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Aldous Harding

Aldous Harding - Warm Chris (Album Review)

Aldous Harding’s music appears to be constantly unfolding, its eccentricities shifting and surprising in the most delicately unpredictable manner. Her brand of alt-folk/chamber pop initially appears gentle and poised, but just beneath the surface lie intricate workings and alarming contortions.

Written by: Tom Morgan | Date: Monday, 28 March 2022

Rosalia

Rosalía - Motomami (Album Review)

Photo: Daniel Sannwald On Rosalía’s third album, the Catalan star has delivered a spectacular 16 track explosion of wit, innovation and rugged beauty that uses collaborations from several grandees sparingly and wisely.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Friday, 25 March 2022

Midlake

Midlake - For the Sake of Bethel Woods (Album Review)

Photo: Barbara FG Nine years after the release of their fourth (and many thought, final) album, Texan indie-proggers Midlake have returned with an album of deft, intricate songs that land between the dreamy satire of Grizzly Bear and the low slung mysticism of Grandaddy.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Thursday, 24 March 2022

Charli XCX

Charli XCX - Crash (Album Review)

Charli XCX had already turned the game on its head with her bold, hyperpop-influenced ‘Pop 2’ and ‘Charli’, but ‘Crash’ is a bold leap forwards, embracing both new and old on a riveting, innovative work that upends the pop sphere all over again. 

Written by: Will Marshall | Date: Thursday, 24 March 2022

The Shires

The Shires - 10 Year Plan (Album Review)

It doesn’t count as sticking your neck out to say that if you loved The Shires’ first four albums there’s absolutely no reason you won’t fall Stetson over spurs for ‘10 Year Plan.’  On a bright and cheery effort, the hugely likeable duo once again execute their intentions with characteristic, down-to-earth charisma and even push the envelope a little further to boot. The only question is, will they need to give it a bigger nudge in future?

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Wednesday, 23 March 2022

Rex Orange County

Rex Orange County - Who Cares? (Album Review)

Photo: Alexandra Waespi On Rex Orange County’s fourth album, the Surrey softboi troubadour has served up 11 tracks of pleasant DIY chamber pop, somewhere between the 1970s tween chanson of Leo Sayer and the mid-Atlantic chutzpah of Ed Sheeran. It’s likeable, occasionally impressive music that will certainly land with his youthful audience, but it lacks depth, a sense of risk taking, and vocal derring do. 

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Wednesday, 23 March 2022

Bryan Adams

Bryan Adams - So Happy It Hurts (Album Review)

Bryan Adams has nothing left to prove and little still to achieve, which might explain why the Canadian’s last few albums, some fine moments aside, have been as bland as a cardboard omelette. ‘So Happy It Hurts’ isn’t perfect, but its ebullient rock-based songs represent a sizeable improvement on recent offerings. 

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Tuesday, 22 March 2022

Hurray for the Riff Raff

Hurray for the Riff Raff - Life on Earth (Album Review)

Photo: Akasha Rabut Hurray for the Riff Raff’s Alynda Segarra has never fallen short when challenging life. Across six studio albums they have not been shy in speaking about things that weigh heavy on their shoulders, while intertwining them with ‘80s electro, punk, rock, and Americana. Regardless of what undertones are carrying their voice, Segarra has managed to bring ferocity and elegance together.

Written by: Jessica Howkins | Date: Tuesday, 22 March 2022

Ghost

Ghost - Impera (Album Review)

Some of life’s greatest things were the result of accidents. Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin by accident. Coca-Cola was invented by accident. And, for their fifth album, Ghost have accidentally written a rock opera. 

Written by: Emma Wilkes | Date: Monday, 21 March 2022

Stereophonics

Stereophonics - Oochya! (Album Review)

There is something vaguely ridiculous about Stereophonics. Even in their swaggering turn-of-the-century heyday they felt a little vintage—rolling back the years with sludgy guitar, casual rock arrangements and formulaic balladry.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Friday, 18 March 2022

The Weather Station

The Weather Station - How Is It That I Should Look At The Stars (Album Review)

Photo: Danielle Rubi The Weather Station, the project of Toronto artist Tamara Lindeman, released a critically acclaimed record with 2021’s ‘Ignorance’, adding rock elements and unwavering momentum to a tapestry of intricate instrumentation and death-defying vocal grace. 

Written by: Matty Pywell | Date: Wednesday, 16 March 2022

Black Country New Road

Black Country, New Road - Ants From Up There (Album Review)

Photo: Rosie Fletcher The whiplash changes and complex time signatures of jazz can be disorienting and confusing when sewn into rock structures. But London septet Black Country, New Road have always been different. Their 2021 debut ‘For The First Time’ was a dizzying feast, and on ‘Ants From Up There’, we see the band step back and refine their sound.

Written by: Jessica Howkins | Date: Tuesday, 15 March 2022

Tears For Fears

Tears For Fears - The Tipping Point (Album Review)

Photo: Frank Ockenfels Almost 18 years after the release of the erroneously titled ‘Everybody Loves A Happy Ending’, Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal have returned with a mightily impressive album that, by sounding like classic Tears For Fears without a hint of anachronism, has swerved the potential pitfalls that can befall artists who don’t stay true to themselves.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Friday, 11 March 2022

Vein FM

Vein.fm - This World Is Going To Ruin You (Album Review)

There’s not much to cheer about in the world right now. Our social and political fabric is being pulled apart at the seams. Vein.fm’s ‘This World Is Going To Ruin You’ serves as a potent reaction to the encircling crises—it is a foaming-at-the-mouth rampage, lashing out at all in its path.

Written by: Tom Morgan | Date: Thursday, 10 March 2022

Avril Lavigne

Avril Lavigne - Love Sux (Album Review)

Photo: Ryan McFadden This was always going to happen. Pop-punk is basking in a nostalgia-fuelled resurgence, with fans past and present running back to worship at the altars of Mark Hoppus, Hayley Williams, and of course, Avril Lavigne. 

Written by: Emma Wilkes | Date: Tuesday, 08 March 2022

Band of Horses

Band of Horses - Things Are Great (Album Review)

Photo: Stevie and Sarah Gee Lockdown has bred a misconception that being isolated for so long would lead to artists releasing a plethora of new, outstanding music. While that has sometimes been the case, we also need to remember that songwriters were just like the rest of us during these difficult times, finding that being cut off from the world stifled rather than fuelled their creative process.

Written by: Graeme Marsh | Date: Monday, 07 March 2022

Alice Glass

Alice Glass - PREY//IV (Album Review)

Photo: Kristen Jan Wong and Lucas David Some albums are easy listens, with melodies that wash over you and lyrics that play it safe. ‘PREY//IV’ offers none of those things, in the best possible way. Here Alice Glass delivers disarming industrial backdrops that eviscerate one moment and segue into unexpected territory the next.

Written by: Laura Johnson | Date: Friday, 04 March 2022

White Lies

White Lies - As I Try Not To Fall Apart (Album Review)

Photo: Charles Cave Long-term collaborator Ed Buller appears once again to help shape White Lies’ sixth studio album ‘As I Try Not To Fall Apart’, but this time the additional resource of renowned mixer Claudius Mittendorfer (Interpol, Johnny Marr) also provides a weighty contribution. 

Written by: Graeme Marsh | Date: Thursday, 03 March 2022

Sasami

Sasami - Squeeze (Album Review)

The new album from Sasami may be a surprise for those who fell for her 2019 self-titled debut, an album that flitted between different indie-rock stylings while she pored over personal, dark moments.

Written by: Matty Pywell | Date: Wednesday, 02 March 2022

Zeal and Ardor

Zeal & Ardor - Zeal & Ardor (Album Review)

Few bands represent the eclectic and experimental side of metal better than Zeal & Ardor. The brainchild of Swiss-American musician Manuel Gagneux, across their first two albums they combined gospel, soul, jazz, electronica and black metal with scintillating results. 

Written by: Will Marshall | Date: Tuesday, 01 March 2022

 
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