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There’s something inherently difficult about reviewing holiday-themed music. One of the key considerations when reviewing music is its intended purpose, be that to create lively fun, evoke emotions, amuse, or enrage. The problem with holiday music is that its purpose is seemingly to be novel, and whilst it may succeed at that particular goal, that...

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It’s been almost three years since The Wanted announced their hiatus as a band; three years in which Nathan Sykes has actively worked on his solo career, releasing singles since 2015 and keeping fans waiting. It was obvious that he was taking his solo music in a different direction, and now that it’s all come...

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Kate Bush

Album Review: Kate Bush – Before The Dawn

December 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

In the sprawling cosmos of modern music, true beauty within a body of work often comes down to how well it is conveyed through performance delivered live. It is with this that music definition can be crafted and uncoiled to a large and honest resolution. Kate Bush, is now once again at the epicentre of...

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DNCE

Album Review: DNCE- DNCE

December 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

It’s no easy feat to produce a danceable, funk driven pop album to the expectation of 2016. There’s a lot wrong with contemporary commercial “dance” music of today. Graciously, American dance-pop band DNCE have nothing to fear; splashing colours through a spectrum of notable stamina. The band release a debut record deeply rooted in old-school...

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Bic Runga

Album Review: Bic Runga – Close Your Eyes

November 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

In the four years since her previous album studio album Belle, Bic Runga decided to do something different. Close Your Eyes is made up almost entirely of covers, with only two original compositions on the tracklist, with each song being one that says something about her life in the current moment. Rather than writing solely...

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The Weeknd

Album Review: The Weeknd – Starboy

November 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

In 2011, if you told someone that by 2016, The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye) would be one of the biggest popstars in the world, it’s fairly unlikely they’d believe you. His first three breakout mixtapes (collectively known as Trilogy) were dark, brooding affairs, melding alt-R&B sounds with lyrics about depressed hedonism and sex where consent was...

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I’m going to say something that will probably have the hard-core Metallica fans baying for my blood; I quite like St. Anger and Death Magnetic. Excepting the technical issues around the mix/mastering of the latter – come on Rick Rubin, dynamic-range is not a dirty world – I think they are both solid albums, and...

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Back in the Christmas season of 2015, we received the first Christmas Queens album. Collecting various girls from RuPaul’s Drag Race and even queens from outside of the series, it was a hilarious take on the traditional Christmas album and a refreshing note for the holiday. Unsurprisingly, 2016 gives us the follow-up collection, Christmas Queens...

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Little Mix

Album Review: Little Mix – Glory Days

November 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

It’s only been a year since Little Mix released their amazing third album Get Weird. It was a solid mixture of R&B productions and throwback pop music, showing off their versatility and skill when it comes to reliving the past through their music. It’s only been a year since its release, but Little Mix have...

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Justice

Album Review: Justice – Woman

November 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

From embracing French House at its ultimate level on † to mixing it with a prog rock style on Audio, Video, Disco, Justice’s music has been heading in a strange direction. Starting as one of the strongest house groups in the French electronic scene, it was disheartening to many when their second offering fooled with...

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Six months ago, Los Angeles based hard-rock outfit, Sixx:A.M., released Prayers for the Damned and, as promised, the trio have just released the second volume of the double-album, Prayers for the Blessed. As presaged by the title, Prayers for the Blessed is the softer of the two albums, but that softness is not applied with...

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At a time when the world is caught up in rife patterns of disarray, questionable world leadership and poignant truth, there is plenty of room for necessary and compelling music. No other group could perhaps better exhibit such a truthful musicianship than the mighty A Tribe Called Quest. Since the early days in the boulevard...

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Simple Minds

Album Review: Simple Minds – Acoustic

November 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

Over their respective music career, Scottish band Simple Minds have buried their way deep into the musical archive of their abundant global fans. Soundtracking people’s lives all through the eighties well into the current day, the band have made a powerful imprint with their soothing blend on rock-pop and large vocal croonings. Their uniqueness maintains...

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