REVIEW: Concrete and Gold, Foo Fighters

Fasten your seatbelts – Dave Grohl and co. are back. The Foo Fighters have just released their ninth studio album, Concrete and Gold – but do the American rockers still have what it takes? In short, yes – yes they most definitely do. You would be forgiven in thinking Concrete and Gold is a mellow venture for the Foo’s with opening track T-Shirt but don’t be fooled. Concrete and Gold is a powerhouse of classic rock anthems – there’s no denying Dave Grohl knows how to keep the wheels turning. Track two brings the tone of the album to the…

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REVIEW: Demi Lovato – Confident

Confident is US songstress Demi Lovato’s fifth studio album, and though it contains the same impressive high notes and empowering lyrics as albums past, Confident has an air surrounding it that oozes Demi’s new found self-assurance, independence, and well, confidence. Through overcoming hurdles in her personal life; opening up about her past struggles with bullying, bipolar disorder and bulimia, Demi’s new-found happiness and fearlessness is evident in her sound throughout the album. After fans witnessing Demi struggle with self-doubt and uncertainty surrounding herself and her music, it is great to see such a talented musician find themselves and be truly happy…

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Albums to watch out for summer 2015

Sometimes just one song can bring back memories of summers past. Rather Be by Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne stirs up a comforting nostalgia in me of warm days walking to and from work in Stirling, while whole albums can recall a host of recollections, with the Chili Peppers’ Stadium Arcadium reminding me of my first job making sandwiches in a kitchen. We’ve selected some of the most anticipated summer releases of 2015, so that no matter how you remember this season, you’ll definitely have some good tunes to recall.   Carly Rae Jepsen – Emotion 23 June pre-order, August 21 on…

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REVIEW: Florence + The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

When a band hasn’t released an album for three and a half years, you expect their new music to be amazing, right? After all, they’ve had long enough to work on it. Those where my exact thoughts while waiting for Florence + The Machine’s new album; but sadly, it didn’t live up to expectations. After her previous two albums, Florence Welsh became known for her melodic voice and captivating lyrics. Her latest work, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, also showcase these talents – just not to the same extent. Of course, the album does have some catchy songs, with the…

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REVIEW: Blur – The Magic Whip

With over ten years since Blur’s last album, The Magic Whip is a god-send to all fans of the quartet. With their reunion back in 2009, where they headlined summer festivals throughout the UK, many people expected an album to follow – and finally it’s here, albeit six years later. But is this album up to the standards of the eagerly awaiting masses? Does it have the same power and sound that they managed to grip in the 90s? Despite the definite Blur sound that they have managed to produce, it seems to have a very different feel about it.…

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REVIEW: Mini Mansions – The Great Pretenders

You’d do well to watch out for Mini Mansions. The LA trio’s much-hyped sophomore album has been released just in time for the hip-band-hijack ahead of festival season. Like loads of great bands – don’t be put off by their naff name. They may sound like the latest thing from Toys R Us but in reality they’re a great group – the 11-track LP is all slick psychedelic sounds matched with enough synthesizers to put Swift’s nod to 1989 to shame. Not that this group will want to have their name in the same sentence as T-Swift – these boys…

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REVIEW: Rebecca Ferguson – Lady Sings the Blues

I remember watching Rebecca Ferguson on The X Factor in 2010 and being annoyed that Matt Cardle who claimed the title. Since then, she kind of fell off the radar for me. I didn’t really hear her debut album, Heaven or her second album, Freedom. However, I’m glad that I’ve had the chance to listen to new release Lady Sings the Blues. One of the things I really like about Ferguson is the distinct and unique quality that her voice has. It’s both husky and smooth and I’m glad it hasn’t been compromised in any way. Her voice is ideally…

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REVIEW: Imagine Dragons – Smoke + Mirrors

Smoke + Mirrors is the follow up to Imagine Dragon’s breakthrough debut Night Visions. Fans have patiently waiting for the sequel to the 2012 smash and it’s certainly proved worthy of the wait. The quartet, based in Vegas, are reminiscent of Coldplay or The Killers (with a touch of U2) but project a sound that’s totally their own. Album opener ‘Shots’ is definitely one of the standouts of the record and is already a shoe-in for a 2015 summer anthem. Other highlights include ‘Gold’, ‘It Comes Back To You’ and ‘I’m So Sorry’, all of which carry the hallmark anthemic…

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REVIEW: Fall Out Boy – American Beauty/American Psycho

Flashback to 2009 and you may recall the beginning of a three-year hiatus from the band that brought us hits such as Sugar We’re Goin’ Down and Thnks Fr Th Mmrs. Fans were beginning to lose hope and wonder if they’d ever hear another hit from the four-piece again. Flash-forward to 2015, and Fall Out Boy have finally released their sixth album. Following up from their 2013 come-back album, Save Rock and Roll, new release American Beauty/American Psycho puts a new spin on the rock genre, and much, much more of what FOB fans know and love. Unbelievably, the record opens with the sound of a…

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