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With Christmas fast approaching, ‘tis the season for boxsets, deluxe editions, and best of compilations. And so it is that influential English synth-pop outfit Tears for Fears release the sixteen track collection, Rule the World: The Greatest Hits. From their 1983 début, The Hurting, through to 2004’s Everybody Loves a Happy Ending, every album in...

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Album Review: The LaFontaines – Common Problem

November 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

A year after forming, Glaswegian quintet The LaFontaines landed themselves a spot performing at the T in the Park festival in 2011, becoming semi-regulars over the subsequent years. Since then the group has worked assiduously to build a following for their blend of rock and hip-hop, earning a reputation as excellent live performers. With their...

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Things Will Matter is the second studio album from Cambridge rockers Lonely The Brave, and sees them focusing their creative energy like never before. The Biffy Clyro effect works to their advantage, amping their sound up to its full potential. First things first though, Wait In The Car is about as pedestrian as waiting in your mum’s...

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Album Review: Maroon 5 – Red Pill Blues

November 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Listening to the 11-minute smooth funk jam of album finale Closure, it’s hard not to admire Maroon 5’s commitment to a good time. Ever since the sunny This Love and the ubiquitous Moves Like Jagger, Maroon 5 have surfed a wave of good feeling to commercial and Grammy-winning success. Buoyed by frontman Adam Levine’s successful...

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Album Review: Guy Sebastian – Conscious

November 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Back in 2003 Guy Sebastian rose to prominence first as a contestant on, and eventually as the winner of, the inaugural season of Australian Idol. Releasing a steady stream of singles, extended-plays, and albums, Sebastian capitalised on this initial success to firmly establish himself as a fixture of the Australian music scene, so much so...

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The past few years have seen Floridian metal outfit Trivium change drummers more frequently than a bass player changes strings. On their eighth album, The Sin and the Sentence, Trivium introduces their fans to the group’s new drummer Alex Bent, who was all of six years old when the band was first formed. Despite a...

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Album Review: Rachel Platten – Waves

November 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Rachel Platten’s career reads like a textbook account of a singer/songwriter seeking to make it in the unforgiving music industry. However, there are two points from which Platten’s story diverges from the norm. The first is that she ended up signed to a major label, Columbia, while the second is that she was already in...

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Once part of the Grammy Award winning Hootie and the Blowfish, Darius Rucker has rose to further stardom in his own right. Now he’s released his fifth studio album, after a long wait for fans with the first single having been released over a year ago. When Was The Last Time is now available everywhere,...

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Album Review: Dolly Parton – I Believe In You

November 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Nothing embodies the free spirit, heart and history of pure Country music than the life, times and body of work by no other person in the world (bar a very select few) than Dolly Parton. With a career spanning several decades, she remains to this very day, the one artist that music fans the world...

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Album Review: Chris Young – Losing Sleep

November 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

For thirty-two-year-old Chris Young, the past decade has been a storied one, with a win on the 2006 season of Nashville Star landing him a recording contract and propelling him to the top of the country music charts. In that time Young has evidently gotten used to the life of a recording artist, with his...

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Album Review: dvsn – Morning After

November 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

With the release of their début album, Sept. 5th, nearly a year and a half ago, Canadian duo dvsn – pronounced ‘division’ – stepped out from behind the veil of anonymity that had surrounded them since they started dropping singles in 2015.  Revealed to be producer Paul Jefferies – who is known professionally as Nineteen85...

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So it is coming up to that time of year again when your old classics are dug out of the cupboard, dusted down and given their moment to shine once more, albeit for a few weeks! What we crave year after year going into the festive season is a record that gives us an exciting,...

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Album Review: Sam Smith – The Thrill of it All

November 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Despite having a recording career reaching back into his mid-teens, Sam Smith didn’t garner substantial recognition for his vocal talents until 2012 when he featured on the Disclosure single, Latch, as a twenty-year-old. What followed was another successful guest spot, this time on Naughty Boy’s La La La in 2013, and his commercially successful début...

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