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Billie Eilish – “Happier Than Ever” Album Review

One of the biggest stars of the century is back. Stark in maturity, complexion and musicality, Billie’s “Happier Than Ever.” Her genre-defining sound has been prolific since the debut of ocean eyes, and her first debut, WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? with bad guy and when’s the party over. But this time, gone are the baggy clothes, the adolescent catharsis and the unique hair. This time, comes a new Billie. All grown up. Illustrious, sleek and sexy, Billie Eilish comes of age. And with, her first vogue cover. In what seems like a turning of age, she has become the female face of modern diplomacy, charting course for changes not just in an old-fashioned music industry for women, but the restrictions women face in every day-to-day environments.

If the album name goes by anything, safe to say, she is finally happy and comfortable with who she is, out and proud within her music, too.

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Happier Than Ever brings a more wiser, self-reflective approach to Billie’s artistry with Getting Older, which tackles responsibility, sexual harassment and reflecting the distress she has gone through within the music industry. Which to me, after seeing her grown up in such a difficult industry being in the limelight, is quite sad.

“Things I once enjoyed,

Just keep me employed now.”

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Fan pre-favourites, my future, Your Power and Lost Cause are strong contenders within an album fluxed with empowering emotion, undulating electronics and lustful lyrics that are so Billie. GOLDWING and Everybody Dies are my favourites among those already chosen, with the atmospheric space scapes making a return to her sophomore album. It’s a refreshing take on her music, shedding the skin of the angry from her debut and returning to her former modest self on her new and nurturing EP of don’t smile at me.

Worth the listen – even for the status of the artist.

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Song of the Day: Sueco’s SOS

Adding to his punk roster, Sueco enlists the help of Travis Barker again for his feature-length return of SOS. It certainly seems that Barker is yet again making his presence known within the punk world, being the leading man with the sticks. Anarchic, contorted and brazen, the triumph of punk’s return is a blistering one. And with the unfortunate news of Mark Hoppus’ diagnosing cancer, it’s certain that all these music artists and avid old-school fanatics of Blink, are doing their best to revel in loyalty and honour to one of the OG’s.

Perfect for a intrepid rock list, a scrum or a scuffle in the playground, it comes with all the tips and tricks that you expect from punk.

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Twenty One Pilots – ‘Scaled and Icy’ Review

Dynamic duo find their happy place – but falls flat within an empty attempt compared to their past work.

Much like its album name, Scaled and Icy, has flairs of happy-go-lucky fleeting moments, but ultimately feels like a hollow skeleton of their former selves.

Known for their compelling thought-provoking moments on mental health with lyrical ingenuity and complex albums like Blurryface, Scaled and Icy is not even in the same Vessel as their former counterparts.

Awash of hollow prude-pop with Good Day and Saturday, it is somewhat a disappointing return to music from Tyler and Josh. Almost as if they were pressured to release a studio album this year from their label, it is an unimaginative colourful mess, and quite a shame. The only moments to talk about would either be the singles prior to the album, Choker, Shy Away and possibly, Mulberry Street.

I managed to grab a full play-through of the album on my way back from work on the train, and it certainly made the trip a far more disappointing commute.

For me, it is just worthy of an honory mention simply for their legacy, but it is an absent contender within their integral identity.

I’ll be heading back to 2013’s Vessel. Hmu if you agree. If so, see you there.

Sorry boys, just not for me, this one.
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The Black Keys – ‘Delta Kream’ Album Review

As tough and brittle as a Rubber Factory, rock-blues natives from Ohio, The Black Keys are true realists when it comes to making the swampy work of blues-rock.

Known for spiting their differences about the music industry, The Black Keys – made up with Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney – they are a brutal force to be reckoned with as this same force goes to great depths to deliver truly raucous works of outrage, contemplation and delivery.

Their tenth studio album, Delta Kream is a swampy dredge of traditional blues-rock that harks the duo back to their collective roots of The Big Come Up in ’02 and Rubber Factory in ’04.

Despite the differences of seeing the brutish anthems of El Camino that saw the band receive commercial success from 2011, Delta Kream is a luxurious midnight-cruiser of an album that is worth every road trip in the mist of darkness.

The twelve-track listen is a stripped-back rendition of cover songs of blues artists that continue to inspire them, that ultimately remind them to never let go of the blues.

When all said and done, Delta Kream is a showing of the blues brothers-from-another-mother truly in their element. Take a trip down memory lane, because this album yearns for candlelight.

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The Return of Don Broco

After a frivolous week of promotion with David Beckham’s personal photos taking up their social media, Don Broco have finally released new music since the chaotic mega-hit of 2018’s Technology with Manchester Super Reds No.1 Fan. Heavy, dirty and simply fantastic, it is a fresh taste into Don Broco’s new sounds with their new fourth studio album set to release in September of 2021. Let me know your thoughts on the new delights from 4-piece alternative outfit Don Broco.