Music Reviews


Billy Bragg - Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone

On Black Friday, Red Wedge founder Billy Bragg played highlights from the "first pandemic Blues album of our times" and much, much more as he delighted the audience at The Leas Cliff Hall in Folkestone.

By Andrew Lockwood on 30 November 2021

Billy Bragg

Adele - '30' Album Review

After six years, one failed marriage, one lingering pandemic, one well documented divorce and a lot of soul searching, Adele's fourth full length studio album - '30' was finally released on 19th November.

By Andrew Lockwood on 20 November 2021

Adele

This Is The Kit: The Quarterhouse, Folkestone 03/11/2021

On a wet and windy night down on the South-East coast This Is The Kit brought a welcoming warmth into Folkestone's Quarterhouse with their imaginative array of tender and gentle folk songs.

By Andrew Lockwood on 06 November 2021

Marissa Nadler: 'The Path Of The Clouds' Album Review

The phrase 'fabulous at forty' can most definitely be applied to singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler as she has written, recorded and produced her best work to date on her new album - 'The Path Of The Clouds'.

By Andrew Lockwood on 25 October 2021

Marissa Nadler

Laura Marling: Brighton Dome - 19th October 2021

In the four-and-a-half years since Laura Marling last toured alone, not only has she given many on-line guitar tutorials but she has also released yet another Mercury Prize nominated album and collaborated with Mike Lindsay on two LUMP albums.

By Andrew Lockwood on 21 October 2021

Laura Marling

audiobooks - Astro Tough Album Review

After a three year wait audiobooks are back with a follow up to their extraordinary debut album 'Now!(in a minute)' with the release of their second album - 'Astro Tough'.

By Andrew Lockwood on 29 September 2021

Angel Olsen: 'Aisles' EP Review

It's a brave artist that chooses five iconic tracks from wildly different acts and gives them a significant, contemporary make-over as they attempt to re-interpret them with a fresh prospective.

By Andrew Lockwood on 22 August 2021

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Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever Album Review

Happier Than Ever is one of the most highly anticipated album releases of the year, which puts an awful lot of pressure on a woman who’s faced more than enough criticism and scrutiny over the past two years.

By Holly Mosley on 30 July 2021

Billie Eilish

John Grant - Boy From Michigan Album Review

11 years after he released his stunning debut solo album 'Queen Of Denmark', John Grant is back to his brilliant best with his fifth studio album, 'Boy From Michigan'.

By Andrew Lockwood on 24 June 2021

John Grant

Liz Phair - Soberish album review

'Whip-Smart' artist Liz Phair has just released her first new full length album in over a decade with her latest record, 'Soberish'.

By Andrew Lockwood on 07 June 2021

Liz Phair

Biig Piig - The Sky Is Bleeding EP review

Jessica Smyth, aka Biig Piig, releases her biggest, and arguably best, collection of songs to date with her new six track EP, 'The Sky Is Bleeding'.

By Andrew Lockwood on 25 May 2021

St. Vincent - Daddy's Home Album Review

We don't think it's too much of a stretch to say that Daddy's Home by St. Vincent will be one of the more memorable albums of the year.

By Holly Mosley on 14 May 2021

St. Vincent

Girl In Red - 'if i could make it go quiet' album review

Girl In Red has been sharing her brand of DIY Scandi-Indie-Pop for just over four years now and with each subsequent release she seems to be getting a bigger and bigger following.

By Andrew Lockwood on 30 April 2021

Billie Eilish - Your Power single review

We love you Billie, but you're better than a Phoebe Bridgers tribute act.

By Andrew Lockwood on 30 April 2021

Billie Eilish

Emily Loizeau - Working Class Hero single review

'L'autre Bout Du Monde' singer Emily Loizeau follows in some great footsteps as she sets about making John Lennon's 'Working Class Hero' all her own.

By Andrew Lockwood on 27 April 2021

John Lennon

London Grammar - Californian Soil Album Review

London Grammar are back sounding bigger, better and bolder than ever with their first album in nearly four years, 'Californian Soil'.

By Andrew Lockwood on 20 April 2021

London Grammar

The Offspring - Let The Bad Times Roll Album Review

The return of The Offspring with Let The Bad Times Roll feels timely if not for the recent resurrection of pop punk, but for the absolute disaster of a time we're currently living in.

By Holly Mosley on 16 April 2021

The Offspring

Raf Rundell - O.M. Days Album Review

Just over three years since the release of his first full length solo album, Stop Lying, Raf Rundell makes a very welcome return with his latest, O.M. Days.

By Andrew Lockwood on 05 April 2021

Maximo Park - Nature Always Wins Album Review

Maximo Park return with their first full length studio album in nearly four years as they release 'Nature Always Wins'.

By Andrew Lockwood on 23 February 2021

Maximo Park

Lost Horizons - In Quiet Moments Album Review

Yes, I know, it's far too early to call out contenders for the Top Ten Albums of 2021 but, if 'In Quiet Moments' by Lost Horizons doesn't feature I'll be more than a tad amazed.

By Andrew Lockwood on 22 February 2021

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Smith & Burrows - Only Smith & Burrows is Good Enough Album Review

Smith & Burrows, aka Tom Smith and Andy Burrows, release their second album in a decade with 'Only Smith & Burrows Is Good Enough'.

By Andrew Lockwood on 15 February 2021

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A A Williams - Songs From Isolation Album Review

A A Williams follows up last year's album 'Forever Blue' with her latest release, 'Songs From Isolation', a collection of songs she recorded during the first lockdown of 2020.

By Andrew Lockwood on 08 February 2021

Baio - Dead Hand Control Album Review

Chris Baio, renowned Vampire Weekend bassist, follows up his critically acclaimed 2017 album, Man Of The World, with his third full length solo release, Dead Hand Control.

By Andrew Lockwood on 27 January 2021

Goat Girl - On All Fours Album Review

Goat Girl follow up their terrific eponymous debut album from 2018 with their second, 'On All Fours'.

By Andrew Lockwood on 23 January 2021

Katie Kittermaster - Lukewarm Lover Single Review

Katie Kittermaster, a twenty year old singer-songwriter from The Garden Of England, releases her latest single, 'Lukewarm Lover' on Revanche Records this week.

By Andrew Lockwood on 22 January 2021

LUMER - Disappearing Act EP Review

Post-Punk foursome LUMER are set to release their debut EP, 'Disappearing Act' on January 29th.

By Andrew Lockwood on 15 January 2021

Shame - Drunk Tank Pink Album Review

Almost three years to the day that Shame released their visceral debut album Songs Of Praise they are releasing the follow up, Drunk Tank Pink.

By Andrew Lockwood on 11 January 2021

Sleaford Mods - Spare Ribs Album Review

Spare Ribs, Sleaford Mods sixth full length studio album, is a thirteen track record born out of a social commentary that forms the very ethos of the band.

By Andrew Lockwood on 07 January 2021

Sleaford Mods

Four Tet - Parallel and 871 Album Review

Kieran Hebden, aka Four Tet, released not one but two albums, 'Parallel' and '871', simultaneously on Christmas Day.

By Andrew Lockwood on 30 December 2020

Four Tet

Playboi Carti - Whole Lotta Red Album Review

Playboi Carti decided that Christmas Day was the day to give all of his fans a present rather than his own son Onyx as he released his latest album, 'Whole Lotta Red' just as Santa was making his rounds.

By Andrew Lockwood on 26 December 2020

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Taylor Swift - Evermore Album Review

Evermore follows just five months after Folklore; the result of a fruitful creative experience that just never seemed to end for Taylor Swift and her team.

By Holly Mosley on 11 December 2020

Taylor Swift

Yungblud - Weird! Album Review

Yungblud's latest album Weird! just won't settle into any one genre.

By Holly Mosley on 04 December 2020

Yungblud

Stabbing Westward - Dead And Gone EP Review

As shock comebacks go, the return of Stabbing Westward after 19 years, maybe this year's biggest.

Posted 04 December 2020

Stabbing Westward

Fritz von Runte - The Last Album Review

Having not released a record of original material for 11 years, Fritz von Runte fans were excited to hear he was back with his new LP, The Last Album.

By Daniel Falconer on 07 November 2020

Al-Qasar - Miraj EP Review

Mostly known in North America for his work with psych-rock outfit Blaak Heat, Thomas Attar Bellier is back with this completely new musical project and direction.

Posted 06 November 2020

Jamie Lenman - King of Clubs EP Review

Since returning to his musical ventures in 2013, the former Reuben vocalist has become a valuable member of the British alt-rock scene.

Posted 27 October 2020

I Don't Know How But They Found Me - Razzmatazz Album Review

After I Don't Know How But They Found Me (iDKHOW) released their 1981 Extended Play back in 2018, we had quite a strong idea about what to expect for their debut album Razzmatazz.

By Holly Mosley on 23 October 2020

Beabadoobee - Fake It Flowers Album Review

We're not really sure what we were expecting from Filipino-British singer-songwriter Beabadoobee's debut studio album Fake It Flowers, but it certainly wasn't this.

By Holly Mosley on 22 October 2020

The Struts - Strange Days Album Review

We truly are living some "Strange Days" right now, so The Struts' third output feels like one of the most appropriate albums we've heard all year.

By Holly Mosley on 16 October 2020

The Struts

WE ARE CHAOS - Marilyn Manson Album Review

We were actually quite excited about Marilyn Manson's WE ARE CHAOS. The question is whether or not we were sorely disappointed...

By Holly Mosley on 11 September 2020

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Fenne Lily - Breach Album Review

Nearly two and a half years since the release of her arresting debut album 'On Hold', Fenne Lily returns with her second album 'Breach'.

By Andrew Lockwood on 07 September 2020

Mark Lanegan - Straight Songs Of Sorrow Album Review

Mark Lanegan's 'Straight Songs Of Sorrow' follows last year's release 'Somebody's Knocking' and is inspired by his own life and his memoir 'Sing Backwards And Weep'

By Andrew Lockwood on 04 May 2020

Mark Lanegan

Joan As Police Woman - Cover Two Album Review

Joan's 2020 release, 'Cover Two', includes artists from Neil Young to Blur and Talk Talk to Outkast.

By Andrew Lockwood on 30 April 2020

Joan as Police Woman

BC Camplight - Shortly After Take Off Album Review

On BC Camplight's latest album, 'Shortly After Take Off', he has once again tapped into his genius and produced some wonderfully weird and wonky songs.

By Andrew Lockwood on 09 April 2020

BC Camplight

How the Mifo O5 PRO earbuds made us cordless converts [REVIEW]

The Mifo O5 PROs are some of the most durable wireless earbuds on the market and we can't recommend them enough.

By Holly Mosley on 09 April 2020

Laura Marling - Song For Our Daughter Album Review

Laura Marling's latest album 'Song For Our Daughter' was due for release later this year, until Marling announced that she had decided to bring the release forward.

By Andrew Lockwood on 07 April 2020

Laura Marling

Celine Dion - The Courage World Tour 2020 Live Review

Celine Dion is an extremely successful singer, who built her career with the best-known hits and her unique characteristics. Ever since her first show and her first single, Celine Dion has been the most demanded Canadian artist on the big...

By Lenny Barksdale on 06 April 2020

Purity Ring - Womb Album Review

It's been five years since Purity Ring released Another Eternity, but little has changed in their overall sound and macabre lyrical themes now that they are here with Womb.

By Holly Mosley on 03 April 2020

Purity Ring

Anna Burch - If You're Dreaming Album Review

Just over two years since the release of her vibrant debut album, Anna Burch is back with her second full-length album: 'If You're Dreaming'.

By Andrew Lockwood on 02 April 2020

The Chats - High Risk Behaviour Album Review

The Chats' debut album High Risk Behaviour is the most punk thing we've heard in years.

By Holly Mosley on 27 March 2020

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Upcoming Releases: Our Favourite Five New Albums Due Out In November 202130

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Is ABBA... cool? The group’s most unexpected fans confess their devotion

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Halloween Hootenanny: Witchy songs for your spooky playlist

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These deliciously witchy tunes are perfect for Halloween.

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Album Of The Week: The 19th Anniversary Of The Eponymous Debut Album By Transplants

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After 'Life Won't Wait', and in between 'Rancid 5' and 'Indestructible', Tim Armstrong somehow found time to form his new band - Transplants, and record...

Go easy on us! The five most tear-jerking Adele songs

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