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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REVIEW: Cheryl – Only Human

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini’s new album, Only Human, was supposed to be the X Factor judge’s chance to show that she has found her feet, she’s starting afresh and stripping away everything to show what she’s really about. I was optimistic but, unfortunately, was left disappointed. I was hoping for fewer gimmicks, more talent and more sincerity. What I got was awkward sounding songs that you should be able to dance to but can’t; heavily edited vocals; and clichéd lyrics that don’t bring anything new to the table. It felt a little like token swears were used to try and make some…

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REVIEW: Taylor Swift – 1989

Don’t know if you’ve heard – it’s been kept relatively quiet (ahem), but Swifty has a new album out. Pop fans of the world, rejoice! Because that’s what 1989 is – pure pop. Tay’s taken a step away from her country roots (although, how ‘country’ was she really?) to go full on pop princess. And it’s magical. The 19-track deluxe edition of 1989 is crammed full of singalong pop anthems which, in true Taylor style, are all about matters of the heart, growing up and generally trying to figure it all out. As the name suggests, there’s nods towards the…

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REVIEW: Jamie T – Carry On The Grudge

Jamie T’s long-awaited third album is finally here. Carry on the Grudge is a world away from the 28-year-old’s previous street-wise efforts and paints a dark image of how the singer’s view on the world has changed since 2009’s Kings & Queens. Themes of obsession, social margins and addiction run coarse throughout the tracks – and it makes for compelling listening. It’s clear that the personal trials that delayed the album have also shaped it. One standout track is the album’s lead single Don’t You Find – tender, discreet and ominous all at once. The album’s second single Zombie is…

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REVIEW: Foxes – Glorious

When Zedd released his track, Clarity, which featured Foxes, I was hooked. Her singing was stunning and I loved it enough to listen to it on repeat for several days. So I am really excited about her new album: Glorious. Even after one listen, I knew that this album was aptly named. After five listens, I knew that this was among one of the best releases of the year. It has everything you could want. Fantastic vocals that make you want to belt along, relentless bass that you just can’t help dancing to and lyrics that make the hairs on…

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REVIEW: You Me At Six – Cavalier Youth

Once upon a time, boys with floppy fringes and a passion for singing about how much they hated their ex-girlfriend dominated Myspace alongside solemn-looking selfies and the infamous internet term “pc 4 pc”. Amidst this trend, five boys known as You Me At Six uploaded a song called Save It For The Bedroom which got so much hype and internet plays before a record deal had even been signed, they needn’t have bothered putting in any effort into their debut album – Take Off Your Colours was set to sell the second it was released. Eight years and three albums…

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REVIEW: Katy Perry – PRISM

Katy Perry became a household name back in 2008 with her hit single I Kissed a Girl. Since then, she’s rarely stayed out of the public eye, and gone on to achieve huge success with her music. Not only did her Grammy-nominated Teenage Dream album send a whopping five singles to the US No 1 spot, but she also starred in her own 3D concert movie. Katy’s pretty much at the point of world domination – so what’s next for the songstress? A new album, of course… PRISM is a collection of new songs by Katy, and is all about…

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REVIEW: Lady Gaga – ARTPOP

Lady Gaga is one of the most successful and controversial solo artists ever to come out of America. Her debut album The Fame sold over 15 million copies worldwide and had us all belting out ‘just dance, gonna be okay, da da doo-doo-mmm’ and ‘p-p-p-p-p-p-p-poker face na na na na’ every time we hit the dance floor. Her second album The Fame Monster provided us with hits such as ‘Bad Romance’ and ‘Telephone’, songs which everyone knows the lyrics to whether they want to or not and Gaga’s third studio album, Born This Way, broke the iTunes record for the…

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REVIEW: Arctic Monkeys – AM

Three men. Five albums. Five Brit awards. And most importantly, one rogue frontman, with a Sheffield accent and newly exposed quiff. Of course, I’m talking about Arctic Monkeys, whose eagerly anticipated fifth album, AM, is creeping its unique melody into everybody’s ears, and their iTunes too. The first of 12 tracks on AM, “Do I Wanna Know?”,  bursts open with a menacing beat, setting the dark, yet enchanting mood which is laced throughout the album. This mid-tempo pace is continued in tracks such as “One For the Road” and “Knee Socks”, creating an effortlessly smooth, almost lazy mood, with a…

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