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Eddie Vedder

Eddie Vedder - Earthling (Album Review)

Photo: Danny Clinch If you only know Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam’s angst-ridden early ‘90s output, you might expect to hear a middle aged man brooding over his very existence on this solo album. In which case, leave those thoughts at the door and prepare yourself for a sprawling collection of plush, life-affirming anthems that reflect Vedder’s belief in the power of human connection.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Monday, 28 February 2022

Metronomy

Metronomy - Small World (Album Review)

Photo: Alex Lambert Metronomy are indie survivors. Their first album was released in 2006 and the road to their latest, ‘Small World’, has found them dodging trends and fluttering tastes on their way to taking their most intrinsic step so far.

Written by: Matty Pywell | Date: Thursday, 24 February 2022

Beach House

Beach House - Once Twice Melody (Album Review)

Baltimore duo Beach House claim to have taken their art to a new level with the release of eighth LP ‘Once Twice Melody’. Technically it’s not a new collection, though, having been released in four separate chapters since November 2021, with the inclusion of the final segment here completing the whole.

Written by: Graeme Marsh | Date: Wednesday, 23 February 2022

Slash

Slash feat. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators - 4 (Album Review)

Photo: Austin Nelson  When it comes to making his Les Paul sing like a celestial being, Slash is a guitar god. But, as this frustrating effort with Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators shows, that doesn’t necessarily mean his musical powers are omnipotent.

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

Spoon

Spoon - Lucifer on the Sofa (Album Review)

Photo: Oliver Halfin Spoon’s 10th album ‘Lucifer on the Sofa’ was meant to be released a while back. But, as you may have heard, there’s been a pandemic on. Still, perhaps the delay was a good thing in this instance. Tracks originally destined for the collection were jettisoned as writing continued, and newly penned numbers came along in their place.

Written by: Graeme Marsh | Date: Monday, 21 February 2022

Big Thief

Big Thief - Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You (Album Review)

Photo: Josh Goleman Flourishing in all their eclectic flair, Big Thief prove themselves to be genre-less and free spirited on their fifth studio album ‘Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You’. 

Written by: Rebecca Llewellyn | Date: Friday, 18 February 2022

Cult Of Luna

Cult of Luna - The Long Road North (Album Review)

“Cinematic” is a word so tethered to Cult of Luna’s hip that using it to describe them is cliche by now. It’s plain to see why you would, though. Their extended post-metal suites are built on rising drama and crescendos, mirroring the structure of classical overtures, while the roars of frontman Johannes Persson are as earth-scorching as any Roland Emmerich apocalypse. Albums such as ‘Salvation’ and ‘A Dawn to Fear’ are essentially feature length.

Written by: Matt Mills | Date: Thursday, 17 February 2022

Wild Rivers

Wild Rivers - Sidelines (Album Review)

Photo: Samuel Kojo Sooner or later the penny drops for all of us. It’s the moment we realise safe, comfortable and easily understood childhood notions of right and wrong, black or white, are pure fiction. This is a messy, random and very grey world where absolutes don’t exist and complexities abound. When the truth dawns that we’re responsible for navigating our way through such a tangled web, fear can destroy us. If we let it.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Wednesday, 16 February 2022

Alt J

Alt-J - The Dream (Album Review)

Photo: George Muncey It is a truth universally acknowledged that a pop band’s debut album will often end up being remembered as their best. The reasons are numerous: a group can spend the preceding years honing a catalogue before being pulled into a potentially destructive 12-18 month commercial album cycle, individuals may struggle with the demands of fame and success, or, of course, the creative hunger of one’s youth can disappear. Perhaps it’s a little of all three.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Tuesday, 15 February 2022

Bastille

Bastille - Give Me the Future (Album Review)

For Bastille’s fourth album, the London quartet have evolved the apocalyptic rave music they cultivated on 2019’s ‘Doom Days’ into something more optimistic and confident, and while ‘Give Me the Future’ deals with familiar themes (the post-truth world or AI or Dan Smith’s wistful yearnings) it might legitimately be called a concept record in its own right.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Friday, 11 February 2022

Mitski

Mitski - Laurel Hell (Album Review)

Photo: Ebru Yildiz Arriving at her sixth studio album, ‘Laurel Hell’, Mitski manifests a brooding melancholy that meanders through intoxicating, pulsing electronic sounds. Expanding both her creative and personal boundaries, we witness the songwriter at a potential crossroads in her career, delivering her most experimental and pop-infused work to date.

Written by: Rebecca Llewellyn | Date: Thursday, 10 February 2022

Cate Le Bon

Cate Le Bon - Pompeii (Album Review)

Cate Le Bon’s wonderful sixth album ‘Pompeii’ provides ample evidence that the Welsh psych-folk musician’s imagination and ambition are not determined solely by the vibrancy of her surroundings.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Wednesday, 09 February 2022

Korn

Korn - Requiem (Album Review)

Photo: Tim Saccenti Korn changed the face of metal forever when they launched their self-titled debut way back in 1994, fusing vulnerability, aggression and downtuned riffage into something raw and exciting. Since then they’ve endured lineup changes, stylistic shifts that have divided their fanbase and, of late, something of a career renaissance.

Written by: Will Marshall | Date: Tuesday, 08 February 2022

MO

MØ - Motordrome (Album Review)

Photo: Fryd Frydendahl MØ’s ‘Motordrome’ is a tight 10-track exploration of burnout, nostalgia and renewal. And while its 1980s-flavoured grooves often hit their marks, the record doesn’t quite land the knockout blow one might have hoped for from the Danish superstar.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Monday, 07 February 2022

Venom Prison

Venom Prison - Erebos (Album Review)

Photo: Andy Ford In Ancient Greek mythology, Erebos is one of the five primordial spirits, a personification of darkness born of Chaos itself. A more apt metaphor for Venom Prison’s terrifying death metal you will not find.

Written by: Matt Mills | Date: Friday, 04 February 2022

John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp - Strictly a One-Eyed Jack (Album Review)

Photo: Marc Hauser John Mellencamp’s latest isn’t an album for people who tell themselves life is all sunshine and rainbows. It’s not for those who bury their heads in the sand, desperately trying to ignore how cruel this world can be. And it's definitely not for anyone who refuses to acknowledge their inner demons. ‘Strictly a One-Eyed Jack’ is a dark-hearted masterpiece for fallible, broken individuals mourning their youth, cursing societal dishonesty, and turning over self-inflicted regrets.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Thursday, 03 February 2022

Brent Cobb

Brent Cobb - And Now, Let's Turn To Page… (Album Review)

Photo: Alysse Gafkjen Most people have been forced to contemplate their own mortality in light of recent events. That’s certainly true of Brent Cobb, but perhaps not for the reason you might think. After surviving a near fatal car crash in 2020 alongside his young son, the country singer channelled his experience into creating ‘And Now Let’s Turn To Page…’, the life-affirming, philosophical southern gospel album he’d always wanted to make.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Tuesday, 01 February 2022

Eels

Eels - Extreme Witchcraft (Album Review)

Photo: Gus Black ‘Extreme Witchcraft’ is the 14th album from Mark Oliver ‘E’ Everett’s Eels, and the second he has created over lockdown, here in collaboration with producer John Parish. It finds the 58-year old in typically sardonic temper, offering 12 tracks of fuzz guitar, ‘90s processed drums and slacker vocals. It is unmistakably Eels in ways both good and bad.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Friday, 28 January 2022

Twin Atlantic

Twin Atlantic - Transparency (Album Review)

Photo: Cameron Brisbane Forgetting for a second that Twin Atlantic’s sixth record feels like a Sam McTrusty solo album, one that continues the stylistic drift away from the band’s early guitar-driven sound, ‘Transparency’ is often a very listenable and playfully eccentric affair featuring plenty of curveballs. But although such evolution is praiseworthy, both the group’s long-standing lack of identity, and propensity for inconsistency, remain a problem.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Thursday, 27 January 2022

Aurora

Aurora - The Gods We Can Touch (Album Review)

Aurora’s third studio album is a hugely diverse 15-track Scandi epic that travels through a wintry multiverse, flanked by synthesisers, drum patches and alphorns. And while the songwriting and production do not always hit their marks, ‘The Gods We Can Touch’ demonstrates a degree of imagination and generic dexterity that is often lacking in mainstream pop.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Wednesday, 26 January 2022

 
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