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Less is more; a saying found in fortune cookies from Chinese takeaways across the country. Evidently, Yes don’t eat much Chinese food. After scoring two home runs in 1971 and 1972 with Fragile and Close to the Edge, Yes felt it was time to go bigger. Literally bigger. In 1973, Yes released their sixth album Tales From Topographic Oceans, boasting a staggering 81 minute running time. Nearly double that of Pink Floyd’s legendary album The Dark Side of the Moon, and monstrous compared to the mere 37 minutes of Close to the Edge. But is bigger better? And if less is more, is more less?
Blink 182 have returned from the darkness with their newest and seventh studio album called ‘California’. This album is still the same rock feeling and genre but it is the first to include their newest member vocalist/guitarist Matt Skiba from Alkaline Trio, who replaced former member Tom DeLonge. Fans were worried when Tom left the band but the other original members vocalist/bassist Mark Hoppus and drummer Travis Barker calmed down the fans by saying that Matt Skiba can na-na-na-na as well to rival Billie Joe Armstrong – the singer from Green Day.
The Beatles’ sort of seventh album Revolver is one of the most important in the history of popular music. And on 5th August 2016, it turns fifty. After deviating from their usual sound in 1965 album Rubber Soul, Revolver marks a seismic shift in their style. Ditching live performances, the fab four set to utilise the studio to its full potential. Complete with a lot of drugs.
After the band’s previous album Sempiternal in 2013, the British rock band Bring Me The Horizon released their newest album That’s The Spirit in 2015. From the band’s previous genre, Metalcore, these tracks have turned a different direction from other albums. The genres on this album are alternative rock, pop rock, alternative metal, electronic rock and nu metal.
Kanye West debuted in 2004 with his album The College Dropout and since then he has never failed to make headlines with his ‘egotistical’ attitude and ‘controversial’ deeds. All the way from the well known ‘Imma let you finish’ moment at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards when he defended Beyoncé at Taylor Swift’s cost, to some of his troublesome lyrics and his recent ‘Famous’ music video, Kanye West has built up quite a reputation which is vexing to some, amusing to others but inspiring to his millions and millions of followers.
English rock band Muse’s 2009 album The Resistance blew everyone’s heads off. It’s a masterclass in stadium shaking bombast. Every track makes me want to go to the houses of parliament and punch the nearest politician in the nose. How on earth they were going to top it was beyond anybody. So their sixth studio album,The 2nd Law (released in 2012), had a lot to live up to.