Tags : album review

Album Review: Drunk Tank Pink // Shame

Ironically for an album conceived in a womb-like room after a straight run of 350 gigs – according to frontman Charlie Steen – Shame’s Drunk Tank Pink makes you long for the sweaty intensity of a gig, because that’s where the driving guitar and existential angst of this album deserves to be heard. But at […]Read More

Blast From The Past: Malibu // Anderson .Paak

Five years ago today, Anderson .Paak dropped the Grammy-nominated Malibu, a neo-soul masterpiece often cited as his best work. I’d be inclined to agree with the consensus: Oxnard felt like slightly bland pandering with its excess of features (although the presence of Q-Tip was much appreciated) and Ventura was a bit closer to what was […]Read More

Blast from the Past: The Fall // Gorillaz

Widely regarded as something of an enigma in Gorillaz’s discography, The Fall was infamously recorded on an iPad mid-tour. The album features the predominant work of bandleader Damon Albarn alone (with a short feature from Bobby Womack and several recorded conversations and radio broadcasts). More than enough criticism has been directed at the record for […]Read More

Album Review: Ruins // Daniel Tompkins

You might know Daniel Tompkins best as the frontman of TesseracT. If you’re a bit older, you might know him from his stint in First Signs Of Frost. You might even know him as a vocal coach, a tea entrepreneur – he has his own brand of tea designed specifically for vocalists – or as […]Read More

Album Review: A Year To Forget But A Christmas To

There is no doubt that this year has been difficult for all of us and a Christmas without our loved ones is definitely not what we need. However, Keywest are bringing a silver lining to the festive season with their new Christmas album A Year To Forget But A Christmas To Remember. Keywest is an Irish […]Read More

Album Review: Another Night, Another Town // Shed Seven

The national Christmas wish for a live gig has been answered with Shed Seven’s live album: Another Night, Another Town. This release is like time-travelling back a year, fostering a true sense of community and wistful nostalgia through an awesome soundscape. Whilst the band’s collection of hits is enough to keep you engaged, the electric […]Read More

Album Review: evermore // Taylor Swift

In a year clouded with uncertainty, isolation and loneliness, the richly weaved stories of folklore has been the cardigan I wrap around myself while I escape into the earthy imagery of Taylor Swift’s surprise eighth album. As the dark nights of winter have closed in, I have found myself regularly retreating into the sonic sanctuary […]Read More

Album Review: I Had The Blues But I Shook Them

I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose (Live at Brixton Academy) should come with a disclaimer. Immediately from the first sounds of cheering on ‘Emergency Contraception Blues’, this album creates an almost painful longing for live music. You may even shed a tear when hearing the crowds echo lead singer Jack Steadman in […]Read More

Album Review: Plastic Hearts // Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus is no stranger to reinvention; from fictional teen pop star Hannah Montana to the controversial R&B era of Bangerz, a detour through psychedelia with Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz and into country with Younger Now. The brilliantly rousing single ‘Midnight Sky’ signalled a direction change into 1980’s inspired rock, albeit with a […]Read More

Album Review: Visions Of Bodies Being Burned // clipping.

Over the last decade, the horror genre has moved further away from the surreal topics of vampires, werewolves and zombies, instead choosing to wrap its claws around reality: tearing off the facade of modern life to reveal something more terrifying than anything Hammer Horror could ever come up with. In 2017, Jordan Peele’s critically acclaimed […]Read More

Blast From The Past: In Dreams // After The Burial

Whilst they may have faded a bit more into the background these days, from the late ‘00s to the mid ‘10s After The Burial were one of metalcore’s biggest rising stars. Their first two albums Forging A Future Self and Rareform showcased a uniquely brilliant take on a genre that was starting to become a […]Read More

Album Review: Night Network // The Cribs

Night Network, the eighth album from Yorkshire alt-rockers The Cribs, looked at one point as if it might not be made at all. After the release of 2017’s 24/7 Rock Star S**t, the band left their long-time management only to learn that the rights to their back catalogue had been bought by other parties without […]Read More

Album Review: Earth to Dora // Eels

I have followed the Eels for most of their career, which has often been a rollercoaster ride through the dark recesses of Mark ‘E’ Everett’s emotional turmoil set to a jangly music box soundtrack. With Earth to Dora we arrive at album number thirteen. Given the record charts the rise and fall of a relationship, […]Read More

Album Review: Apart // LÉON

The word cinematic is often seen as clichéd, but Swedish-born LÉON has truly created a cinematic masterpiece in her sophomore album, Apart. This title embodies the themes of the album, as LÉON uses her songs to reflect on a particularly painful breakup. The topic is apt, given the current global circumstances which keep loved ones […]Read More