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Dawn Richard – ‘Redemption’ Review

Although Dawn Richard has never been a household name, she’s definitely had a taste of mainstream success. As a member of R&B girl band Danity Kane, she scored a pair…

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Justice – ‘Woman’ Review

The third album from French dance duo Justice – they’re sort of Daft Punk with tighter jeans – is a tour-de-force that more than justifies the five-year break since their…

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Metallica – ‘Hardwired… To Self Destruct’ Review

Eight years is a long time to wait for a record. During that time most bands would fret about their relevance and torture themselves with the complexities of a rapidly…

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DNCE – ‘DNCE’ Review

Around a decade ago, the Jonas Brothers were the squeakiest of the squeaky-clean pop brigade, their rictus grins, Disney Club membership cards and purity rings all present and correct. And…

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Alicia Keys – ‘Here’ Review

Two tracks into her surprisingly fresh sixth album, Alicia Keys issues a mission statement: “Gotta speak the truth when I’m up in the booth.” For the next 45 minutes, the…

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Emeli Sandé – ‘Long Live The Angels’ Review

It’s taken Emeli Sandé almost five years to follow her 5m-selling debut ‘Our Version Of Events’, a length of time that feels apposite both for her sake and ours. ‘Overexposed’…

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Sleigh Bells – ‘Jessica Rabbit’ Review

Sleigh Bells were your sweetest nightmare. For three fantastically brutal pop albums, Derek Miller’s extreme noise terror guitars and nosebleed electro beats smashed together into what sounded like futuristic fascist…

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Sad13 – ‘Slugger’ Review

In her day job as singer in and leader of US indie-rockers Speedy Ortiz, Sadie Dupuis (AKA Sad13) is an empowering role model for young women. ‘Slugger’, her debut solo…

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Robbie Williams – ‘Heavy Entertainment Show’ Review

Robbie Williams recently appeared on The Graham Norton Show to share an anecdote about the time he was w**ked off by a stranger in a rented castle. The woman, he…

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Pixie Geldof – ‘I’m Yours’ Review

Pixie Geldof has spent the past decade in the limelight. The third daughter of Live Aid lynchpin Bob Geldof and television presenter Paula Yates, she’s a tabloid regular and occasional…

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Honeyblood – ‘Babes Never Die’ Review

Honeyblood have never suffered fools gladly. On 2014's self-titled debut, Glasgow duo Stina Tweeddale and Cat Myers laid into scumbag exes and cheating heartbreakers. Follow-up ‘Babes Never Die’ is just…

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Soft Hair – ‘Soft Hair’ Review

A couple of years ago, blond-haired New Zealander Connan Mockasin had a nightmare. He and Sam Eastgate were cooped up in a dirty bedroom in Loughborough. Mockasin was lying in…

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