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Lillie Mae – ‘Forever and Then Some’ Review

Lillie Mae’s storybook background sounds so perfectly folksy that you’d be totally within your rights to think that ‘Forever And Then Some’ producer Jack White came up with it one…

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Vince Staples – ‘Big Fish Theory’ Review

While it’s a touch reductive to lump them both together, parallels between the careers of Vince Staples and fellow Californian Kendrick Lamar are uncanny and numerous. Both have found success…

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Imagine Dragons – ‘Evolve’ Review

If success is determined by numbers, then Imagine Dragons are bathing in riches. ‘Night Visions’, their 2012 debut album, has racked up over 7 million worldwide sales to date, while…

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Lorde – ‘Melodrama’ Review

Talk about pressure. Lorde’s 2013 debut, ‘Pure Heroine’, saw the New Zealand teen – real name Ella Yellich-O’Connor – lauded by the press, praised by David Bowie (he believed she was…

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Kevin Morby – ‘City Music’ Review

Kevin Morby’s solo career can quite succinctly be defined by the concept of place. His debut album ‘Harlem River’ was an ode to New York City, and 2016’s brooding ‘Singing…

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SZA – ‘Ctrl’ Review

Debut albums will often claim to be fully-formed statements of intent, or the sound of growing pains and self-discovery. SZA’s ‘Ctrl’ is neither of these. That might be because she’s…

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Royal Blood – ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’ Review

It didn’t take Royal Blood long to reach the top. When they emerged in 2013 they were an amped-up, old-school rock phenomenon – and duly captured the global imagination with…

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Fleet Foxes – ‘Crack-Up’ Review

In September 2016, Fleet Foxes frontman Robin Pecknold had a dilemma. While mocking up meticulous designs for ‘Crack-Up’, the Seattle band’s first album in six years, he discovered fellow choral…

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Katy Perry – ‘Witness’ Review

Katy Perry is a changed woman. Well, kinda. For her fourth album under the Perry name – let’s pretend her god-bothering 2001 debut ‘Katy Hudson’ never happened, eh? – she’s…

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London Grammar – ‘Truth Is A Beautiful Thing’ Review

London Grammar chose not to find it galling when David Cameron declared himself a fan. In 2014, the man who let Brexit happen said he thought the trio were “brilliant”,…

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Halsey – ‘Hopeless Fountain Kingdom’ Review

Appearing on The Chainsmokers’ 2016 mega-hit ‘Closer’ has had a big impact on Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, AKA Halsey. Her 2015 debut ‘Badlands’ made her a cult popstar. ‘Closer’ made her…

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Bleachers – ‘Gone Now’ Review

When Jack Antonoff started Bleachers, writing songs in hotel rooms while on tour with fun. he openly admits he didn't really know what he was doing. Despite that, debut album…

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