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NME review
21.07.14

Italian-born singer-songwriter holds no surprises on expertly crafted second effort

NME review
18.07.14

Fuzzy UK pair hit a whole new level of loss on melancholy new EP

NME review
18.07.14

Super Furry Animal and accomplice produce a debut awash with joyful Sixties fantasies

The Quietus review
21.07.14

What with Super Furry Animals being one of the most brilliantly consistent bands on the planet, every solo release is met with unfair anticipation and a smidge of dread. Since...

NME review
18.07.14

Glasgow duo make sweet scuzz-pop on vengeful debut

Clash review
18.07.14

Displays a duo with innate chemistry...

Spotinews recomendation
09.07.14

Hi. I enjoyed the new album by pop singer-songwriter Sia. Read some reviews and enjoy! Sia – 1000 Forms of FearFiled under: 2014, Pop, Singer-songwriter

Clash review
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Captivating, powerful pop...

The Quietus review
24.06.14

From its opening line onward, Bridie Jackson and The Arbour's second album New Skin embraces contradiction. Preceded only by her guitar, Jackson cries out, in a register somewhere...

Insound review
24.06.14

Driven by laser tight production and carried by the undeniable voice of front-woman Josie Claire Bürkle, Claire’s sound is a child of the internet, its music a pulsating...

Insound review
24.06.14

It’s been a while, but A Sunny Day in Glasgow are back with Sea When Absent , their third proper album. Sea When Absent situates itself in the science fiction that is life in 2014...

NME review
23.06.14

Gothic pop chanteuse puts her own take on five artists' songs

Insound review
15.07.14

Anna Calvi is to release a five track EP of covers entitled Strange Weather. Produced by Thomas Bartlett (The National, Antony and the Johnsons, Sam Amidon) and recorded in New...

NME review
17.06.14

Katie Stelmanis continues her streak of dark, danceable releases

NME review
16.06.14

The Canadian thrashers' third album is urgent but occasionally lacks variation

Punk News review
27.06.14

White Lung's Sorry was majestic and a work of art in its own right, but Deep Fantasy takes them to a whole new level. It never ceases to amaze how they fit metal riffs into...

Spotinews recomendation
19.06.14

Morning. The electrifying new album by White Lung is a recent addition to Spotify. Genre: punk rock. Enjoy! White Lung – Deep FantasyFiled under: 2014, Punk, Rock

Clash review
13.06.14

A bruised beauty, just short of classic status...

Under The Radar review
24.06.14

Over the past half decade, there have been few singers more polarizing than Lana Del Rey. Her debut effort, 2012's Born to Die, was inconsistent and confusing, fueling her...

NME review
23.06.14

The New Yorker treads a thin line between between self-aware irony and tragically conforming to type on album number two

Spotinews recomendation
18.06.14

Morning. From a very recent Spotify update comes the strong new album by pop singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey. Read some reviews and enjoy! (US version here. Deluxe version for AT...

Spotinews recomendation
13.06.14

Hi again. I just went over some old albums that I didn’t write about because the albums weren’t available everywhere. Then I noticed that the latest Rosanne Cash album actually...

Insound review
10.06.14

Candy Heart’s highly anticipated follow up to their critically acclaimed Violently Happy Records debut, The Best Ways to Disappear. All the Ways You Let Me Down was produced by...

Punk News review
20.06.14

Ok let's be honest for a moment here...everyone enjoys pop punk to some degree. Keep in mind I use the term pop punk loosely. I think there are various degrees of pop punk. Some...

NME review
09.06.14

Eight years on from their debut, the Aussie band return to form

NME review
09.06.14

The Pretenders frontwoman's first solo album is decent enough but falls short of her former band's classic quality

Spotinews recomendation
15.06.14

Hi. The solo debut by singer-songwriter Chrissie Hynde was added to Spotify earlier this week. Enjoy! (Note: This album is missing in one small European country. I’m testing to...

Insound review
10.06.14

This is the first-ever solo album from Chrissie Hynde, the founder and singer for The Pretenders. Stockholm is a suitably impressive addition to a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer’s...

Spotinews recomendation
09.06.14

Hello. The first update of the week is the new album by folk singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier. Enjoy! (Version for non-Nordic listeners here. A US version should be added tomorrow...

Clash review
06.06.14

At a transcendent point in their career...

NME review
16.06.14

Recorded with a 13-piece orchestra, the Swedish folk duo's second album masters the art of sophisticated sadness

Spotinews recomendation
12.06.14

Howdy. The excellent new album by First Aid Kit has been available for a while for many users and is fairly new for others. Genre: folk/pop. Recommended listening. Enjoy! (Version...

The Quietus review
10.06.14

When David Cameron proclaimed admiration for the musings of Kurt Vile and the Laurel Canyon cool of First Aid Kit, it felt like an echoing of even the most absurd spin scenarios...

Under The Radar review
06.06.14

It's a fun game to ask someone unfamiliar with First Aid Kit where the band hails from. Tennessee is a common guess, as is Georgia, and the fact that the Söderberg sisters are...

Insound review
03.06.14

In this new phase her fans will see Birdy come to the forefront as a songwriter in her own right, having written/co-written all of the 11 tracks on the new album. Over the past...

NME review
02.06.14

Ohio singer-songwriters dabbles in dark but dreamy countrified grunge

Insound review
02.06.14

Following their 2010 release The Decline of Female Happiness , Donna Regina are back with a new album on Karaoke Kalk. The project was formed by the husband and wife team Regina...

Insound review
27.05.14

Movies that claim to be “based on a true story” are often a loose interpretation, and this concept record is a bit like that. I really did run away from home, if only for a few...

Under The Radar review
23.05.14

On Sharon Van Etten's latest, we find the 33-year old Brooklynite grappling even further with the complexities and rewards of love. It's a skill predicated on an articulate...

NME review
27.05.14

The New Jersey singer tells the story of a failing love affair with poignancy and wry humour

Spotinews recomendation
26.05.14

Morning. Partly because it was added to Spotify two days ago, the sparkling new album by singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten is my top release this week. Enjoy! Sharon Van Etten...

The Quietus review
23.05.14

Tramp, Sharon Van Etten's 2012 breakthrough, came on like a tightly coiled spring; a flurry of clattering, recriminatory songs that dealt in bitterness and resentment. Not long...

Spotinews recomendation
19.05.14

Morning. The new album by singer-songwriter Jolie Holland is very, very good. Enjoy! Jolie Holland – Wine Dark SeaFiled under: 2014, Singer-songwriter

Clash review
17.05.14

She might have created a new genre: the album noir…

NME review
19.05.14

The London poet's debut is a tragic, redemptive rap fable indebted to The Streets 'A Grand Don't Come For Free'

Under The Radar review
16.05.14

ukimi Nagano's voice is a force of nature, but not in the way you might think. As the frontwoman for Sweden's Little Dragon, Nagano has a smoky, sultry R&B voice that is instantly...

NME review
19.05.14

The Swedes show glittering ambition on their fourth album

Spotinews recomendation
18.05.14

Hey. I just wrote a post about an album that I already wrote about 6 months ago so that post had to go. Now I try again: here is the new album by Little Dragon. Genre: electronic...

Spotinews recomendation
14.05.14

Morning. The lovely new album by singer-songwriter Tori Amos was very recently added to Spotify. Read this review and enjoy! Tori Amos – Unrepentant GeraldinesFiled under: 2014...

The Quietus review
03.06.14

The "return to form" is a gigantic critical cliché; most of the time, it signifies wishful thinking and a wilful denial of the empirical evidence that in pop music, genius rarely...

Spotinews recomendation
13.05.14

Hello again. The new album by singer-songwriter Mirah is also available for all users in Europe and the US as of today. Enjoy! Mirah – Changing LightFiled under: 2014, Singer...

Insound review
13.05.14

Soul music legend Candi Staton's third foray into Triple A and Americana music finds her reuniting with legendary FAME Records producer Rick Hall who produced her Grammy Award...

Punk News review
12.05.14

La Sera's third album, Hour of the Dawn is clearly a tactical strike. As strong as the first two albums were, in many ways, they still bore the manacles that brought frontwoman...

Under The Radar review
15.05.14

Cult noise-pop act Vivian Girls might have broken up this past January, but fans of the expired Brooklyn band have plenty of spin-offs to sink their teeth into.  More

Spotinews recomendation
14.05.14

Hey again. Let’s go for some pop. Here is the new album by La Sera. Enjoy! (Version for France here.) La Sera – Hour of the DawnFiled under: 2014, Pop