This is the first of a series of blog posts to be released over the next couple of months catching up on all the albums I’ve been wanting to review but simply haven’t had the time to. As the weeks go on the albums discussed will get more and more recent until we catch up (hopefully) to the here and now. Here I’ll be giving opinions on the latest albums from Blaenavon, Future Islands, Laura Marling, Real Estate and Rose Elinor Dougall!
The world has been waiting an awfully long time for a new full-length album from Gorillaz – we haven’t had one since 2010’s ‘The Fall’ and the 7 years since have been mostly spent wondering when the next one will arrive. It’s finally here. But does ‘Humanz’ live up to the incredible levels of hype, as well as the ridiculously high bar set by the band’s previous efforts?
30 years ago this year, U2 released their seminal album ‘The Joshua Tree’ to mass critical acclaim, and it has gone on to become perhaps one of the most iconic albums of all time, – its anniversary is being celebrated with a special tour later this year. What U2 almost certainly won’t be celebrating, or perhaps even mentioning, is the anniversary of another album: 1997’s ‘Pop’. 20 years ago, the band released this album to mixed reviews and lacklustre sales, by U2’s standards at least, and the whole thing has been swept under the rug by the band. This is a terrible shame. This article will be looking back over ‘Pop’ and delving into why I believe it to be not only a great album, but quite possibly one of U2’s best.
It’s been about a quarter of a year since reviews have appeared on this blog, but I’ve been quietly forming opinions on albums for the last three months – here’s ten albums I’ve listened to recently (well, 9 albums and an EP) and my thoughts on them. More blog posts to be appearing soon!
Here it is, the final post of 2016 and the last of the big end of year lists – my top 20 tracks of the year 2016. While I wish I could say this list is exhaustive, I haven’t heard everything, so if there’s something not on this list that you think should be let me know, I’d love to listen to it!
2016 has been a rather eventful year, and not just in the world of politics. This has seemingly been the year of the surprise album, with artists of all genres trying to outdo each other on new, creative ways to release an LP. But whose album was the best? Here, I present my personal Top 10 albums of 2016…
2016 has been another year packed to the brim for us all with gigs, festivals and performances – here are my personal Top 5 gigs I’ve seen in the last 12 months!