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Muse

Muse - Will of the People (Album Review)

‘Will of the People’ is Muse’s ninth studio album and represents a furious, quizzical artistic agenda that recalls some of their most streamed and commercially successful work. To listen to it is to immerse yourself in a cross-section of their sound where hard rock riffs underscore classical synths, glam rock stomps and histrionic hyperbole. If you’re wedded to their original turn-of-the-century music, it’s probably not for you, but for any other iteration of Muse fan, this should be a crowd pleaser.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Tuesday, 30 August 2022

Aitch

Aitch - Close to Home (Album Review)

Photo: Imran Ciesay Manchester rapper and current Lynx deodorant brand ambassador Aitch first burst on the scene during 2018-19, when his ‘On Your Marks’ EP gathered giant airplay and plaudits from UK hip hop glitterati. ‘Close to Home’ is the 22-year-old’s first full album.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Friday, 26 August 2022

The Mountain Goats

The Mountain Goats - Bleed Out (Album Review)

Photo: Spence Kelly John Darnielle always has an angle. Now with three novels to his name, the Mountain Goats’ leader has proven himself every bit as capable as a writer of fiction as he is of songs—he has always had an eye for a good story.

Written by: Craig Howieson | Date: Friday, 26 August 2022

Hot Chip

Hot Chip - Freakout/Release (Album Review)

Photo: Pooneh Ghana The last time we heard from Hot Chip they’d donned tie dye and embarked upon psychedelic experimentation with ‘A Bath Full of Ecstasy’. An album filled with cathartic joy and dreamlike melodies, it was testament to the dance group’s ability to easily find new ground.

Written by: Matty Pywell | Date: Thursday, 25 August 2022

The Chats

The Chats - Get Fucked (Album Review)

Photo: Luke Henery The second album from Aussie punks The Chats brings to mind speeding down a dirt track in a wagon with rickety wheels that could fall off at any moment. It’s a frenetic experience that barrels along at breakneck speed, and there’s absolutely nothing smooth about it in sound or sentiment.

Written by: Emma Wilkes | Date: Thursday, 25 August 2022

Spielbergs

Spielbergs - Vestli (Album Review)

Photo: Johan Malvik Spielbergs’ cataclysmic debut ‘This Is Not The End’ was crammed to the rafters with nostalgic teenage angst delivered by men comfortably in their 30s. It was a record that celebrated the youthful pursuit of something better, something bigger, whatever that might be. 

Written by: Craig Howieson | Date: Wednesday, 24 August 2022

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato - Holy Fvck (Album Review)

Photo: Brandon Bowen “I know the girl that you adored, she's dead,” Demi Lovato sings on Eat Me. “It's time to fucking mourn.” The fourth track on her new album ‘Holy Fvck’ is a clear statement of intent from the former X Factor USA judge, who made it clear in the run-up to its release that it’s a return to her “rock roots.”

Written by: Laura Johnson | Date: Wednesday, 24 August 2022

Oh Sees

Osees - A Foul Form (Album Review)

Osees’ 26th (yes, 26th) studio album finds the American psych-scuzz rockers in pretty bad shape. Core member and guitar-druid-in-chief John Dwyer is angrier than ever, and a feeling of doom pervades the record’s 10 tracks. It is a typically beguiling, innovative and exhilarating ride, but not necessarily one that breaks new ground for the Los Angeles-based band.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Tuesday, 23 August 2022

Kiwi Jr

Kiwi Jr. - Chopper (Album Review)

Photo: Laura-Lynn Petrick Kiwi Jr.’s third album ‘Chopper’ offers a change of pace from the Canadian indie-pop band. In contrast to their 2020 debut ‘Football Money’, there’s less reliance on Byrdsian jangly guitars and slacker-rock poses. The overriding feeling is, appropriately for this time of year, a summery vibe.

Written by: Graeme Marsh | Date: Monday, 22 August 2022

Cass McCombs

Cass McCombs - Heartmind (Album Review)

With his latest release ‘Heartmind’, Cass McCombs is now 10 albums into a career that started in the late ‘90s. Quietly weathering the storms faced by any career musician, he has amassed a passionate fan base and rewarded them time and time again with work that cements his status as one of America's finest and most consistent songwriters.

Written by: Craig Howieson | Date: Friday, 19 August 2022

Black Thought

Danger Mouse and Black Thought - Cheat Codes (Album Review)

Photo: Shervin Lainez In hip hop, there’s a tendency for critics to value dense musical experimentation and lofty themes above all else. The most well-received rap albums of this year, such as those released by Kendrick Lamar and Billy Woods, are challenging, eclectic works, defined by grand ambitions and demanding ideas.

Written by: Tom Morgan | Date: Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Goo Goo Dolls

Goo Goo Dolls - Chaos In Bloom (Album Review)

Photo: Claire Marie Vogel John Rzeznik recently told Spin: “I don’t care about genres of music, I care about hooks.” From their formative punk days and mid-90s guitar driven rock to turn of the century mainstream anthemics and a recent brush with contemporary pop, when the Goo Goo Dolls imperious refrains strike the target, as they do with unswerving accuracy here, it’s hard to get bent out of shape about their stylistic evolution.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Pale Waves

Pale Waves - Unwanted (Album Review)

Photo: Pip Manchester quartet Pale Waves’ third studio album ‘Unwanted’ is, on the surface, fuelled by the emo energy that vocalist Heather Baron-Gracie has become synonymous with. Heavily influenced by Avril Lavigne, The Cranberries and The 1975, the group have a handle on goth-pop theatrics, ‘90s grunge and pop-punk prowess, yet there is a deeper layer here. Beyond mirroring past hits, their emotive journey and connection to their fans is now truly exciting.

Written by: Rebecca Llewellyn | Date: Monday, 15 August 2022

Kasabian

Kasabian - The Alchemist's Euphoria (Album Review)

Photo: Neil Bedford What do you do when your lead singer leaves the band? Carry on with a new recruit? Dissolve altogether? Or carry on with a current band member stepping up to the mic in the mould of Genesis or, in a way, Joy Division and New Order.

Written by: Graeme Marsh | Date: Friday, 12 August 2022

Lauv

Lauv - All 4 Nothing (Album Review)

‘All 4 Nothing’ is the second album from singer-songwriter (and viral megastar) Lauv, and it delivers 13 cool, middle-of-the-road pop tracks that show off the Californian’s accessible tween-pop chops. It is a record that delivers a consistent, soft and professional sound that is almost completely devoid of any risk-taking—Lou Reed’s ‘Metal Machine Music’ it ain’t.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris - Funk Wav. Bounces Vol.2 (Album Review)

In the 2000s, a genre of compilation albums emerged featuring laid back dance music with titles like ‘Ibiza Lounge’ and ‘Chillout Summer Mix’. To listen to these records was to be transported to a Mediterranean cocktail bar with eye-wateringly expensive drinks and the worst people you are ever likely to meet. Calvin Harris’s ‘Funk Wav. Bounces Vol.2’ is the VIP version of that.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Monday, 08 August 2022

Beyonce

Beyoncé - Renaissance (Album Review)

Photo: Mason Poole There’s pressure, and then there’s the pressure to be Beyoncé. Her recent output—from 2016’s ‘Lemonade’ through to her game-changing Beychella set, collaborative album with Jay-Z, and multi-hyphenate work on The Lion King and Black is King—has all carried this weight, lucidly discussing social justice and the Black experience while setting fresh benchmarks for ambition and cross-format, capital I Importance. ‘Renaissance’ feels different—it’s capital F Fun.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Friday, 05 August 2022

Whiskey Myers

Whiskey Myers - Tornillo (Album Review)

Dripping with Muscle Shoals horns and propelled by a variety of impossible-to-resist grooves, Whiskey Myers have spiced up their style-stretching gumbo even further on ‘Tornillo’, a jubilant record that leaves their southern rock peers eating dust.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Thursday, 04 August 2022

Maggie Rogers

Maggie Rogers - Surrender (Album Review)

Photo: S. Holden Jaffe Maggie Rogers’ second album sees the recent Harvard Divinity School masters graduate expand upon the success of 2019’s ‘Heard it in a Past Life’. It delivers 12 powerful pop tracks that will easily fill the arena-sized venues in which she now plays.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Tuesday, 02 August 2022

The Kooks

The Kooks - 10 Tracks To Echo In The Dark (Album Review)

The Kooks found themselves entrenched in the creative hotbed of Berlin during the early part of recording for album six ’10 Tracks To Echo In The Dark’, but when the pandemic struck they were forced to retreat to the UK until further notice. Time dragged on and Luke Pritchard continued his work via Zoom, like so many others.

Written by: Graeme Marsh | Date: Monday, 01 August 2022

 
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