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Best Album of 2016

Best Albums of 2016

December 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Every week the team here at Renowned For Sound spin dozens of new records, eagerly listening out for the cream of the crop in new music. While many miss the mark there are plenty of releases that come our way that excite, inspire and keep us begging for more. With the year drawing to a...

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For a good chunk of his career, Pete Doherty was better known for his escapades and substance abuse issues than for his creative endeavours, with his relationship with model, Kate Moss, fueling the popular media’s interest in his antics. In early 2015, it was announced that Doherty had successfully completed a stint in rehab, and...

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Guy Sebastian

EP Review: Guy Sebastian – Part 1

December 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

With seven albums under his belt and a stint as Australia’s Eurovision representative in 2015, it makes perfect sense for Guy Sebastian to experiment with his style in 2016. And in fact, that’s what he does on Part 1; his pop and R&B sensibilities find themselves twisted in new directions here, in multiple ways across...

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Donald Glover’s music as Childish Gambino has always been somewhat of an oddity, when compared to his otherwise spotless career. Glover is generally masterful at everything he does, be it comic acting, stand-up comedy, or with his new show Atlanta, creating a world of multi-faceted characters. There’s always been a depth and likability to his...

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Janet Devlin

EP Review: Janet Devlin – Little Lights

December 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Last year, Janet Devlin offered a stunning Christmas EP that shed all kinds of expectations for the holidays and remained genuinely enjoyable despite the oversaturation of the holiday. For 2016, Devlin decided to continue the tradition and release another Christmas EP, but with a twist. Rather than feeling trite or overbearing, however, she takes on...

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Garth Brooks

Album Review: Garth Brooks – Gunslinger

December 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

In the world of contemporary country music, it is difficult to think of a bigger name than Garth Brooks, who has been a persistent feature in the musical landscape – his brief retirement in the early 2000s notwithstanding – since his self-titled début album back in 1989. Brooks has been recognised by the Recording Industry...

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Kane Brown

Album Review: Kane Brown – Kane Brown

December 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

In what may seem the next logical step for the neo-country music wave comes in the form of internet sensation Kane Brown’s latest and self-titled debut album. A contemporary twist on traditionalist acoustic pepperings, trusting attitudes and a vocal masculinity rooted in the history halls of southern USA. This may sound appetising and formidable, though...

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Brooke Fraser 2016

Album Review: Brooke Fraser – A Sides

December 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

A Sides is an an interesting chronicle of an artist’s slow transformation, showing Brooke Fraser’s evolution from typical folksy, Christian singer-songwriter, into a fully-fledged pop songstress. Fraser has had a hand in many of Hillsong’s bigger hits, and no matter your opinion of that particular organisation, it’s impossible to deny that she has a way...

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There is always a degree of audacity involved in releasing a double album, a touch of hubris that can just as easily break an artist as is can make them. Six album’s into her recording career, Miranda Lambert’s decision to go the double-album route with The Weight of These Wings isn’t particularly precocious, but considering...

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Back in 2012 upon first discovering Tom Odell, a shift in modern rock and roll would soon ensue for the West Sussex-born singer-songwriter. With two studio albums already under his belt detailing a classy spin on piano rock music, his royal and humble vocal croonings have now made their way into the festive season with...

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It is only plausible that this late into their massive music lifetime, The Rolling Stones offer a detailed and stripped back covers album consisting of their most regarded Blues music influences. Blues is best served ripened, matured and fused with a nod to history. Blue & Lonesome does just this – all presented with a...

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John Legend

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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Disturbed

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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