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Album Review: Jimmy Eat World – Damage

June 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Ah, Jimmy Eat World. Who else can induce such strong feelings of nostalgia even upon hearing a new album for the first time? Who else can take us back to High School and those nights driving around with your best friends blasting The Middle at an obscene volume in an instant? Fans of the Arizona-based quartet can breathe...

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Album Review: CSS – Planta

June 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

Cansei de Ser Sexy – better known to the world as CSS – have appeared to have lurked under the radar as of late, which is an impressive feat, given their previously garish, neon-tinged attire when they burst into music press consciousness in the middle of the noughties. However, the crest of Nu-Rave has long...

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Thirteen years may seem like an odd anniversary to specifically commemorate, and with that little two-digit number awash with superstition, it is considered unlucky by many. Indeed, perhaps its inclusion in the title of The Dandy Warhols’ third album – Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia – foreshadowed things to come, as despite the band blowing...

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Queens of the Stone Age have always loved cheeky rock and roll contradictions. Hell, it’s even there in the band name: Stone Age society was certainly not matriarchal, nor are any of the band members gay – but the band name sounds awesome, so who really cares? There’s a ballsy irony behind the new album...

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Album Review: Eve – Lip Lock

June 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

After a long hiatus, following battles with her record label, Eve is back with Lip Lock, her fourth studio album, and like much of Eve’s back catalogue, it’s a tough affair. I have to admit I like the audacity of the opening two tracks (Eve and She Bad Bad); they sneer, they jeer, and Eve...

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With a pair of hit singles (Love Me and Black Heart) having done the rounds on the charts last year, the UK’s most promising new girl group, Stooshe, appear to be hitting all the right notes as they have finally released their debut album, London With The Lights On, an album several times delayed due...

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Album Review: Jamie Cullum – Momentum

May 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Jazz-pop is a curious genre label. Jazz – with its blue notes, improvisation, polyrhythms, and syncopation – is often considered to be something of a musical refuge for the more cerebral; whereas good old fashioned pop masquerades as a sanctuary for the everyman. Straddling the divide between the two is not something that you’d consider to...

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Given the fact the Laura Marling is a mere 23 years of age, her opus of work is certainly impressive. No one can accuse her of being underachieving; four albums in six years is a mean feat for any singer-songwriter, something which is only intensified by the quality of her efforts, all of which have...

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Album Review: Texas – The Conversation

May 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

After an eight year hiatus from recording as a band, one of Scotland’s most influential and timeless collectives, Texas, are back this month with The Conversation, their first album since 2005’s Red Book. Flexing their hit making muscles over a brand new track listing, The Conversation is certainly one of the bands most anticipated records...

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Come circa 2013, and the majority of music know-it-all’s will no doubt be aware of the existence of Thirty Seconds To Mars, a band perhaps most well known as film star Jared Leto’s ‘side project’, and subsequently dismissed by many as simply an outlet for his ego. However with the band – completed by guitarist...

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It’s difficult to overestimate the impact that Daft Punk had on electronic dance music and 21st century pop: their 1997 debut Homework administered a much needed injection of adrenaline into a flagging and imploding global house music scene, whilst 2001’s Discovery provided what would become a framework for the next decade’s pop music, as well as diverting...

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A labour of love for Simon Collins, the son of legendary Phil Collins, Dimensionaut is a concept album from newly formed band Sound of Contact, featuring Simon Collins on vocals and drums (a chip off the old block, eh?), with co-producer/co-writer and keyboardist Dave Kerzner (Sonic Reality, Kevin Gilbert) and the addition of such great...

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Album Review: Agnetha Faltskog – A

May 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Agnetha Faltskog is one of the most iconic singers to grace the musical world over the past 50 years. With her angelic vocals, long blonde locks and globally adored good looks, Agnetha was the face of 70’s pop supergroup, ABBA. Performing alongside band members Frida Lyngstad, Bjorn Ulvaes and Benny Anderson, ABBA are still regarded...

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