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Paloma Faith

Paloma Faith - Infinite Things (Album Review)

If 2017’s ‘The Architect’ found Paloma Faith increasingly stepping away from her retro stylistic leanings in favour of a more modern aesthetic, ‘Infinite Things’ is a leap into contemporary pop territory. Packed with glossy, radio-ready hits in the making, and driven by a mature and heartfelt lyrical approach, her fifth effort is almost like a more adult version of Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’. But, unlike Nashville’s former sweetheart, Faith can’t quite put her own distinctive stamp on such well crafted material.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Friday, 13 November 2020


Kylie - Disco (Album Review)

In the 1990s, the hit Australian soap Neighbours created numerous pop star household names. Who can forget Jason Donovan, Natalie Imbruliga…or Bruce Samazan?

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Thursday, 12 November 2020

Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande - Positions (Album Review)

Photo: Dave Meyers Even by modern pop standards, Ariana Grande is truly prolific. Her sixth studio album, 'Positions', is her third in as many years. Cutting off any accusations of quantity over quality at the pass, it’s also her most stylistically accomplished to date.

Written by: Milly McMahon | Date: Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Little Mix

Little Mix - Confetti (Album Review)

Triumphantly emerging from a rocky split with their former label Syco and X Factor overlord Simon Cowell, which went down a matter of days before the release of 2018’s scattershot ‘LM5’, Little Mix’s sixth LP is a hard-won victory lap. Across 13 sleek tracks they show ‘Confetti’ to be something worth celebrating: a solid, playful dance-pop album that excavates what it means for the quartet to finally be in control.

Written by: Sophie Williams | Date: Tuesday, 10 November 2020

Bring Me The Horizon

Bring Me The Horizon - POST HUMAN: SURVIVAL HORROR (Album Review)

Bring Me The Horizon’s latest offering is the first in a series of ‘POST HUMAN’ EPs, offering a versatile ammo dump of pop-metal that brims with horror rage and technical excellence. 'SURVIVAL HORROR' is the follow up to last year’s ‘amo’ and shows the band to be in rude creative health.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Monday, 09 November 2020

Sam Smith

Sam Smith - Love Goes (Album Review)

Sam Smith has long relied on a talent for writing gut-wrenching pop ballads. Evolving and maturing as a person through their music, Smith has explored the recesses of the self with profound fragility since the release of their first album six years ago.

Written by: Milly McMahon | Date: Friday, 06 November 2020

Dizzee Rascal

Dizzee Rascal - E3 AF (Album Review)

On ‘E3 AF’, Dizzee Rascal is not on the outside looking in, but on the inside looking out. With a title that references his borough and his family’s heritage in Ghana and Nigeria, the record stands as a London-recorded trip around the genre he helped to establish. 

Written by: Alex Myles | Date: Thursday, 05 November 2020


Eels - Earth to Dora (Album Review)

Photo: Gus Black On first listen you could be forgiven for believing that Eels’ 13th studio album,  ‘Earth to Dora’, solely portrays a decaying relationship. But that’s just a quirk of sequencing, designed to pull personal experience, second hand stories and fiction under the spell of Mark Oliver Everett.

Written by: Rebecca Llewellyn | Date: Wednesday, 04 November 2020

Ashton Irwin

Ashton Irwin - Superbloom (Album Review)

Photo: KayKay Ashton Irwin’s solo music is to alt-rock what early 5 Seconds of Summer was to pop-punk—an obvious, second-rate, totally loveable pastiche of a genre, with a load of songs that walk the line between homage and parody. But don’t we all love a trier?

Written by: Sophie Williams | Date: Tuesday, 03 November 2020

Elvis Costello

Elvis Costello - Hey Clockface (Album Review)

Photo: Lens O'Toole Elvis Costello’s 31st studio album shows a British icon in fine fettle. It is a punchy, if uneven, trip through his stylistic catalogue, and at 66 he retains a great deal of mischievous chutzpah and artistic confidence. That said, the record will likely be a total head scratcher for Costello newcomers.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Monday, 02 November 2020


Loma - Don't Shy Away (Album Review)

Photo: Bryan C. Parker The road to Loma’s second album hasn’t been smooth. An extensive, laborious tour cycle finally took its toll in the summer of 2018 when the indie trio contemplated calling it quits, with vocalist Emily Cross looking towards a solo career, and her bandmates—multi-instrumentalist Dan Duszynski and Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg—harbouring doubts about an uncertain future.

Written by: Sophie Williams | Date: Thursday, 29 October 2020

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen - Letter To You (Album Review)

Photo: Danny Clinch “One minute you’re here, next minute you’re gone.” With contemplation to the fore as the ticking of father time’s clock grows ever louder, the opening lines of Bruce Springsteen’s barnstorming reunion with the E-Street Band usher forth a collection of life-affirming songs that, by celebrating the ups and downs of an artistic life less ordinary, help their creator rise above the circling cloud of mortality.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Matt Berninger

Matt Berninger - Serpentine Prison (Album Review)

Photo: Chantal Anderson Matt Berninger has one of those voices that you could climb inside. Its default setting is a cracked Leonard Cohen rumble, with rich emotions alternately cloaked and revealed by melodic feints and turns of phrase that flatten it to a near whisper. 

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Tuesday, 27 October 2020


Faithless - All Blessed (Album Review)

‘All Blessed’ is the first Faithless album since their (theoretical) farewell record, ‘The Dance', in 2010, and also their first not to feature former frontman Maxi Jazz, whose bassy lyricism helped define their sound on all their biggest hits.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Monday, 26 October 2020

Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa - Royal Tea (Album Review)

Photo: Marty Moffat Over the course of his seemingly unstoppable career, Joe Bonamassa has acquired many labels: Smokin’ Joe, guitar prodigy, blues champion. After hearing his latest opus ‘Royal Tea’, recorded at Abbey Road studios with the intention of honouring Britain’s formative blues-rock superstars, we’ll go one further and say that Bonamassa is now the Batman of the blues. Or Bruce Wayne of the blues. Bear with us on this one.​

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Friday, 23 October 2020


Beabadoobee - Fake it Flowers (Album Review)

Photo: Callum Harrison At times, it can feel like an artist’s influences are goading them. There are few things more honest than admitting what songs get you off by stitching elements of them to your own music, but that honesty wears the hefty price tag of being branded empty and derivative. Some artists know that, which is why they pretend they’ve never heard Nirvana. Then there’s Beabadoobee, who trades in a hyper-aware sort of idol worship.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Thursday, 22 October 2020

Andy Bell

Andy Bell - The View From Halfway Down (Album Review)

It’s taken Andy Bell 50 years of living to get around to releasing his debut solo album, with Ride’s recent resurgence delaying his bow further. A lot of terrible things have happened as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, but Bell finding the time during lockdown to finally complete some unfinished songs was not one of them.

Written by: Graeme Marsh | Date: Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Corey Taylor

Corey Taylor - CMFT (Album Review)

Solo albums from singers in successful bands often deliver musical departures that leave fans yearning for their quick return to the mothership. Die-hard Slipknot devotees probably won’t go crazy for frontman Corey Taylor’s debut, but that’s their loss. More likely to appeal to his Stone Sour followers, ‘CMFT’ is a celebratory collision of classic rock, blues, rap, country and more, with big riffs and bigger hooks powering plenty of fun-filled tracks.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Monday, 19 October 2020

Melanie C

Melanie C - Melanie C (Album Review)

Melanie C isn’t afraid anymore. A maximalist flirtation between muscular EDM synths and buoyant, gleaming posi-pop, the Spice Girl’s eighth solo album is frank and affecting in its exploration of self-acceptance. Above all else, it finds true catharsis on the dancefloor.

Written by: Sophie Williams | Date: Friday, 16 October 2020

Laura Jane Grace

Laura Jane Grace - Stay Alive (Album Review)

Photo: Alexa Viscius It’s tempting to see an album like Laura Jane Grace’s ‘Stay Alive’ as back-to-basics—it’s a collection of largely acoustic first or second takes recorded on analogue equipment. But there’s no ‘basic’ right now. Everything is difficult, inconvenient or frightening. In that light an apparently simple record becomes forthright and frequently remarkable.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Thursday, 15 October 2020

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