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Drenge

Drenge - Autonomy (Album Review)

It seems like an age ago that Drenge were unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight by Labour MP Tom Watson, who urged people to go see the band in his resignation letter. They were starting to pick up steam anyway, with several years on the road and their debut album on the way, but it was an unexpected twist in their tale.

Written by: Liam Turner | Date: Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Logic

Logic - YSIV (Album Review)

It takes some skill to kill an album's momentum on the very first track, but Logic somehow manages it on 'YSIV'. Thank You, which kicks off the fourth instalment of his 'Young Sinatra' series, initially showcases all that's good about the Logic sound, and his crisp flow and vocal delivery are a strong counterpoint to a lethargic boom bap beat. But it is stretched to eight minutes by the inclusion of dozens of voicemails from fans, who profess their affection and how much his music means to them.

Written by: Jonathan Rimmer | Date: Monday, 15 October 2018

Monster Truck

Monster Truck - True Rockers (Album Review)

“Hey there, are we speaking with the big time?”

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Friday, 12 October 2018

Behemoth

Behemoth - I Loved You At Your Darkest (Album Review)

The standards Behemoth set for themselves on ‘I Loved You At Your Darkest’ were epochal. So, on first listen, you’d be forgiven for thinking they’ve lost their way.

Written by: Alec Chillingworth | Date: Thursday, 11 October 2018

Cat Power

Cat Power - Wanderer (Album Review)

Photo: Eliot Lee Hazel  ‘Wanderer’ is the 10th album (and first in six years) from Georgia native Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power. It’s a gentle, occasionally mournful record that makes great use of her delicate piano and guitar stylings, and which maintains a high level of musical quality despite frequently pedestrian songwriting.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Billy F Gibbons

Billy F Gibbons - The Big Bad Blues (Album Review)

It would appear that solo albums from ZZ Top’s iconic frontman Billy F Gibbons are like a bad bus service. Fans waited patiently for nearly five decades for one to show up, only for two markedly different beasts to arrive in the space of three years. Delivering exactly the kind of music you’d expect to hear from this bearded superdude, ‘The Big Bad Blues’ is much more of a crowd pleaser than 2015’s surprisingly exotic ‘Perfectamundo’.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Tuesday, 09 October 2018

Slash

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators - Living The Dream (Album Review)

Photo: Gene Kirkland There’s something bittersweet about this excellent third album from Slash, Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators. ‘Living The Dream’ is bursting at the seams with old school, anthemic rock ‘n’ roll of the highest calibre, but at the same time it’s hard to shake the feeling that the person behind such exhilarating music and exceptional guitar work is the very last of a dying breed.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Monday, 08 October 2018

Twenty One Pilots

Twenty One Pilots - Trench (Album Review)

In 2015, Twenty One Pilots got their big break. The Ohioans’ fourth album, ‘Blurryface’, summited the US chart and sent two singles into similarly rarefied air. The following year another song, Heathens, ushered in the soundtrack to the hit film, Suicide Squad. The resulting period has seen the band ascend to arena-filling stardom and paved the way for ‘Trench’, a record that combines their distinctive blend of elaborate production with re-upped nu-metal.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Monday, 08 October 2018

Gouge Away

Gouge Away - Burnt Sugar (Album Review)

Photo: David Burns In sports, a healthy amount of time is given over to understanding how athletes will perform under severe pressure and fatigue. Basically, will they break when it matters?

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Thursday, 04 October 2018

Jungle

Jungle - For Ever (Album Review)

Jungle made a name for themselves by creating easy listening melodies steeped in swing and good feels. First arriving on the scene in 2013 as a duo known as J and T, they now perform and record as a seven piece band on their second album, ‘For Ever'.

Written by: Millly McMahon | Date: Thursday, 04 October 2018

From The Bogs of Aughiska

From The Bogs of Aughiska - Mineral Bearing Veins (Album Review)

‘You don’t believe in the fairies, do you?’ The man giggles. He talks of a lone whitethorn bush. It’s bleeding. The voice belongs to Eddie Lenihan, one of Ireland’s last remaining seanchaí storytellers. A folklorist to believers, a fanciful dreamer to sceptics. For decades, he’s travelled the length and breadth of his homeland, amassing thousands of hours’ worth of field recordings in the name of cultural preservation.

Written by: Alec Chillingworth | Date: Wednesday, 03 October 2018

Christine and the Queens

Christine and the Queens - Chris (Album Review)

Much like a popular meme that references the Japanese anime Dragon Ball Z, Héloïse Letissier has evolved into the binary-defying, strong-willed ‘Chris’. And this isn’t even her final form.

Written by: Helen Payne | Date: Wednesday, 03 October 2018

Marissa Nadler

Marissa Nadler - For My Crimes (Album Review)

Photo: Cara Robbins There is a moment in Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1983 minimalist epic Nostalghia where the film’s protagonist, Gorchakov, sits overlooking a bridge in rural Italy, wondering about his homeland. There then follows a slow camera pan outwards from a puddle, which finally reveals a bridge above.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Tuesday, 02 October 2018

Restorations

Restorations - LP5000 (Album Review)

Photo: Emily Dubin There comes a point in the lives of many bands when it seems like the easiest thing to do is stop. They won’t flame out in a way that’ll eventually get a chapter named after them in an oral history, or sign on for an indefinite farewell tour laced with pyro and recrimination. They’ll just stop, as though the whole endeavour simply ate itself.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Tuesday, 02 October 2018

Alt J

Alt-J - Reduxer (Album Review)

Remix albums don’t always work. The best examples refresh and reveal elements of the original songs, giving them new life and often broadening their appeal. When they fail, it is often because the tracks lack the integrity and consistency of the source material.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Monday, 01 October 2018

Suede

Suede - The Blue Hour (Album Review)

With the release of 2016’s ‘Night Thoughts’, the second album following their reformation six years earlier, Suede managed to transcend the limitations of an album and create something bigger.

Written by: Graeme Marsh | Date: Monday, 01 October 2018

Beak

Beak> - >>> (Album Review)

For Beak>’s third album, musical director Geoff Barrow has leapt even further into old school synths, delivering a work of intense, rootsy krautrock that displays the distinctive ‘90s hip-hop production that he honed with Portishead.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Friday, 28 September 2018

MNEK

MNEK - Language (Album Review)

'Language,' the debut album from MNEK, reinvents the staple, clean ‘90s pop aesthetic for modern audience. Writing at a prolific pace with clarity and authority, he presents himself in a celebratory fashion as a proud gay black man.

Written by: Milly McMahon | Date: Friday, 28 September 2018

Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa - Redemption (Album Review)

Photo: Christie Goodwin Not content with resuscitating the once ailing blues-rock scene for a new generation, Joe Bonamassa has been refining and expanding his musical skillset with every release, seemingly intent on achieving some kind of career defining apotheosis. His most complete artistic statement to date, ‘Redemption’ testifies that Bonamassa’s metamorphosis from guitar hero into all round creative powerhouse is now complete.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Thursday, 27 September 2018

We Were Promised Jetpacks

We Were Promised Jetpacks - The More I Sleep The Less I Dream (Album Review)

Album four from Edinburgh's We Were Promised Jetpacks is, in their own words, about going back to basics. Since 2014’s ‘Unravelling’ they’ve changed management and label, both potential pitfalls, while recording was undertaken in the US with producer Jonathan Low. Running alongside these changes on ‘The More I Sleep The Less I Dream’ is the switch back to their original four man configuration and something approximating the style of their early releases.

Written by: Graeme Marsh | Date: Thursday, 27 September 2018

 
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