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Taylor Swift – ‘Reputation’ Review

Taylor Swift once explained that, if you’re not careful, the perils of mega-fame can “make you bitter and make you not trust people, and become really secluded or rebellious against…

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‘Paddington 2’ – Film Review

Released in 2014, the original Paddington film was a surprise smash with a timely message: in a big city, even an anthropomorphic bear from Peru can find a home and…

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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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‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ – Film Review

Yorgos Lanthimos has a very strange way of seeing the world and he doesn’t seem overly concerned with whether or not you share it, which is really exactly how a…

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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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Weezer – ‘Pacific Daydream’ Review

It’s 23 years since Weezer gave geeks a voice with awkward anthems ‘Buddy Holly’, ‘The Sweater Song’ and ‘Say It Ain’t So’. With that in mind, they could easily have…

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