Hammersmith soulstress completes her evolution into this generation’s Alicia Keys on sultry third album
Q4 is properly heating up now – I couldn’t decide which of this week’s two uber-cool comeback albums to dedicate a review to, so I opted for both.Read more "Album reviews: ‘Colors’ – Beck; ‘MASSEDUCTION’ – St Vincent"
Don’t believe Mark Kermode: this black comedy starring Michael Keaton is a masterpiece fully worthy of its lamented ‘Best Picture’ triumphRead more "Film review: ‘Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)’ – dir Alejandro G. Iñárritu"
2344 days after their much-vaunted ‘Long Goodbye’ at Madison Square Garden, James Murphy’s dance-punk troupe finally return with a fresh assortment of irresistible gemsRead more "Album Review: LCD Soundsystem – ‘American Dream’"
Radiohead-ification of world-aware Mancunian quartet continues apace on more experimental follow-up to 2015’s ‘Get To Heaven’ ***** It is a rare thing that a guitar-based band from Manchester, UK can be said to be underrated rather than overhyped beyond all reason, but while their contemporaries Courteeners and more recently-emerging Blossoms have been embracing gig venues […]Read more "Album Review: ‘A Fever Dream’ – Everything Everything"
Nottingham’s soul-dance trio return after a three-year absence, with a sophomore album again oozing in their trademark blend of atmosphere and heartfelt emotion **** Having already scooped Ivor Novello awards and performed on global platforms including Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’ whilst touring debut album ‘If You Wait’, London Grammar’s sophomore album had a lot of […]Read more "Album Review – ‘Truth Is A Beautiful Thing’, London Grammar"
Their most poppy venture yet deserves to take these Tennessee boppers to new heights ★★★★★ Much has been made of rock band Paramore’s line-up changes throughout their 13-year career. A brief recap: they began as a five-piece, before the departure of original bassist Jeremy Davis, which provided much of the inspiration for 2005 debut ‘All We Know Is […]Read more "Album Review – ‘After Laughter’, Paramore"