Reviews

Reviews

Solange – ‘When I Get Home’ review

On the February 28, Solange announced the surprise release of her follow-up to the stunning 2016 album 'A Seat At The Table'. The frenzy...

2 Chainz – ‘Rap Or Go To The League’ review

For the best part of a decade, 2 Chainz has been obliterating guest verses with an admirable consistency. Whenever the Georgia rapper pops up...

Troye Sivan live: A triumphant celebration of what it means to be young, queer and free

“I shit you not, I feel like I’m in The Lizzie McGuire Movie,” laughs Troye Sivan as he catches a first bit of respite after powering...

The Japanese House – ‘Good At Falling’ review

In 2015, Amber Bain – aka The Japanese House – released her debut EP ‘Pools To Bathe In’. At this point, her moniker was shrouded...

Weezer – ‘The Black Album’ review

This started 14 years ago. Weezer began their transition from legit college rock heroes to ironic in-jokers with 2005’s ‘Make Believe’, which featured the...

Pond – ‘Tasmania’ review

What a timely release this is, given the current apocalyptic weather. The premise for Pond's latest album, 'Tasmiania', came about when lead singer Nick...

Sundara Karma – ‘Ulfilas’ Alphabet’ review

Words: Sophie Williams A clue that Reading discordant rock four-piece Sundara Karma are not your average band: their second album is named after Ufilas, a...

Vein’s debut London show was proof music can still shock you

The side of stage is usually a safe haven for posers. Endless Instagram stories of side-stage selfies are par for the course in a...

Giggs – ‘Big Bad’ review

With his gruff accent and unique flow, which sounds like someone calmly but aggressively reading off a shopping list, Giggs has solidified himself as...

Little Simz – ‘Grey Area’ review

Fiercely confident and unapologetically forthright, the stunning new album from Little Simz is a reminder of her bold – and, sadly, sometimes underrated –...

Blood Youth – ‘Starve’ review

Blood Youth’s second LP, ‘Starve’ sounds like cuttings from the studio floor of Iowa ninesome Slipknot. Those heavily compressed guitar tones and the stop-start...

The first night of Robyn’s tour turned a Hollywood audience (including Adele!) into a room full of friends

There’s a moment in the Robyn show. You know, one of those you giddily recount and discuss and dissect later in the night, looking...

‘This Time With Alan Partridge’ review – back on the BBC, Norfolk’s finest is at his absolute best

It's fair to say that Alan Partridge's return to the BBC is a very big deal. After all, this is the man who famously...

Offset – ‘Father Of 4’ review

Every trilogy needs its final instalment to deliver a satisfying conclusion to make the whole exercise worthwhile. That objective may not have been top...

Lil Pump – ‘Harverd Dropout’ review

People love to hate Soundcloud rappers, whether it’s attempting to school them on classic hip-hop, or revelling in Lil Xan’s tummy pain after he...

Pom Poko – ‘Birthday’ review

“No one understands; they say it’s freaky, suggestive,” croons Pomo Poko singer Ragnhild Jamtveit on the half-knowing and half-ironic ‘My Work Is Full Of Art’,...

Du Blonde – ‘Lung Bread For Daddy’ review

It’s been four years since Newcastle’s Beth Jeans Houghton became Du Blonde for acclaimed second album ‘Welcome Back To Milk’, emerging as a glammed-up,...

Drenge – ‘Strange Creatures’ review

Drenge have always had a sense of the dark about them ever since they came careening into view in a flood of sludgy riffs...

Julia Jacklin – ‘Crushing’ review

Julia Jacklin’s acoustic guitar and vocals-led second record ‘Crushing’ might take a raw, no-frills approach, but it captures the feeling of standing tall up...

Sleaford Mods – ‘Eton Alive’ review

Sleaford Mods are taking the piss, and they’re very good it. They’ll take the piss out of everyone, from Blur guitarist Graham Coxon (described...
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