Music Reviews

Loyle Carner - Not Waving, But Drowning (Album Review)

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Loyle Carner isn’t like the rest. His sound, smooth and jazz-inflected, feels like it’s in direct opposition to the brash, lo-fi extremes of Soundcloud rap, while his demeanour also sets him at odds with the gonzo, face-tattooed rappers occupying the charts.

Lizzo - Cuz I Love You (Album Review)

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Lizzo isn’t a new name. The Detroit native has been grafting for years, leading groups including the Chalice prior to the release of her debut solo album, 2013’s ‘Lizzobangers’. And this slow burn has allowed her to own centre stage as a powerhouse vocalist on ‘Cuz I Love You’, where she proves that she’s the star she always claimed she was.

Marina - LOVE + FEAR (Album Review)

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Four years on from the release of ‘Froot’, and newly shorn of her Marina and the Diamonds sobriquet, Marina Diamandis has returned with 'LOVE + FEAR', an ambitious LP that consists of two juxtaposing parts. It’s quite literally Love versus Fear as this 15 track confessional unfurls like a lopsided boxing match.

Bear's Den - So That You Might Hear Me (Album Review)

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First there was acoustic folk. Then things went electronic—a familiar path that Mumford & Sons, Matthew & the Atlas and Ben Howard have all taken in recent years. On album three Bear’s Den refuse to entirely commit to either direction, preferring instead to bask in their ability to switch between the two.

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Fishing For Fishies (Album Review)

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After a ludicrously productive 2017 saw them release five albums, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard have returned after a much needed two year break with ‘Fishing For Fishies’. It’s remarkable that a band as prolific as these Australian psychedelic masters attempts new things at an equally alarming rate, and here they have somehow managed to find another string to their bow.

Catfish and the Bottlemen - The Balance (Album Review)

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Prior to the release of Catfish and the Bottlemen’s second album, 2016’s ‘The Ride’, frontman Van McCann didn’t holding off on singing its praises. Needless to say, it wasn’t quite as brilliant as he was making out, although the public seemed to like it and elevated the LP to the top of the UK chart. It also made the top 30 in the US, which is no mean feat.

LSD - LSD (Album Review)

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Ending up as a conflicted power struggle between vocalists Sia and Labrinth, and producer Diplo, LSD is one of the most unwieldy supergroup outings yet. Comprising wannabe anthemic pop songs that channel off-kilter sounds and melodies, their eponymous debut LP feels like a lazy attempt to cash in on each artist's following.

Fat White Family - Serfs Up! (Album Review)

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Fat White Family’s third studio album is a vibrant, esoteric melange of sounds and influences, bringing together post-punk, reggae, garage rock and more. It’s a fun, considered and detailed record from a band who have sometimes appeared to court gratuitous controversy for the sake of it.

Cage The Elephant - Social Cues (Album Review)

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Photo: Neil Krug Since their introduction to the world in 2008, with the huge single Ain't No Rest For The Wicked and their subsequent self-titled debut, Cage The Elephant have spent their career fluttering between genres, attempting to keep their audience guessing.

Bryce Dessner - El Chan (Album Review)

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Bryce Dessner is a man who knows a lot about music. Widely revered for his role as multi-instrumentalist and composer with the National, on ‘El Chan’ he continues a side odyssey in classical music and transcends the ‘indie rock guitarist’ label. Here, with the help of pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque, and Orchestre de Paris, he has outdone himself by turning in a grand statement with a sense of ease.

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