Album Review: Becky Hill – Only Honest On The Weekend (2021)

Everything about Becky Hill's (somehow) debut album is injected with an urgency. An urgency to appear authentic and break the barrier between being the voice of endless club bangers and becoming an album artist who's releases are eagerly waited on by waves of fans. Somehow it's been nine years since she burst onto the scene … Continue reading Album Review: Becky Hill – Only Honest On The Weekend (2021)

Album Review: Jake Bugg – Saturday Night, Sunday Morning (2021)

Jake Bugg's fifth album, and first in four years, is perhaps his most important. Get it right and his career gets reinvigorated in the shadows of other acoustic singer-songwriters in the UK charts at the moment. Get it wrong, and he's in the wilderness for good. Can you believe that it's been nine years since … Continue reading Album Review: Jake Bugg – Saturday Night, Sunday Morning (2021)

Album Review: Gorgon City – Olympia (2021)

From the opening bars of 'Tell Me It's True', you just know that Olympia is going to be a masterpiece..... Three years after their criminally underrated second album 'Escape', the best duo in house music have returned for 'Olympia'. Would those roaming Ancient Greece have appreciated the nod? You've certainly got to have balls to … Continue reading Album Review: Gorgon City – Olympia (2021)

Album Review: MARINA – Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land (2021)

From the first few seconds of the opening, titular, track to MARINA's fifth studio album, she sounds like a woman who has regained her voice and rediscovered the punchy sound which projected her to fame several years ago. This is a seismic shift from 'Love + Fear', her 2019 album, which came across as boring, … Continue reading Album Review: MARINA – Ancient Dreams In A Modern Land (2021)

Album Review: Wolf Alice – Blue Weekend (2021)

2017's 'Visions Of A Life' was possibly the greatest album to ever be released, so how on earth could Wolf Alice follow up perfection without their third one feeling like a letdown? By creating yet another masterpiece which, given time, memories and a few hundred listens, is more than capable of fighting its predecessor in … Continue reading Album Review: Wolf Alice – Blue Weekend (2021)

Album Review: Royal Blood – Typhoons (2021)

The English rock duo Royal Blood return with their third studio album, 'Typhoons' Royal Blood have a very specific sound which is hard to recreate or imagine another band making - indeed, it is impossible as Mike Kerr keeps his own technique a VERY guarded secret. For their first two albums, although they were brilliant … Continue reading Album Review: Royal Blood – Typhoons (2021)

Album Review: Tom Grennan – Evering Road (2021)

Bedford singer-songwriter Tom Grennan's second album feels like a warm hug on a chilly night - and a clear progression of his sound from 2018's Lighting Matches. As always, Tom Grennan's greatest asset is his gorgeous, synonymous raspy voice, which could make the Funeral March sound like a love ballad. That's not to take away … Continue reading Album Review: Tom Grennan – Evering Road (2021)

Album Review: Normandie – Dark & Beautiful Secrets (2021)

In their Twitter bio, Normandie call themselves "Sweden's best-kept secret". And, for me, that's extremely accurate - for once, it isn't just a PR line. After two incredible full-length albums which combine both the band's metalcore origins and their pop sensibility (2016's Inguz and 2018's White Flag), they began work on their third album soon … Continue reading Album Review: Normandie – Dark & Beautiful Secrets (2021)