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Jaden Smith – ‘Syre’ Review

Jaden Smith has more deep thoughts than you. At 19, he has already been responsible for tweets such as: “Dying is MainStream” and “Most Trees Are Blue”. Alongside sister Willow…

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Liam Gallagher – ‘As You Were’ Review

Stop everything guys, because it’s finally here. Liam Gallagher’s album might be the most eagerly awaited solo debut of the year, but is it any good? The answer, thankfully, is…

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Paloma Faith – ‘The Architect’ Review

Paloma Faith calls her fourth album a “social observation record”, and it begins with a spoken-word intro from Samuel L Jackson, who tells us, “Do not be fearful of evolution…

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Morrissey – ‘Low In High School’ Review

There’s no easy way to tell you this, but Morrissey is fixated with the bit between your legs. His 11th solo album is chockablock with crotch. On ‘Home Is A…

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Angel Olsen – ‘Phases’ Review

A year down the line from the release of her spectacular third album ‘My Woman’, singular songwriter Angel Olsen is staving off her legions of new fans with a collection…

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Yung Lean – ‘Stranger’ Review

Several of 2017’s hip-hop chart breakthroughs have one thing in common: they’re sad, despairing and desolate. Take Post Malone’s ‘Rockstar’, Lil Uzi Vert’s ‘XO Tour Llif3’ or Future’s ‘Mask Off’.…

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Yaeji – ‘EP2’ Review

In the beginning, Yaeji revelled in mystery. She told Pitchfork earlier this month that she “chose Korean because I didn’t want people to understand what I was singing about.” Early…

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Sam Smith – ‘The Thrill of It All’ Review

Sam Smith’s massive debut album was dominated by sad love songs such as ‘Stay With Me’, so it was fitting that he named it ‘In The Lonely Hour’. Now the…

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Shamir – ‘Revelations’ Review

Unacquainted with Shamir’s disco-fuelled 2015 debut ‘Ratchet’? Not to worry. Follow-up ‘Revelations’ bears absolutely no resemblance to the glitter-ball, dancefloor-glued fix of his first work. It’s a completely fresh start.…

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Baxter Dury – ‘Prince Of Tears’ Review

Baxter Dury had a sorry 2016: his heart got broken and he spent a few months crying in his flat. “I got the fire brigade round to put out sandbanks…

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Bully – ‘Losing’ Review

We very nearly lost Bully’s Alicia Bognanno to the other side of the mixing desk. Six years ago the ferocious guitarist and frontlady was interning as a sound engineer at…

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Ty Dolla $ign – ‘Beach House 3’ Review

Ty Dolla $ign has a reputation: he’s the ace writer and producer (credits include a co-write on Rihanna, Kanye and Paul McCartney’s ‘FourFiveSeconds’) whose own output – crisp hip-hop with…

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