Thoughts On… Blaenavon, Future Islands, Laura Marling, Real Estate and Rose Elinor Dougall

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!

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Thoughts On… Gorillaz’s ‘Humanz’

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?

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A Look Back On… U2’s ‘Pop’

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.

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