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Adele ’30’: Album Review

After an excruciating wait …

the definitive voice of heartbreak returns.

That’s right. Adele is back. With the album portraying an emotive struggle as she stands at the ultimate cross-roads, the new sounds of Adele is fresh, immersive and simply brilliant. Becoming written gospel at this point, it’s classic Adele at its best.

There is certainly some elements in this album that may come as a surprise to some, however. With angelic triumph of Easy On Me acting somewhat of a red herring, it sees Adele branching out to new sounds. With the distorted magic of Cry Your Heart Out and the funk-edge of Can I Get It many may see it as tonic Adele-brilliance, while others may seem it as fusion confusion. The classic Adele-prowess we’ve all grown to love from the Tottenham singer is rawer here though, with these broader sounds coming to the frame. Where she may have been accused in the past for playing it safe, all genre inspirations are on show here. The bold and brash is ultimately bolstered more-so with its gospel and string arrangements that make it such a pleasure to listen to.

For me, it’s a fantastically fresh and superbly simple on making music. Turns out that yet again, all you need to make compelling music is a piano arrangement – accompanied with an astounding voice.

Although the album is being received with mixed results, I think it’s a great idea to switch up the scene and flip the excepted into something new. It shouldn’t be written in her career to always make Rolling In The Deep-etiquette. She was only 21 when she wrote that after all.

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Sam Fender – “Seventeen Going Under” Album Review

A competent, clean and coming-of-age tale for Sam’s sophomore album.

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Candid tellings with thoughtful lyric-work interlaced with anthemic guitar tonalities, Sam Fender’s journey to the promised land is a rarity in the fact that he had little resistance to the top. His artistry is yet another reason why being yourself and writing what you love goes a long way.

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Raw and slick in places, Sam’s self-affirmation of himself comes in top trumps through his lyrical prowess as he learns and reflects back on his growth.

“I was far too scared to hit him
But I would hit him in a heartbeat now
That’s the thing with anger
It begs to stick around”

Charting European tours with his ever-equivalent chart-topping debut, Fender has brought amass following along for the ride. First, the cascading of Hypersonic Missiles on the industry, now we have a more pertinent story drawn up from social and generational significance we face in the world right now – Seventeen Going Under.

With a more laid-back affair with self-titled issue, Seventeen Going Under, bitter-sweet fondness of Spit Of You and drawing attention to social affairs in the capital, Long Way Off, Seventeen Going Under is an eclectic blend of Fender’s best and most professional discussions to date.

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Frank Turner’s Return to Folk: “Haven’t Been Doing So Well”

No artist distinguishes himself quite so well between rebel and music so much as one Frank Turner does. Often consequential in design, his folk-punk-pop rebel acoustic signature sounds has made him a critical and acclaimed artist that has very own fitting niche into the music industry.

Now after his folk-flutter concerted album of Be More Kind in 2018, he’s back in full force post-COVID with his single, Haven’t Been Doing So Well. Almost as if it’s a emphatic discussion about the past pandemic envelopments, it is the start of Frank’s next story with next album, FTHC.

Provocative old-fashioned punk rock at its best with swells of Frank’s traditional folk and lyrical realism, I’m certainly looking forward to a bit of real British music entering the fold again.

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The Power of A New Album

Evening, folks. I thought I would jump on here and share my thoughts with you.

Following from my album review yesterday about The Vaccines’ recent bout of retro cities with Back In Love City, I’ve played it non stop.

Not only have I invested my time into these indie favourites, but I’ve actually invested time in their past albums which I’ve managed to missed or not invested a lot of time into. Trawling through an artists’ past work all the while going back to their recent work is a fantastic way of seeing the artists’ journey through song writing but it also allows the artist to stay relevant and in our minds – all the while benefiting from the influx of listeners, tribes of music purchases and avid watchers of their next leg of tour.

It really shows the power of staying relevant and fresh by creating new music. Especially if that new music is fantastically inventive and ultimately reinvents the artist wheel of their music. It keeps you around for longer!

I’d love for anyone to put me in my place with snarky comments like, “oh well this is why they do it..” and “it’s common knowledge about new music..” but I’d just thought I would share my recent thoughts with you!

Thanks folks.

By the way, The Vaccines are touring in the spring next year across the UK (in case you wondering)!!

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Release Radar: NEW MUSIC FRIDAY

Another Friday rolls around, and more yearning continues for new music.

It’s been a fair while since we’ve delved down the rabbit hold of new music in the industry. Let’s have a look, shall we?

Nothing But Thieves are back with their profound, raucous rock under, Moral Panic II. The smaller second act of Moral Panic is here with more disaster-abound music with 5 more instalments with the likes of Futureproof and Miracle, Baby.

WILLOW removes her attachments to the old life of hers, and goes full steaming punk with the help of punk icon and esteemed benefactor, Travis Barker. lately i feel EVERYTHING is another trend-setting punk album that is firmly placed in its genre. WILLOW screeches and screams her away to the pursuit of answers she’s been looking for.

Although not as remotely emphatic and europhic as their debut, The Hunna are added to Travis’s roster, as he inputs his name into another rock album with I’d Rather Die Than Let You In. Their third studio album comes with more darker undertones and a serious mentality to approaching metal music full pace. Hopefully, I will get around to a full album review soon.

The splashy ’70s alter-ego of Grohl enters the scene with Dee Gees. Hail Satin. It seems that the Foos have stripped away their hard-edged rock, and flaunted on stage with disco alternatives. Embracing the sheer fun and boredom of industry lockdown, they just play music because they love it. And that’s why we love them.

Hailing from Dublin, Inhaler made their presence known among the spheres of indie-rock with their new debut album of It Won’t Always Be Like This. With My Honest Face charting pretty much every ad sponsor and TV endorsement that headed the bands’ way, the album allowed the Dublin boys to achieve a heroic position in the charts, and an even more commendable fanbase as them and their music, explode. Shifting from the likes of classics, Radicals from the early 2010s, they’ve brought an adapted, fresh new sound to the world of rock.