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The build up to tonight’s show feels like a long time coming. LP is four albums in, but tonight feels like a celebration of their achievement as an artist. A visibly queer musician, LP provides some much needed positive representation for the youthful crowd that fill The Forum right up to the rafters. Much of...

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Country music royalty Faith Hill and Tim McGraw have been married for the last 21 years, preferring to keep their respective music careers separate from one another. But 2017 sees this still loved-up couple release their first joint venture; The Rest Of Our Life, a record that documents traditional country living.  Eponymous track The Rest Of Our Life has the...

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Album Review: Barenaked Ladies – Fake Nudes

November 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

Being four, fully clothed middle-aged men, Fake Nudes is the perfect title for a Barenaked Ladies album. Personal preference will dictate whether you scold the Canadian group for taking three decades and fifteen studio albums plus a handful of EPs – they’re a prolific bunch aren’t they – to finally make the joke, or commend...

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For the perfect soundtrack to your Primark Christmas shopping, Keane frontman Tom Chaplin brings you Twelve Tales Of Christmas. Mixing originals with covers, the album is a collection of soft mope-rock with festive overtones. It should be familiar to fans of Keane’s chart-topping hits Bedshaped and Somewhere Only We Know. On Twelve Tales…,Chaplin’s voice remains...

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Even if people don’t really know The Killers, they are definitely still a fan of The Killers. The Las Vegas natives this week returned to the capital for one last victory lap with most recent album Wonderful Wonderful. The result was a sequin powered dance party filled to the brim with iconic indie moments. From the minute...

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Album Review: Sia – Everyday Is Christmas

November 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Even as a child I was never big on Christmas – much to the chagrin of some members of my family – and as an adult and burgeoning curmudgeon greetings of ‘Merry Christmas’ see me choke back replies of ‘bah, humbug’. So, as you can imagine, I’m not big on Christmas albums. Yet despite my...

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Marshall Mathers III – better known as Eminem – is no stranger to shocking audiences with his music. With Walk on Water, the first single from his forthcoming ninth studio album Revival, the shock isn’t due to aggressive beats and in-your-face lyrics, but rather the complete opposite. Setting aside the involvement of Queen Bey for...

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Little Mix know how to make an entrance. On 25 November, the UK chart-topping, X Factor-winning girl group whipped the London O2 Arena into a frenzy when they kicked off the second to last show on their Glory Days Tour. Opening with Power, the girls stormed the stage dressed in studded leather outfits supported by...

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Album Review: Morrissey – Low In High School

November 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Morrissey’s latter-day legacy has somewhat tarnished by his incendiary and poorly judged comments. From defending Brexit and Harvey Weinstein, his reputation as an outspoken contrarian has also seen debut novel List of The Lost universally lambasted. On his eleventh solo album Low In High School, Morrissey makes no attempt to correct the course. He’s made another album...

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2017 has been quite the year for Marika Hackman, the release of album I’m Not Your Man has seen her tour the world and achieve a coveted place at the top table of British music at present. Touring with Our Girl for the past few weeks, this weeks show was the big one – the home show, at London’s...

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A great sense of pride and joy is found when you watch a band go from performing in gloomy basements on their first tour, to this week headlining a sold-out night at Alexandra Palace. Wolf Alice have toiled harder and harder over the years, last night’s gig felt like they are being crowned by their adoring...

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Album Review: Seal – Standards

November 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Looking at album sales and chart positions, it would be easy to conclude that British singer Seal peaked in the mid-nineties when Kiss from a Rose surged up the charts a year after its initial release when it was included on the Batman Forever soundtrack. Such an assessment certainly has merit but neglects the fact...

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Album Review: Shed Seven – Instant Pleasures

November 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Instant Pleasures, the fifth album by Shed Seven, comes out sixteen years after Truth Be Told (2001). Formed in 1990, split in 2003, and reformed in 2007 mainly to play live, the English band from York announced its new release earlier this year. Although the name of the album is a great anticipation of the...

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