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The Coral – ‘Distance Inbetween’ Review

Thirteen years ago, after the release of their self-titled debut and its swift follow-up ‘Magic And Medicine’, The Coral really meant something. The Wirral scallies stood out with their technical…

Poliça – ‘United Crushers’ Review

Poliça's new record was made while vocalist Channy Leaneagh was heavily pregnant with her first child (that’s her baby bump on the cover) and, even though it’s not necessarily about…

Låpsley – ‘Long Way Home’ Review

At 19, Holly Lapsley Fletcher – who records under her middle name – is a wise head on young shoulders. The Southport-raised singer and producer says people often presume she’s…

Wild Nothing – ‘Life Of Pause’

Have you ever seen a police mugshot of Jack Tatum? Or read about him sticking a drumstick up his backside? Not likely. You may not even know his name. The…

School of Seven Bells – ‘SVIIB’ Review

The fourth and final album from these electro-gaze wanderers arrives with a heavy heart. Originally a trio comprising Benjamin Curtis (guitar) and twin sisters Alejandra and Claudia Deheza (guitar, keys),…

The 1975 – ‘I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’ Review

When a band conquers the charts with a fun but inoffensive debut album, you don’t expect them to return with a 17-track follow-up that tempers pop tunes with swampy post-rock…

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Johnny Borrell & Zazou – ‘The Atlantic Culture’ Review

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8v-O_Fvxrtg Michael Jackson dangled a baby over a balcony. Britney Spears shaved her head. East 17 singer Brian Harvey ate too many jacket potatoes and accidentally ran himself…

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – ‘This Unruly Mess I’ve Made’ Review

Being a white rapper has traditionally brought with it a certain amount of baggage. Eminem fronted out his lack of melanin with ferocious technique and something akin to what politicians…

Jack Garratt – ‘Phase’ Review

‘Phase’ has been a long time coming. At 13, Jack Garratt was one of seven unsuccessful finalists hoping to represent the UK at the 2005 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Eleven…

Animal Collective – ‘Painting With’ Review

For their first eight albums, up to and including 2009’s spectacular ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion’, Animal Collective honed new material at their effervescent live shows. That was where the Baltimore experimentalists…

Kanye West – ‘The Life Of Pablo’ Review

Drug lord Escobar, pioneering artist Picasso or great poet Neruda? Kanye West’s seventh album ‘The Life Of Pablo’ sounds like all three. Dangerous, sparse, surreal, disjointed, hyper-realistic, cokey and constantly…

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Flowers – ‘Everybody’s Dying To Meet You’ Review

When Molly Rankin of Canadian band Alvvays opened her cherubic gullet in 2014, entreated Archie to take her briskly up the aisle and wafted gently to the top of the…