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The Spook School

The Spook School - Could It Be Different? (Album Review)

There is strength in vulnerability on the Spook School’s third album, ‘Could It Be Different?’. And it’s more than just a rush of power chords that fills the listener with enthusiasm. Over fuzzy feedback and infectious guitar hooks, the band reveal their fears and hopes about politics, relationships and their own selves.

Written by: Jennifer Geddes | Date: Tuesday, 06 February 2018

Machine Head

Machine Head - Catharsis (Album Review)

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Those lines, spat out by Robb Flynn over 20 years ago, still ring truer than a shotgun blast.

Written by: Alec Chillingworth | Date: Monday, 05 February 2018

Joe Perry

Joe Perry - The Sweetzerland Manifesto (Album Review)

There are few things scarier than an Aerosmith song with Joe Perry on lead vocals, which makes the prospect of him fronting an entire album decidedly terrifying. But, let’s assuage those fears early. On ‘The Sweetzerland Manifesto’, as with most of the guitarist’s solo offerings, he’s roped in some guest singers to deliver exactly the kind of record you’d expect from such an old school gunslinger.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Monday, 05 February 2018

Migos

Migos - Culture II (Album Review)

On Migos’ 2017 album 'Culture', the trio delivered a mean, lean study in trap, with massive hits that announced the Atlanta trio as hip hop’s next big thing.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Friday, 02 February 2018

Starcrawler

Starcrawler - Starcrawler (Album Review)

Photo: Autumn de Wilde It’s difficult to create something new. Every week the musical landscape changes, with more new releases and riffs dropped into an already vast industry that is only getting bigger. The question remains: how can you be heard above the noise?

Written by: Laura Johnson | Date: Thursday, 01 February 2018

Nils Frahm

Nils Frahm - All Melody (Album Review)

When German minimalist composer Nils Frahm first emerged in the mid-2000s, he was often lumped in the same category as modern classical pianists Olafur Arnalds and Ludovico Einaudi. While such comparisons did him no disservice – both musicians are wildly gifted – Frahm’s penchant for drum machines and glitchy production betrayed his more left-field ambitions.

Written by: Jonathan Rimmer | Date: Thursday, 01 February 2018

Marmozets

Marmozets - Knowing What You Know Now (Album Review)

The north of England has given us a great many weird and wonderful things over the years. With the release of Marmozets’ second LP, ‘Knowing What You Know Now’, that list has grown a little bit longer.

Written by: Liam Turner | Date: Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Porches

Porches - The House (Album Review)

On ‘The House’, Aaron Maine explores the loneliness of the bedroom producer. Taking the synth-pop sound of his last album, ‘Pool’, and moving the dial a few degrees to a colder temperature, we find Porches in a much more isolated place as Maine reveals personal fragility.

Written by: Jennifer Geddes | Date: Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Django Django

Django Django - Marble Skies (Album Review)

Django Django are an odd band. Even within the amorphous boundaries of art-rock it’s still quite difficult to put a finger on what exactly they are. It’s even more difficult to imagine when precisely the right time is to listen to their music. In a field in the middle of summer, perhaps? Flatcaps donned, glowsticks grasped?

Written by: Liam Turner | Date: Monday, 29 January 2018

Tribulation

Tribulation - Down Below (Album Review)

Photo: Ester Segarra Netflix used to be rubbish. Remember? Then slowly, surely, surreptitiously, so sneakily, it became the irresistible, sexy, sleek bastard it is today. Tribulation are a bit like Netflix.

Written by: Alec Chillingworth | Date: Monday, 29 January 2018

Glen Hansard

Glen Hansard - Between Two Shores (Album Review)

It was never going to be easy for Glen Hansard to top 2015’s ‘Didn’t He Ramble’. The Irish troubadour’s second solo effort, following his time with angst-ridden rockers the Frames and haunting balladeers the Swell Season, saw the singer-songwriter at the peak of his creative powers. Although there’s been a drop in quality, and his trademark lyrical panache isn’t close to its evocative best, ‘Between Two Shores’ is still teeming with delightful moments.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Friday, 26 January 2018

The Xcerts

The Xcerts - Hold On To Your Heart (Album Review)

Behind the mainstream’s back, the Xcerts have been refining their craft with each release. On their fourth record, ‘Hold On To Your Heart’, they repeatedly showcase their speciality: anthems that make you want to punch the air like John Bender at the end of The Breakfast Club.

Written by: Jennifer Geddes | Date: Friday, 26 January 2018

tUnE yArDs

Tune-Yards - I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life (Album Review)

On Tune-Yards’ fourth studio album, 'I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life', Merrill Garbus has awoken to her own white privilege.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Friday, 26 January 2018

The Shins

The Shins - The Worm's Heart (Album Review)

It’s now nearly a decade since James Mercer cut ties with his bandmates in the Shins and took all creative matters into his own hands. While subsequent records may have left listeners in no doubt as to whether he was the project’s true auteur, they’re also evidence of a misshapen band.

Written by: Jonathan Rimmer | Date: Thursday, 25 January 2018

Fall Out Boy

Fall Out Boy - Mania (Album Review)

Fall Out Boy have been hanging on to their pop-punk label by their fingernails since they emerged from hiatus in 2013. ‘Mania’ now sees the quartet loosen their grasp entirely, and fall hard because of it.

Written by: Liam Turner | Date: Thursday, 25 January 2018

Shopping

Shopping - The Official Body (Album Review)

Photo: CJ Monk The revolution may not be televised, but it'll be heavily soundtracked by bands like Shopping, who have managed to make defiance a dance-worthy pursuit with their third album, ‘The Official Body’.

Written by: Laura Johnson | Date: Wednesday, 24 January 2018

First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit - Ruins (Album Review)

Photo: Lauren Dukoff How much do you value authenticity in pop musicians? Does it matter that cockney anarchist wide boy Joe Strummer was a public school diplomat’s son? That one of the world’s most popular reggae bands, UB40, earned their stripes in the Working Men’s clubs of Birmingham? Or that First Aid Kit’s particular brand of Americana was honed in a Stockholm suburb?

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Anderson East

Anderson East - Encore (Album Review)

Every now and then you come across an artist you’re convinced is going to be a superstar. That, ladies and gents, is definitely the case with singer-songwriter Anderson East. Armed with a sassy smorgasbord of swinging R&B, roof-raising gospel and smouldering soul, the man from Alabama has dragged the vintage strains of Otis Redding, Joe Cocker, Sam Cooke and Ben E. King into the present.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Thursday, 18 January 2018

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Wrong Creatures (Album Review)

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s eighth album sees a return to their dark, moody core while occasionally pushing out into dreamy shoegaze.

Written by: Graeme Marsh | Date: Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Joe Satriani

Joe Satriani - What Happens Next (Album Review)

After spending most of this century exploring brain-bending sonic wormholes with an unstoppable momentum, instrumental guitar maestro Joe Satriani – aka Shockwave Supernova – has come back to earth on a record that sees him returning to his rock and soul roots. Loosely embracing the power trio format, and ably backed by a famous rhythm section, this is Satch’s most comparatively straightforward and accessible effort in decades.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Monday, 15 January 2018

 
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