vocally superior in comparison to the third member of Destiny’s Child, Michelle Williams, Rowland has...

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Editors have always been a band that have managed to inspire rather divisive opinions within the audience of a certain musical spectrum. Their 2005 début – The Back Room – received critically positive reviews at the time of its release, spawning the massive song Munich in its wake. Munich itself probably served to prove itself...

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While pop music may have lost one of the its most distinctive and successful vocalists to another genre, the country music world must be feeling pretty proud of itself these days, having scored the skilled musical maestro that is Hootie and the Blowfish front man, Darius Rucker. Trading in his pop hit-making legacy for a...

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Album Review: The Band Perry – Pioneer

June 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

With the likes of Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum offering releases lately that further edge the country and pop genres closer together, a whole host of fellow country acts are lining up to follow in their footsteps and to take a slice of that successful crossover pie. While Swift and Lady A continue to rule...

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Album Review: Goo Goo Dolls – Magnetic

June 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

After listening to the Goo Goo Dolls’ newest album Magnetic, the strongest conclusion to be made is that the trio from New York have found their happy place. Magnetic is a feel-good album with lots more electronic experimentation and a less guitar-heavy feel than what we’ve heard from them before. The new direction could be...

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