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Live albums are the chameleons of the music world, trotted out to serve a variety of purposes as circumstance demands. In their purest distillation, live albums represent lightning in a bottle, capturing and preserving an astounding performance for posterity and allowing those who weren’t there a glimpse of the greatness. On a more base level,...

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Album Review: Hayley Kiyoko – Expectations

April 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

Queer representation within modern culture is definitely becoming more commonplace, but few artists explicitly use their queerness when it comes to subject matter within music. Enter Hayley Kiyoko, the former child star who’s debut album Expectations maintains a constant lady loving theme throughout. The Expectations (Overture) gives way to the frustratingly smooth Feelings, a relatable frustration of knowing you’re into someone...

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There is no denying that Jack White has worked wonders for the physical music sales industry, thanks to his Third Man Records initiative but; ever increasingly, his growingly complex adventures in sound are becoming harder and harder for the casual listener to tolerate. The one time White Stripe frontman is no stranger to going a bit...

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Album Review: Kylie Minogue – Golden

April 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Seems like a trend for pop artists to experiment with country music, from Justin Timberlake to Gwen Stefani, now it’s the turn of Kyle Minogue. Golden, fourteenth studio album by the pop Australian singer, is an interesting merger between country and dance pop music enriched by some slower and moodier tracks. Dancing, in which Kyle...

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One time 80s pop sensation Toni Braxton has returned with her ninth studio album; and that’s not including her early work alongside her siblings in group The Braxtons. Sex & Cigarettes comes after a number of health based issues for the singer, who is refusing to let such features weaken any part of her public persona. There...

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After four years since his acclaimed debut album Wanted on Voyage, George Ezra has finally released his second record Staying at Tamara’s. The title of his sophomore album is dedicated to the time he spent in Barcelona at a stranger’s house (Tamara) to express his creativity and work on his songs. A gentle and cheerful...

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Album Review: Snoop Dogg – Bible of Love

April 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Snoop Dogg is well known for his ability to reinvent himself and Bible of Love is yet another proof. Bible of Love is a hip hop gospel collection put together by the American rapper featuring many different artists. The record is a tough listening, since it is composed by thirty-two songs and it’s more than...

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Album Review: Alison Wonderland – Awake

April 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Australian expat Alexandra Sholler certainly has a knack for naming things. Besides the knowingly playful pseudonym of Alison Wonderland that she has adopted for her professional life, she chooses wonderfully pithy, yet evocative titles, for her releases. Unlike her first releases – 2014’s Calm Down EP and her 2015 début album, Run – which carried...

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Your eyes do not deceive you, 80s superstar Kim Wilde really has called her latest record Here Come The Aliens. But instead of having you reaching to call Mulder & Scully, this record is more likely to have you reaching for the glitter!  Here Come The Aliens is Wilde’s first collection in seven years, and was produced by her brother Ricky. 1969 welcomes...

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Album Review: David Byrne – American Utopia

March 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

In a world where political divisions run deep, where social media echo-chambers and internet algorithms seem only to reinforce each side’s prejudices and preconceptions, the gulf between the “us” and the “them” can seem to be an unbridgeable chasm. Yet despite this growing sense of alienation from “the other”, Talking Heads front-man David Byrne wants...

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Album Review: Turbowolf – The Free Life

March 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Bristol based rock band, Turbowolf, is back with their third studio album The Free Life. Contrary to the previous releases, this is a record full of collaborations that enrich the already elaborate Turbowolf ’s sound. Gentle and whispered vocals open No No No, before being swept away by the powerful and aggressive drumming by...

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Album Review: Trixie Mattel – One Stone

March 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

There has never been and most likely never will be an artist like Trixie Mattel. The star; real name Brian Firkus, competed on season 7 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and now finds herself a frontrunner in the AllStars edition of the show, whilst somehow also finding the time for a Viceland TV series. Trixie’s love of country...

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Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt is the fifteenth studio album by the prolific Moby. In fact, since 2016 the American musician has released four albums addressing his political view. In in These Systems Are Failing (2016) and More Fast Songs About the Apocalypse (2017) Moby addressed his thoughts about USA internal and external political...

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