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Post Malone

Post Malone - Hollywood's Bleeding (Album Review)

With two successful albums to his name, Post Malone has now released his most thought-provoking work to date with ‘Hollywood’s Bleeding’. Taking time to reflect on his direction and values, it feels like an epiphanous moment in the multi-platinum artist’s 0-100 career. 

Written by: Milly McMahon | Date: Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow - Threads (Album Review)

Sheryl Crow’s always been good at what she does. No more, no less. She’s crafted the occasional moment that might be deemed great, but although a Grammy-winning superstar who’s sold tens of millions of albums, her songs  have rarely threatened to attain classic status or reshape the musical landscape. Unlike the work of the legends she’s drafted in for this enjoyable, albeit indulgent and flawed, duets record.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Brockhampton

Brockhampton - Ginger (Album Review)

It’s been a frenetic few years for the DIY rap outfit Brockhampton. Having met through online hip hop forums, the self declared boyband released three well received albums throughout 2017 (‘The Saturation Trilogy’), before key member Ameer Vann was kicked out of the group in light of sexual misconduct allegations. 

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Monday, 09 September 2019

Tool

Tool - Fear Inoculum (Album Review)

Photo: Travis Shinn If you’ve waited a long time for something, you might as well spend a long time with it once it finally arrives, right? Tool’s return, after a 13 year absence that amounted to torture for their committed following, is a slow moving, dense work defined by its patient approach. Its steadfast insistence on hitting its marks in its own time, and skipping zero pages in the band’s playbook, will delight diehards.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Friday, 06 September 2019

Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell! (Album Review)

When Lana Del Rey’s Video Games attained viral status in 2011, it felt entirely plausible that her success would be a flash in the pan. Many critics (often male) derided her as a contrived, inauthentic pop star whose cinematic melancholia could not translate to long term appeal. Eight years and four albums later, they’ve been proven wrong about her longevity, and yet Del Rey’s multi-textured inauthenticity has flourished, and become a kind of defining brand. Sometimes you can be wrong and right at the same time.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Thursday, 05 September 2019

Ezra Furman

Ezra Furman - Twelve Nudes (Album Review)

Seeking to stay true to a punk aesthetic, Ezra Furman and band recorded ‘Twelve Nudes’ at a rapid pace with creative help from booze and cigarettes. And it shows. It doesn’t deliver the production finesse of 2018’s ‘Transangelic Exodus’, but that’s kind of the point.

Written by: Helen Payne | Date: Wednesday, 04 September 2019

Common

Common - Let Love (Album Review)

‘Let Love’ is Common’s 12th studio album and serves as the self-declared musical iteration of his New York Times bestselling memoir Let Love Have the Last Word. 

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Tuesday, 03 September 2019

The Futureheads

The Futureheads - Powers (Album Review)

‘Powers’ is the Futureheads’ sixth studio album and the first since the band went on hiatus following the lukewarm reception to their excellent a capella offering ‘Rant!’ in 2013. It is a return to the thrashy post punk sound that characterised their early success, and while familiar problems arise with several songs, it is a record of intricate and innovative arrangements that should place them firmly back on the European festival circuit next year.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Monday, 02 September 2019

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift - Lover (Album Review)

Taylor Swift’s songs can be quite cloying, which makes sense. This is an artist forged in the furnace of country music, where proletarian tales of naiveté and heartbreak rattle along next to low slung, sorrowful defiance—all in the name of naked, exploitable greenbacks. As such her seventh studio album, ‘Lover’, hits its familiar marks in a now familiarly unfamiliar way. She is America’s most conventional pop star.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Thursday, 29 August 2019

Sheer Mag

Sheer Mag - A Distant Call (Album Review)

Among the many joys presented by Sheer Mag’s earliest 7”s was the feeling that you’d stumbled across a secret and were subsequently getting down and dirty, commingling sweat, with the greatest rock band on earth. Each huge riff and howled melody arrived caked in grime—another fundamental part of the fun came from deciphering the hairpin turns in the gloom.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Thursday, 29 August 2019

Sleater Kinney

Sleater-Kinney - The Center Won't Hold (Album Review)

Some records are defined by the circumstances surrounding their release—it’s an unavoidable byproduct of investing in a band. ‘The Center Won’t Hold’ is destined to be one of those records.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Ride

Ride - This Is Not A Safe Place (Album Review)

Photo: Kalpesh Lathigra With an abundance of new songs amassed during Ride’s extensive ‘Weather Diaries’ tour, there was never really any question of the Oxford quartet’s reappearance after 21 years being limited to just one comeback album. 

Written by: Graeme Marsh | Date: Friday, 23 August 2019

Shura

Shura - Forevher (Album Review)

Photo: Hollie Fernando Shura’s new album is very decent indeed: a washy reverie of auto-tuned dream-pop mixed down with neo-soul arrangements that alternately recall Nao and Yo La Tengo. It introduces us to a singer who has fallen head-over heels in love since her impressive 2016 debut, ‘Nothing’s Real’.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Thursday, 22 August 2019

Friendly Fires

Friendly Fires - Inflorescent (Album Review)

Photo: Dan Wilton There is nothing not to like about Friendly Fires. The trio are masters of huge, soaring choruses that display vocalist Ed Macfarlane’s range and fun grooves that sound like a holiday full of sun-soaked beaches, Hawaiian shirts and cocktail parties. So why is their latest album, ‘Inflorescent’, so forgettable?

Written by: Helen Payne | Date: Thursday, 22 August 2019

Slipknot

Slipknot - We Are Not Your Kind (Album Review)

Metal, like so many strains of alternative music, has the capability to eat itself when a band breaks through and becomes wildly popular. Surely, conventional wisdom holds, they cannot continue to push boundaries or smash skulls if they outsell the pop stars of the day? Well, Slipknot have been coming up with answers to that question for 20 years.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Oh Sees

Oh Sees - Face Stabber (Album Review)

To the uninitiated, John Dwyer’s gang of rock miscreants probably need a little bit of explaining. Formed in San Francisco in 1997 as Orinoka Crash Suite, the band have gone through half a dozen name and line-up changes. Now on their 22nd album, they have for the previous couple of records (‘Orc’ and ‘Smote Reverser’), operated with the dual drumming skills of Dan Rincon and Paul Quattrone, alongside keys, bass and the wild guitar stylings of Dwyer.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Rick Ross

Rick Ross - Port of Miami 2 (Album Review)

Rick Ross’s 10th album serves as a sequel to his debut, revisiting the title and themes of ‘Port of Miami’. Moving to relaxing tempos, exuding the kind of confidence a multi million dollar empire affords, here Ross reflects on the lavish luxuries he commands every day. 

Written by: Milly McMahon | Date: Tuesday, 20 August 2019

The Hold Steady

The Hold Steady - Thrashing Thru The Passion (Album Review)

Photo: Adam Parshall A lot has happened since the Hold Steady last blew into town with a new record tucked under their arms. Frontman Craig Finn has launched a successful solo career—releasing the excellent ‘I Need A New War’ earlier this year—while the band has recalibrated their creative and live habits to better suit their reality as rock veterans.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Monday, 19 August 2019

King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Infest The Rats' Nest (Album Review)

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard’s output is prolific. The Aussie experimentalists have released 15 albums since 2012, and while one can describe their basic sound as psychedelic rock, the reality is more complex. This is a band of rich imagination and elaborate generic diversity. 

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Friday, 16 August 2019

Bon Iver

Bon Iver - i,i (Album Review)

If Bon Iver’s 2007 debut ‘For Emma, Forever Ago’ was the soundtrack to closing yourself off in a small wood cabin in rural Wisconsin, then ‘i,i’ takes us into the countryside that surrounds it, an expanse of space with edges that lie far beyond the visible horizon. Be that as it may, is this record is as deep as it is wide?

Written by: Helen Payne | Date: Thursday, 15 August 2019

 
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