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Matt Corby - Telluric Album Review

Matt Corby - Telluric Album Review

Imminently wrapping up a run of shows in America, Matt Corby is an Australian who was runner-up in Australian Idol as a precocious 16 year old in 2007. A run of EPs has led to...

Review posted on 3rd January 2016

Savage Garden - The Singles Album Review

Savage Garden - The Singles Album Review

For a brief number of years in the late 90's, Australian duo Savage Garden were huge, releasing two albums and achieving record sales in excess of 20 million units. Then going their separate ways, this...

Review posted on 23rd December 2015

R. Kelly - The Buffet Album Review

R. Kelly - The Buffet Album Review

The man who likes to be known as the King of R&B releases his 13th solo album, for which he reportedly recorded over 470 songs for during the last couple of years. The former collaborator...

Review posted on 14th December 2015

Stereophonics - First Direct Arena, Leeds Saturday 5th December 2015 Live Review

Stereophonics - First Direct Arena, Leeds Saturday 5th December 2015 Live Review

With their ninth studio release topping the charts earlier this year and its predecessor attaining platinum status, Stereophonics are enjoying something of a career renaissance. Further evidence of this are the multiple sold out arena...

Review posted on 7th December 2015

Maroon 5 - Singles Album Review

Maroon 5 - Singles Album Review

The lead up to Christmas inevitably sees the release of 'best of' and 'greatest hits' compilations - the latter in the case of Californian sextet Maroon 5. In the decade-plus years that they've achieved commercial...

Review posted on 23rd November 2015

Strange & Primitive, Self-titled Album Review

Strange & Primitive, Self-titled Album Review

Having previously worked under the name Audiograft, Strange & Primitive are duo Graham Fish and Jeff Musgrave. The change of name coincided with a different musical direction, the results of which are found on this...

Review posted on 9th November 2015

Room Full Of Strangers - Bad Vacation Album Review

Room Full Of Strangers - Bad Vacation Album Review

Currently on tour in Germany, Room Full Of Strangers garnered attention from fans and bookers alike through self-promoted warehouse gigs. The American outfit have released a number of EPs previously, before working with Sonic Youth...

Review posted on 2nd November 2015

James Morrison - Higher Than Here Album Review

James Morrison - Higher Than Here Album Review

With a trio of top three UK albums to his credit (including two which reached the summit), James Morrison established himself as one of the leading singer-songwriters in the country. His forth release will see...

Review posted on 26th October 2015

Bryan Adams - Get Up Album Review

Bryan Adams - Get Up Album Review

An artist who genuinely needs no introduction, Bryan Adams releases his first album of original material since 2008's '11'. The Canadian has already announced global dates in support of the release, beginning in Australia in...

Review posted on 21st October 2015

Jamie Lawson - Jamie Lawson Album Review

Jamie Lawson - Jamie Lawson Album Review

Having released his debut album nearly a decade ago, Jamie Lawson has come to prominence as the first signing to Ed Sheeran's record label. The exposure was sustained with a support slot to One Direction...

Review posted on 12th October 2015

Editors - In Dream Album Review

Editors - In Dream Album Review

When Stafford outfit Editors unleashed their debut album a decade ago, their brand of atmospheric indie tracks saw them just fall shy of an album chart topper - a feat managed by their following two...

Review posted on 2nd October 2015

EofE - EofE Album Review

EofE - EofE Album Review

EofE are a quintet from the West Midlands who got their big break supporting McBusted's arena tour, but they have also performed at festivals such as The Great Escape and Download. Following the release...

Review posted on 29th September 2015

Bring Me The Horizon - That's The Spirit Album Review

Bring Me The Horizon - That's The Spirit Album Review

Having spent the best part of a decade in the metal mid-card, Bring Me The Horizon's recently released fifth album 'That's The Spirit' narrowly missed topping the UK album chart. The high placing shouldn't...

Review posted on 28th September 2015

Stereophonics - Keep The Village Alive Album Review

Stereophonics - Keep The Village Alive Album Review

After spending the summer on the festival circuit, Stereophonics release their ninth studio album 'Keep The Village Alive'; the follow-up to 2013's platinum-selling 'Graffiti On The Train'. A series of shows across Europe will...

Review posted on 8th September 2015

Will Joseph Cook - Proof Enough EP Review

Will Joseph Cook - Proof Enough EP Review

Whilst many 18-year-olds will have spent the summer attending the plethora of festivals in the UK, Will Joseph Cook had other ideas - he performed at Glastonbury. Having achieved a million streams of his debut...

Review posted on 4th September 2015

John J. Presley - White Ink EP Review

John J. Presley - White Ink EP Review

Having grabbed attention at the 2014 Reading and Leeds Festivals, John J. Presley has spent the last 12 months capitalising on the exposure, including a support slot earlier this year to Kill It Kid....

Review posted on 2nd September 2015

Eoin Glackin - Eoin Glackin Album Review

Eoin Glackin - Eoin Glackin Album Review

At the age of 21, Eoin Glackin uprooted from his native Dublin to move to London. Having self-taught the piano and guitar, his music ambition has led to the release of two albums and an...

Review posted on 1st September 2015

Tiny Fingers - The Fall Album Review

Tiny Fingers - The Fall Album Review

Recorded at Anova Studios and released on a label sharing the same name, 'The Fall' is the latest release from Israeli quartet Tiny Fingers. Whilst tour plans have yet to be announced, their previous...

Review posted on 13th August 2015

Agent Fresco - Destrier Album Review

Agent Fresco - Destrier Album Review

After coming to prominence by winning a battle of the bands competition in their homeland, Icelandic quartet Agent Fresco brought out their debut full-length release in 2010. This follow-up, 'Destrier', is set to be promoted...

Review posted on 6th August 2015

Joss Stone - Water For Your Soul Album Review

Joss Stone - Water For Your Soul Album Review

Having broken through with her 2003 debut album, it can be easy to forget that the artist also known as Joscelyn Eve Stoker had barely finished school at the time - she's only turned 28...

Review posted on 3rd August 2015

Stereophonics - O2 Academy, Sheffield - 8th July 2015 Live Review

Stereophonics - O2 Academy, Sheffield - 8th July 2015 Live Review

Ahead of the release of their ninth studio album in September, Stereophonics announced tonight's show as a warm up date before they embark numerous dates in the festival season. Prior to a jaunt around...

Review posted on 10th July 2015

Fred Abbott - Serious Poke Album Review

Fred Abbott - Serious Poke Album Review

Formerly a member of the now defunct Noah And The Whale, Fred Abbott recorded 'Serious Poke' with the help of his former band mates, amongst others. Recorded at British Grove Studios, he shared production duties...

Review posted on 6th July 2015

The Riptide Movement - Getting Through Album Review

The Riptide Movement - Getting Through Album Review

A chart-topper in their native Ireland last year, 'Getting Through' is the third album from this quartet and The Riptide Movement are now receiving a global push. They've previously supported The Rolling Stones and...

Review posted on 29th June 2015

The LaFontaines - Class Album Review

The LaFontaines - Class Album Review

Formed in 2010, this Scottish quintet played at 2011's T In The Park and are now releasing their debut album 'Class'. They've increased their exposure on support slots with the likes of Professor Green and...

Review posted on 22nd June 2015

Muse - Drones Album Review

Muse - Drones Album Review

Whilst they remain undoubtedly one of rock's premier outfits, for some Muse hit something of a plateau with 'The 2nd Law', their sixth record released in 2012. There has been talk of a back to...

Review posted on 11th June 2015

The Courteeners - Heaton Park, Manchester - 5th June 2015 Live Review

The Courteeners - Heaton Park, Manchester - 5th June 2015 Live Review

When The Courteeners omitted Manchester from their last touring run in 2014, it pointed to plans for a homecoming event for the quartet, which, when announced, reportedly sold out in less than an hour....

Review posted on 8th June 2015

Lifehouse - Out Of The Wasteland Album Review

Lifehouse - Out Of The Wasteland Album Review

When Lifehouse announced in 2013 that they were on hiatus, it was clear that the 15 million album selling band were at something of a crossroads. Two years earlier they had released their sixth album...

Review posted on 15th May 2015

They Might Be Giants - Glean Album Review

They Might Be Giants - Glean Album Review

With 21 studio albums listed in their discography, it's fair to say They Might Be Giants have had a remarkable career since their self-titled debut arrived 19 years ago and having originally been named El...

Review posted on 11th May 2015

Amber Run - 5AM Album Review

Amber Run - 5AM Album Review

Having appeared on the BBC Introducing stage at the 2013 Reading Festival, Nottingham outfit Amber Run have since released a series of EPs. Now unleashing their debut album '5AM', they are on the cusp...

Review posted on 1st May 2015

Balthazar - Thin Walls Album Review

Balthazar - Thin Walls Album Review

This is the third release from a Belgian quintet who broke through with their debut album in 2010 and topped the charts in their homeland with its successor two years later. An indication of...

Review posted on 24th April 2015

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