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With a duration just shy of fifty-two minutes, the sophomore LP, Beach House 3, from Tyrone Griffin Jr – better known as Ty Dolla $ign – may seem positively minuscule compared to the seventy-two-and-a-half minutes of his début, Free TC. Perhaps in an effort to beef up the album and bolster sales – or the...

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I’ve been a fan of A Perfect Circle since day dot when the angry chords of Judith first rang out ahead of the début record Mer de Noms, and Thirteenth Step’s seething emotions cemented my fandom a few years later. Now, with fifteen years passing since the band last released an album of new, original...

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Album Review: Reef – Revelation

May 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

Long has passed since last Reef studio album (18 years) and some may have forgot the English band, but their fifth record Revelation is here to refresh your memory or maybe make you fall in love for the first time. The opener Revelation may fool you: the title-track is heavily inspired by AC/DC recognisable style....

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With her 1999 solo début album, The Captain, Kasey Chambers divided audiences with her distinct drawling vocals, equal parts husky and shrill. Since then, Chambers has gone on to establish herself as a beloved and highly regarded fixture of the Australian music scene. Chambers co-credits her twelfth studio album, Campfire, to The Fireside Disciples, a...

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In an age of increasing interconnection, where every taste and preference can exist and be catered to in its own exclusive little corner of the internet, and fads flare and fade with ever quickening speed, it can be easy to forget the musical phenomena that defined past ages and the influence they exerted on the...

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Despite Rearview Town being Jason Aldean’s eighth studio album, and the Academy of Country Music naming him entertainer of the years three years running, I must admit to not having heard of the country performer before. As I sat down to become acquainted with Aldean, a shiver ran down my spine as I recalled the...

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You’d be wrong; but forgiven, for thinking that the creepy sewer clown from It had started his own band. But California punks Pennywise are only indebted to Steven King’s creature in name. Never Gonna Die is the TWELFTH record from a band who have near religiously released a politically charged record every two years.  Title track Never Gonna Die makes...

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Album Review: Ashley Monroe – Sparrow

May 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Hailing from Knoxville, Tennessee, Ashley Monroe has a long history of making old fashioned inspired country music. On her fourth album; Sparrow, these classic themes run alongside more contemporary influences from the likes of Elton John and Rick Hall. The result is a pleasant record, but one that doesn’t necessarily invoke strong feelings either way.  Both Oprhan and Hard On...

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18 years of career and numerous band formation changes later, We Are Scientists have just released their seventh studio album, Megaplex. The American duo’s latest record is a mix of indie rock and synth pop sounds, which serve as a background to the rhyming, catchy (and at traits dull) lyrics of the album. Although musically...

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Album Review: Kimbra – Primal Heart

May 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

It’s been nearly seven years since Kiwi songstress Kimbra Johnson, who simply goes by the mononym Kimbra, teamed up with Australian Wally De Backer – who is otherwise known as Gotye – on the song, Somebody That I Used to Know. Taking the world by storm, in no small part thanks to Johnson’s vocal contribution,...

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Five years have gone since the previous release by Matt Cardle, the winner of the seventh UK edition of the X-Factor. Over this long break Matt fought against his struggles with alcohol and drugs, and he is now ready to portrait to the world his new found energy in Time to Be Alive. Higher Power...

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Album Review: Tinashe – Joyride

May 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

Kentucky born R&B star Tinashe is back with second album Joyride, a sensual yet subtle exploration reminiscent of Sade. But with subtlety, there is a danger of not packing enough of a punch to truly stand out.  The title track is a perfect example of this, by making everything sound understated I don’t feel the passion for...

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The inspirational mind of Janelle Monae is unlike any other. Instead of creating albums; she creates universes, the latest of which we are invited to explore is Dirty Computer. A celebration of audio and visual excellence that uses nods from the past to write the future.  “I’m not that special, I’m broke inside” sings Monae on the title...

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