Tag: Album review

ALBUM: Brandon Flowers – ‘The Desired Effect’

Rating: It’s only right that one puts aside Flowers’ work with The Killers before appraising his second solo LP. One might assume that he continues here to better express his ideas. One also, therefore, might expect him to seize this…

ALBUM: The Hurriers – ‘From Acorns Mighty Oaks’

Rating: “What’s left of old Barnsley seems to have disappeared pretty quickly.” This extract from the opening of The Hurriers’ debut album, From Acorns Mighty Oaks, is a clear distillation of the band’s anti-Tory political stance. Describing themselves as “a proper Socialist…

ALBUM: Say Lou Lou ‘Lucid Dreaming’

Rating: Over the last few years, Scandinavian duo Say Lou Lou have been steadily crafting a reputation for making classy, considered pop music. With a string of seductive singles and collaborations with the likes of Chet Faker, the band have teased their…

ALBUM: Stoneghost ‘New Age Of Old Ways’

Rating: If you’ve ever had to use the bus, tube or whatever type of public transport there is available, then you’ve certainly seen one of these people in black t-shirts carrying the logo of – insert band’s name here –…

ALBUM: Laura Marling ‘Short Movie’

Rating: I’ve pretty much been in awe of Laura Marling since she first graced our ear-drums back when when she was just 17. Now she’s reached the ripe old age of 25, I remain impressed (and slightly jealous) by just…

ALBUM: Carl Barat And The Jackals ‘Let It Reign’

Rating: ‘Glory Days’ as the opener to Carl Barat‘s latest LP, Let It Reign, is reminiscent of the blues of The Rolling Stones, coupled with an impassioned delivery á la Strummer. Barat is proud of this assault on your eardrums, you…

EP: Youth Club ‘Brothers’

Rating: With their first, self-released EP, Colours, having reached No. 7 in the iTunes download alternative charts, Essex-based alternative pop band Youth Club‘s follow up, Brothers, has high expectations. Drawing inspirations from “summer and all things colourful”, the EP boasts a very pre-summer/anticipating summer feeling,…

ALBUM: Joe Boyd ‘I Survive I’

Rating: Since his 2012 debut, Essex-based singer/songwriter Joe Boyd has been showing a class example of DIY music. First, he formed Agony & Ecstasy Records to release his LP, Totem, with which he immediately made a name for himself in the industry….

ALBUM: Kodaline ‘Coming Up For Air’

Rating: Kodaline, the Dublin-based rock quartet who have been compared to the likes of U2, Keane and Oasis, are set to release their second album, Coming Up For Air, following the success of their debut, In A Perfect World. With recording starting just after…