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Ecca Vandal – ‘Ecca Vandal’ Review

Ecca Vandal’s debut album is a game of two halves. The first is a bruising, brutal collection of party anthems and the latter a restrained, synth pop-tinged breather. Either way,…

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Niall Horan – ‘Flicker’ Review

While Harry Styles cracked jokes and Liam Payne handled the polite stage patter - "Guys, thanks so much for coming!" - Niall Horan seemed to spend a large portion of…

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Krept & Konan – ‘7 Days / 7 Nights’ Review

Asked in their recent NME interview why he and collaborator Casyo ‘Krept’ Johnson chose to release two mixtapes – one daytime-themed rap record (‘7 Days’) and one slinky R&B collection…

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Margo Price – ‘All American Made’ Review

It’s only been 18 months since Margo Price released her debut solo album, but the Nashville-based singer-songwriter still has a lifetime of experience to draw on for the upbeat, vintage…

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King Krule – ‘The Ooz’ Review

Welcome back inside Archy Marshall’s mind. Four years ago, on ‘Cementality’, he sang, “Brain, leave me be / Can’t you see these eyes are shut”. That song featured on ‘6…

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Beck – ‘Colors’ Review

Beck is not one for repeating himself. Each record of his 12-album, 25-year career brings something a little bit different to the table – while remaining distinctly Beck. 1996’s ‘Odelay’…

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St Vincent – ‘Masseduction’ Review

Three years ago, Annie Clark sent out an “autumn hello” to her newsletter subscribers. “Last night,” she recounted, “I attended a party meant to celebrate ‘fashion’ where I felt woefully…

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Kelela – ‘Take Me Apart’ Review

“It’s not a break-up, it’s just a breakdown, we’re spinning around,” sings Kelela towards the end of this long-awaited debut album. Concise and candid, it’s typical of ‘Take Me Apart’,…

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Alex Lahey – ‘I Love You Like A Brother’ Review

Alex Lahey’s debut album ‘I Love You Like A Brother’ revels in its imperfections. In 10 succinctly crafted tracks - the Australian newcomer is relatable and brutally honest - all…

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Marilyn Manson – ‘Heaven Upside Down’ Review

For more than 20 years Marilyn Manson has been the snake in pop and rock’s Garden of Eden. Modern music’s most famous Satanist has thrived there, hissing at any cherubic…

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Protomartyr – ‘Relatives In Descent’ Review

There’s a line on the new Protomartyr record, ‘Relatives In Descent’, that proves that no other band can rival their ability to conjure such bleakness - but inject hope all…

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Miley Cyrus – ‘Younger Now’ Review

She might still be only 24, but Miley Cyrus’s career has already come full circle. The child of country royalty – her father is Billy Ray Cyrus of ‘Achy Breaky…

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