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Pride was out on full display last night with one of pop musics most celebrated and loved acts dominating the outdoor stage in the picturesque London suburb of Greenwich. With the historic Old Royal Navy College grounds serving as the picture perfect backdrop of the night, 90’s pop hit makers Steps brought their hit Summer...

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For his début solo record, Post Traumatic, Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda has delivered an album that earnestly wears its heart on its sleeve. So much so, that at times it feels downright unsavoury and intrusive to be listening to something so clearly personal for entertainment purposes.  Port Traumatic is an extension of the EP...

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Album Review: Lykke Li – So Sad So Sexy

July 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

In the decade since releasing her début album, Youth Novels, Swedish singer Lykke Li established herself as a darling of the critics with 2011’s Wounded Rhymes and 2014’s I Never Learn, with both of those albums receiving near universal praise and achieving very respectable sales figures globally. Against the backdrop of these past successes, the...

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It is undoubtedly trite to say that you either get a particular artist or group, or you don’t. That you either love them or hate them, because there is no middle ground. Yet Dave Matthews Band is – and has been for nearly three decades – one of those groups. For the sake of transparency,...

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Johnny Marr seems to be the only lasting member of The Smiths not hell bent on destroying his reputation. Whilst Morrissey is out in the world making questionable choices, Mr Marr is taking everything in and making forward thinking rock albums. Call The Comet is Marr’s third solo record, and one of his most intriguing yet.  It...

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The debut album from Christina Aguilera may have come out almost 20 years ago, but not even the staunchest of critics would deny the fact her voice remains a total powerhouse. Liberation is the singer’s 8th album and features the likes of Demi Lovato and 2Chainz – something that comes at an interesting junction for Aguilera, where...

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Album Review: Jessie J – R.O.S.E.

June 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

BBC Sound of 2011 Jessie J’s comeback has been a somewhat quiet affair in comparison to her seemingly global takeover at the start of her career. Rejecting the traditional album format, there are 4 separate EPs that make up R.O.S.E., now there are ways to innovate – but when thinking about how instant & simplistic...

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Album Review: Morcheeba – Blaze Away

June 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

90s electronic stalwarts Morcheeba are back with their ninth studio album; Blaze Away, a more mellow affair that blends ambient soul with ambient bass notes. Following a brief split in 2003, the band now consists solely of Skye Edwards and Ross Godfrey after the departure of his brother Paul in 2014.  Despite being regularly described as an...

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Album Review: Lily Allen – No Shame

June 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

There has been much publicised about Lily Allen’s personal life since her emergence in 2006, but on fourth album; No Shame, Allen has been able to channel everything she has weathered into yet another high point in her career. Allen’s cockney charm and honest opinions remain at the heart of everything she does, making for a record...

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Album Review: Neko Case – Hell-On

June 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Singer Neko Case has always been a little backward in coming forward, blending seemingly personal narrative arcs with dreamlike whimsy to create intoxicating, aural elixirs. While most of her output as a solo artist has been in the vein of alt-country, 2013’s (wordily titled) The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I...

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Album Review: Snow Patrol – Wilderness

June 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

It’s been the better part of seven years since Snow Patrol last released an album of new material, which is a virtual eternity in the contemporary music industry, and twelve years since Eyes Open rocketed up the charts off the back of international smash hit, Chasing Cars. The quintet’s seventh studio album, Wilderness, again sees...

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Nostalgia was out on full display last night as one of Scotland’s finest outfits dominated the capital with a performance of late nineties/early noughties hits that have evidently stood the test of time. Travis – led by down to earth, raspy voiced front-man Fran Healy – played the second of two shows at the prestigious...

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Album Review: Shawn Mendes – Shawn Mendes

June 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

Shawn Mendes has come an incredibly long way from his pre-popstar days of posting covers on the now defunct Vine app. Now on his third studio record; Mendes’ star continues to rise, this record is able to tap into his young audience without a hint of it remotely being patronised. It would be easy to...

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