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Album Review: John Legend – Darkness and Light

December 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

John Legend’s brand of R&B has been safe for most of his career, though still a solid choice for him; after finding major success in particular with All Of Me off of his previous album, he’s hit all new heights in recent years. Rather than sticking to his guns, however, Darkness and Light is an...

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Album Review: Disturbed – Live at Red Rocks

December 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

For over a century, the naturally formed amphitheatre at Red Rocks has been providing a spectacular backdrop to concerts and performances. Over the years, the stage at Red Rocks – 15 miles outside of Denver, Colorado – has hosted prominent acts such as The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, U2, and Neil Young, among countless others and,...

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Simply put – compilation records are generally the streamlined, express method of discovering new music. 2016 has contrastingly seen a mentionable abundance of compilation records and ‘best of’ collections. These are never necessarily anything of bad value, although at times may force the listener into having a slothful emergence into receiving their music. Knowing this,...

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Following the genuine aesthetic of Welsh-born music legend John Cale, comes the epicentre of his musical aura. A live album reissue collectively illustrating the magical characters that define the Rock and Roll hall of famer and his outstanding efforts in Fragments of a Rainy Season. The reissue of this ’92 live spellcasting experience follows avant-garde...

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Album Review: Susan Boyle – A Wonderful World

December 6, 2016 | 2 Comments

If there is even a sparse doubt in one’s mind of the true bliss in Susan Boyle’s voice, an instant listening to the British singer’s take on Louis Armstrong’s What A Wonderful World will weaken the knees with a sharp focus and justly acceptance. The world renowned vocal icon has softly presented her seventh album...

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In contemporary rock, it is quite normal to wait several years for a band to release new music, which makes it very surprising that the Brooklyn based trio of Highly Suspect have taken just under eighteen months to release the follow-up to their successful 2015 début, Mister Asylum. By today’s standards that is a lightning...

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Album Review: Prince – 4Ever

December 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

Is there any musician that has blended genres more successfully than Prince? Rock and funk rarely sit well together, especially when poppy melodies are involved, but Prince had a special touch. Never has a musician made so many disparate sounds work well together, and with such a distinctive, recognisable style and aesthetic. His androgynous, occasionally...

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Album Review: Neil Young – Peace Trail

December 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Politically charged, vigorous and greatly involved, the modern western-esque landscape of America has yet again fallen coveted victim to Young’s intoxicating blend of grunge-folk music. With a sprawling career ranging the greater part of nearly six decades, there’s little left to prove for the godfather of grunge. That’s not to say a new record is...

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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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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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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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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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