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Album Review: Beyonce – Lemonade
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1 month ago

Album Review: Beyonce – Lemonade

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I will hold my hands up now, I am by no means a Beyonce fan. This review won’t refer to her previous work because I’ve never really listened to any of it. The singles I’ve heard on the radio always seemed to encapsulate all the things I didn’t like about pop & R&B music. On the surface, it seemed overproduced, soulless, with a chorus cooked up in a boardroom to sink a hook into your brain and never let go rather than through genuine experience. Beyonce always had the talent to elevate its artistic standard, but there was none of her experience in the music. Lemonade changes everything I thought I knew about Beyonce.
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Live Review: Seaway, Woes + Lizzy Farrall @ The Bodega Nottingham, 11 Jan 2018
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1 month ago

Live Review: Seaway, Woes + Lizzy Farrall @ The Bodega Nottingham, 11 Jan 2018

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Seaway are a common sight in the UK, visiting frequently to tour with all the up and coming pop punk bands. As their sound has diversified with the release of Vacation so too have their touring mates.
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Album Review: Mac Demarco – This Old Dog
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1 month ago

Album Review: Mac Demarco – This Old Dog

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Time comes for us all, forcing us to grow up. It comes for the athlete, the geek, and even the carefree prankster. On his third full-length album This Old Dog, indie rock icon and all-round slacker Mac Demarco takes a more introspective approach to his craft, as his age finally starts to show.
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Playlist: Christmas 2017
2 months ago

Playlist: Christmas 2017

By  •  Lists

I’ve performed my annual Christmas sync, my iPhone is now half-full of Christmas songs and carols, so why not take a little of the fun out of the occasion by examining a few of them critically?
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Album Review: Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love
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3 months ago

Album Review: Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love

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I’ve written in some length about the many career paths of Donald Glover. To sum up, it seems like no matter what creative project he turns his hand to he’s consistently great at it, which is as infuriating as it is spellbinding. Under his alter ego Childish Gambino, Glover has enjoyed some success as a rapper with seven mixtapes, 2 EPs and a trio of studio albums under his belt. It’s on his third full-length album Awaken, My Love that Gambino reinvents himself.
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Album Review: Tyler the Creator – Flower Boy
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7 months ago

Album Review: Tyler the Creator – Flower Boy

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I often ask myself; why do famous people keep working? Once I earned a certain amount, I’d stop and become a private citizen and enjoy a stress-free life. Californian rapper/clothing line designer/tv star Tyler, the Creator seems to have had the opposite reaction to his abundance of success. Following the release of Wolf, the final album in a pre-planned trilogy that was six years in the making, Tyler hinted he was done with music.
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Album Review: Blink 182 – Self-Titled
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7 months ago

Album Review: Blink 182 – Self-Titled

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There’s so much that can be said about Blink 182’s career. The scrappy trio of pop punk pioneers went from small clubs and basements to forgers of a whole new sub-culture. But there is an area of their career that doesn’t seem to spend much time in the spotlight. Their Self-Titled album.
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Opinion: What Music Means to Me
1 year ago

Opinion: What Music Means to Me

By  •  Opinion

Time and Music are both funny things. Before I got into my first band at the age of 11 (Busted, if you must know) I would always get a strong feeling of irritation and discomfort when my mum listened to the radio. I can’t explain my discomfort in words, (maybe it was a sense of taste as my parents listened to a lot of ‘chill out’ music. Cringe), however I do have a strong memory of Madonna’s La Isla Bonita playing in my mum’s car as we pulled out of Asda’s carpark and just feeling annoyed by it. Fast forward twenty years and I listen to Madonna while I wash up.
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Album Review: Childish Gambino – Because The Internet
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1 year ago

Album Review: Childish Gambino – Because The Internet

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It’s hard not to be a little jealous of Donald Glover, A.K.A. Childish Gambino. The Atlanta born rap artist, actor, writer and former YouTube star has experienced a meteoric rise to fame in an incredibly short amount of time.
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Album Review: Basement – Promise Everything
2 years ago

Album Review: Basement – Promise Everything

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The musical landscape is currently dominated by bands going on hiatus. Whilst often defined as “indefinite” or “going away for a long time”, it’s not uncommon to see the band promptly reform 18 months later. In the case of some reunited bands their return often dulls the edge of their previous work, and their new material isn’t quite up to standard, because the momentum they’d built up before their break has fizzled out. In rare cases however, a reunion is met with universal joy (as opposed to the scorn that less well-loved bands receive) and their new releases become hotly anticipated. Basement is an example of one such band.
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