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 gems ***** It may never be possible to see LCD Soundsystem in the same light again after their devastating break-up – marketed as so final that fans literally travelled the globe to […]Read 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"
Third album by Suffolk’s favourite son has its moments, and feels like he’s more confident and energised than ever before, but ultimately ends up falling a bit short ★★★ It’s been a long old three years since that ginger acoustic-guitar-and-loop-pedal wielding Ed Sheeran launched the campaign for second album ‘x’ – or, ‘Multiply’. His phenonemal success during that […]Read more "Album Review – ‘÷’, Ed Sheeran"
Not a long thing but just wanted to sum up my thoughts on the near-four extravaganza of last evening! So here goes. Moonlight probably deserved to edge ‘Best Picture’ in the end, for the political statement La La Land was totally lacking. I thought the latter would probably sneak it right up until the first […]Read more "The Oscars 2017 Final Word"
After all the months of talk, speculation and ridiculous number of smaller ‘tell-tale’ ceremonies, the 89th Academy Awards are just a few hours away. This year, for the first time, I have achieved my long-held goal of watching all of the Best Picture nominees prior to the commencement of the ceremony, so here are my […]Read more "The Oscars, 2017"