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Album Review: Fergie – Double Dutchess

October 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Fergie last release a solo record in 2006, so the arrival of Double Dutchess has been an incredibly long time coming. Despite having been teasing fans for years, Fergie’s trademark confidence and charisma hasn’t lost an inch of its impeccable shine.  The regal opening of Hungry hints at the opulence about to unfold, with Rick Ross providing an extra layer...

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The Royal Albert Hall is no stranger to iconic singer-songwriter Tori Amos. Having performed in the opulent venue in the heart of London several times over the course of her career, it has acted as an applaudable stomping ground for the classically trained songstress as she has delivered her sets to adoring fans who often...

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Album Review: Hurts – Desire

October 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

Desire is the impressive fourth record from Mancunian duo Hurts, who met outside a nightclub as their friends brawled in the background. A shared love of music brought together Theo Hutchcraft & Adam Anderson, who are still perfectly in tune with one another some 8 years later.  The album opens with lead single Beautiful Ones, a knock-out pop...

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Album Review: Miley Cyrus – Younger Now

October 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

As befits a young adult stepping out into the world on their own, Miley Cyrus has tried out multiple personas and sounds since stepping out of the shadow of the big mouse and the Hannah Montana alter-ego as a teenager in 2007. Mostly these explorations have remained firmly entrenched in pop-music, often perfectly encapsulating the...

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Album Review: Anastacia – Evolution

October 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Pop-music has long been obsessed with youthfulness, with the industry primed to constantly ply the public with a steady stream of fresh young faces. It is not a business that is overly friendly to the even relatively mature performer. At thirty-two years of age, Anastacia Newkirk was not the most likely candidate to become one...

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Grammy award winning New York hard-rock band Living Colour achieved mainstream success with the release of Vivid in 1988. After more than 30 years in the business, the band is re-emerging with their first studio album in 8 years, Shade. The thirteen track album is a blend of blues and metal, with a healthy dose...

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Album Review: Shania Twain – Now (Deluxe Edition)

September 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

There aren’t many artists that could leave the industry and return in such fine form 15 years later but Shania Twain has broken the rules of the music industry before when she become the most successful country artist of all time with the release of international breakthrough album and 40+ million selling record, Come On...

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Album Review: Motörhead – Under Cöver

September 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

2015 was a brutal year for fans of English hard-rockers Motörhead. First, the band’s (twice) former-drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor – who played on many of the group’s biggest hits – passed away in early November, and not two months later the band’s iconic frontman, core-member, and rock legend, Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister, died four days...

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Album Review: Lights – Skin&Earth

September 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

The career of Canadian songbird Lights has been a very pop glazed journey thus far. While her sophomore Siberia release dipped its toes into more acoustic waters than other releases from her repertoire, debut album The Listening and previous studio release Little Machines were dressed in glossy tones and contained more sparkly synths than you...

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Album Review: Fink – Resurgam

September 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Fink is the pseudonym of the Berlin-based English singer-songwriter, Fin Greenall. It is also the name of the three-piece band he formed in the mid-2000s – with bassist Guy Whittaker and drummer Tim Thornton – when he grew disillusioned with dance music and being a DJ, which had shaped his music career up to that...

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Glastonbury’s finest alternative foursome, Reef returned to London last night for what was to be their final show before the outfit return to their studio dwellings to piece together studio album number 5 of their 20+ year career on the British indie scene, and their first full-length release since 2000’s Getaway. The band, led by...

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Single Review: Sam Smith – Too Good At Goodbyes

September 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Sam Smith has been quiet since he was given the honour of recording the James Bond theme song in 2015, ‘Too Good At Goodbyes’ is the first single to be taken from his as yet unannounced second album. It follows from the incredible success of his debut; ‘The Lonely Hour’ in 2014.  The vocal range of Sam Smith...

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Album Review: Enter Shikari – The Spark

September 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Opening with a track entitled The Spark, and ending on one titled The Embers, you would be excused for expecting an incendiary forty-minutes from Enter Shikari’s fifth album, The Spark. Instead, the English quartet travels a more subdued path, delving into poppier sounds than their previous releases. Sure, the group’s penchant for political commentary is...

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