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Cold War Kids

Cold War Kids - New Age Norms 1 (Album Review)

With the economics of the music industry in a prolonged state of flux, bands have found new ways to get by. Cold War Kids, who burst onto the American indie scene with ‘Robbers and Cowards’ in 2006, have decided to release three short albums instead of one full LP. ‘New Age Norms 1’ is the first in that series and to longtime fans the results will be pleasing. 

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Kele Okereke

Kele - 2042 (Album Review)

Photo: Asia Werbel In another life, Kele Okereke might be one of Britain’s most interesting singer-songwriters. Alongside his work with the indie band Bloc Party, he has found time to write three very personal solo albums that cover hugely diverse genres through a distinctively candid and humorous voice, alongside a musical on marriage equality and immigration called ‘Leave to Remain’.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Tuesday, 19 November 2019

FKA Twigs

FKA Twigs - Magdalene (Album Review)

Since bursting onto the scene with her debut EP in 2012, FKA Twigs (the stage name of Gloucestershire-born Tahliah Barnett) has defied easy categorisation. Both sensual and intellectual, her music has blended R&B, trip-hop, electronica and countless other influences into a unique voice.

Written by: Ben Gladman | Date: Monday, 18 November 2019


Underworld - DRIFT Series 1 Sampler Edition (Album Review)

In November 2018 Underworld’s Rick Smith and Karl Hyde started an ambitious experiment called ‘DRIFT Series 1’  that would involve art being released throughout the following 52 weeks, billed as “one year inside the minds of Underworld”.

Written by: Graeme Marsh | Date: Friday, 15 November 2019

Gang Starr

Gang Starr - One of the Best Yet (Album Review)

Photo: Martyn Goodacre In the early ‘90s, Gang Starr were one of the best rap outfits in the game. Hailing from Boston and Houston respectively but very much part of the New York hip hop scene, MC Guru and DJ Premier lit up the airwaves with their brand of east coast jazz-rap.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Thursday, 14 November 2019

Kanye West

Kanye West - Jesus is King (Album Review)

Where are people at with Kanye West? The 42 year-old rapper, producer and professional provocateur appears to be in a bit of a mid-career trough. Could it be a case of God to the rescue?

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Hootie and the Blowfish

Hootie & The Blowfish - Imperfect Circle (Album Review)

According to Newton’s third law, for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. That partly explains how Hootie & The Blowfish’s debut album, 1994’s ‘Cracked Rear View’, sold over 20 million copies. At a time when raw, angst-ridden grunge was at its peak, the band touted an infectiously positive mainstream roots-rock sound that couldn’t have been more diametrically opposed to Kurt Cobain and co. if it declared ‘Seattle Sucks’ in every lyric.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Monday, 11 November 2019

Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert - Wildcard (Album Review)

Miranda Lambert's fiery energy and exuberant spirit perfectly encapsulate the best of modern country music. Her seventh studio album ‘Wildcard’ is a confessional, expertly written body of work.

Written by: Milly McMahon | Date: Thursday, 07 November 2019

Michael Kiwanuka

Michael Kiwanuka - Kiwanuka (Album Review)

Michael Kiwanuka has always struggled with an identity crisis, whether that stems from growing up in London as the son of Ugandan parents or creative impostor syndrome. His single Black Man in a White World, from 2016’s excellent ‘Love & Hate’ album, notably distilled some of his feelings of isolation. On his new LP ‘Kiwanuka’ the same theme is tapped into regularly. This time, though, the angle’s different.

Written by: Graeme Marsh | Date: Wednesday, 06 November 2019


Alphabeat - Don't Know What's Cool Anymore (Album Review)

People will always debate what is and isn’t cool, but such analysis practically renders any conclusions moot. If someone thinks they’re cool, they’re not. If they attempt to be cool, their intent betrays the concept. Genuine cool, if it exists, is surely an unconscious trait possessed by those who are true to themselves and unconcerned with what anyone else says, thinks or does. In which case, Alphabeat’s cracking comeback may be the coolest pop album you’ll hear all year.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Tuesday, 05 November 2019


Longwave - If We Ever Live Forever (Album Review)

Photo: Omar Kasrawi After 10 years of silence it wouldn’t be surprising if many people had forgotten the name Longwave. Perhaps residents of their native New York would think differently, but for the rest of us the indie-rockers feel like a distant memory.

Written by: Graeme Marsh | Date: Monday, 04 November 2019

Rex Orange County

Rex Orange County - Pony (Album Review)

Still only 21, pop prodigy Rex Orange County has released three albums in a little over three years. Having already created his share of challenging, atmospheric compositions, detailing every high and low he has experienced throughout his young life, Rex’s sound is deeply sincere.

Written by: Milly McMahon | Date: Friday, 01 November 2019

Neil Young

Neil Young - Colorado (Album Review)

For Neil Young’s 39th studio album, the folk-rock legend has teamed up with frequent collaborators Crazy Horse to deliver a record of churning rock dirge, accompanied by Young’s signature blend of political postulating and semi-spiritual songcraft.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Thursday, 31 October 2019

Cigarettes After Sex

Cigarettes After Sex - Cry (Album Review)

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. After the success of any record, there is an inevitable clamour from fans wanting more of the same. Others, however, are quick to complain that a band aren’t going anywhere if they stick to one formula.

Written by: Graeme Marsh | Date: Wednesday, 30 October 2019

White Reaper

White Reaper - You Deserve Love (Album Review)

Photo: Grace Lillash White Reaper’s third album is a collection of smashy indie-rock that should expand the Kentucky band’s audience. ‘You Deserve Love’ combines shouty pop songs about getting drunk and chirpsing girls with excitable, nimble musicality.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Liz Lawrence

Liz Lawrence - Pity Party (Album Review)

Liz Lawrence’s ‘Pity Party’ is an album of opposites. On one hand we have the anxious, discombobulated mid-20s of its lyric sheet, and on the other a pristine set of songs defined by certain, clean melodic lines.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Tuesday, 29 October 2019


Stereophonics - Kind (Album Review)

It seems almost inevitable that a band’s vocalist will at some stage attempt to launch a solo career. Stereophonics’ Kelly Jones went that way in 2007 with the release of ‘Only the Names Have Been Changed’ but, surprisingly, there’s been no hint of a follow up since.

Written by: Graeme Marsh | Date: Tuesday, 29 October 2019


Vagabon - Vagabon (Album Review)

Photo: Tonje Thilesen Vagabon’s second album is quite wonderful—a soft, sprawling lo-fi treatise on self discovery that melds elegant arrangements with a highly distinctive voice.​

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Monday, 28 October 2019

Alter Bridge

Alter Bridge - Walk The Sky (Album Review)

Hammered out in what may or may not come to be known as a wham-bam, thank you ma’am style of recording, Alter Bridge’s sixth album was crafted in a whirlwind five week period that had led to some of its greatest strengths and the odd nagging concern. Deliberately their most out-and-out batch of inspiring anthems, ‘Walk The Sky’ largely typifies why they’re still the reigning kings of emotionally intense, ferociously well executed arena rock.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Friday, 25 October 2019

Common Holly

Common Holly - When I Say To You Black Lightning (Album Review)

Photo: Alex Apostolidis Common Holly's music pours over the listener, beguiling and heady. Montreal singer-songwriter Brigitte Naggar's sophomore album ‘When I Say To You Black Lightning’ is a beautiful blend of deep emotions and varied instrumentals.

Written by: Milly McMahon | Date: Friday, 25 October 2019

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