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Album Review: Ashley Monroe – Sparrow

May 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Hailing from Knoxville, Tennessee, Ashley Monroe has a long history of making old fashioned inspired country music. On her fourth album; Sparrow, these classic themes run alongside more contemporary influences from the likes of Elton John and Rick Hall. The result is a pleasant record, but one that doesn’t necessarily invoke strong feelings either way.  Both Oprhan and Hard On...

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18 years of career and numerous band formation changes later, We Are Scientists have just released their seventh studio album, Megaplex. The American duo’s latest record is a mix of indie rock and synth pop sounds, which serve as a background to the rhyming, catchy (and at traits dull) lyrics of the album. Although musically...

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Album Review: Kimbra – Primal Heart

May 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

It’s been nearly seven years since Kiwi songstress Kimbra Johnson, who simply goes by the mononym Kimbra, teamed up with Australian Wally De Backer – who is otherwise known as Gotye – on the song, Somebody That I Used to Know. Taking the world by storm, in no small part thanks to Johnson’s vocal contribution,...

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Five years have gone since the previous release by Matt Cardle, the winner of the seventh UK edition of the X-Factor. Over this long break Matt fought against his struggles with alcohol and drugs, and he is now ready to portrait to the world his new found energy in Time to Be Alive. Higher Power...

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Album Review: Tinashe – Joyride

May 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

Kentucky born R&B star Tinashe is back with second album Joyride, a sensual yet subtle exploration reminiscent of Sade. But with subtlety, there is a danger of not packing enough of a punch to truly stand out.  The title track is a perfect example of this, by making everything sound understated I don’t feel the passion for...

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The inspirational mind of Janelle Monae is unlike any other. Instead of creating albums; she creates universes, the latest of which we are invited to explore is Dirty Computer. A celebration of audio and visual excellence that uses nods from the past to write the future.  “I’m not that special, I’m broke inside” sings Monae on the title...

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Album Review: Sting & Shaggy – 44/876

May 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

At some point; somewhere in the world, someone asked the question – ‘what’s better than one outdated singer?’ to which someone must have responded with – ‘well, obviously it’s TWO outdated singers!’… I would like to inform those people; if you’re reading this, that the answer is in fact NO outdated singers. Sadly, my advice...

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Golden Hour is the third studio album by Kacey Musgraves. The American singer, once again, put together a sensational record that excites and moves the audience, whether you are country music fan or not. Slow Burn’s gentle acoustic guitar opens the album. In this song, Kacey Musgraves’ lyrics feel extremely personal and honest, something which helps to...

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Album Review: Lisa Stansfield – Deeper

April 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

There has been a persistent undercurrent of eighties nostalgia that has informed contemporary music for the last little while now. Unlike many progenitors of today’s eighties influenced music, English singer Lisa Stansfield is not only old enough to remember the decade, she was busy making music throughout it, first as the winner of the Search...

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Album Review: Gin Wigmore – Ivory

April 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Since breaking onto the scene a decade ago with the inventively titled EP, Extended Play, Kiwi singer-songwriter Virginia “Gin” Wigmore has gone from strength to strength. With each release she hasn’t shied away from developing her sound and style, moving away from the pop sound that shaped her first album and expanding into rockier territory....

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Despite my formative years taking place in the nineties, at the height of alternative rock’s cultural influence, I must admit that Welsh rock-outfit Manic Street Preachers never really registered much on my radar. Sure, I knew they existed, heard their name bandied around now and then by friends or the music press yet, unlike their...

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No Mercy In This Land is the second album by Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, following their Grammy Awarded Get Up! in 2013. Once again, thanks to the legendary harmonica sound by  Charlie Musselwhite, the sentimental lyrics and the strong vocals by Ben Harper, the two American artists are able to deliver an outstanding album. When I Go opens with nearly...

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Album Review: En Vogue – Electric Cafe

April 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

En Vogue return with Electric Cafe, their first in 14 years and the debut to be released from under their own En Vogue Records label imprint. Original members Terry Ellis and Cindy Herron are joined by Rhona Bennett, who has been with the group since 2005. Blue Skies opens the album with a glowingly modern feel that still recalls that...

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