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Review: How to Destroy Angels – An Omen EP

Veteran of hard rock masters Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor side-steps from writing movie and game sound tracks to resume work with partner Mariqueen Maandig and long time collaborator Atticus Ross, with new member Rob Sheridan as How to Destroy Angels. After long hiatus, the angel destroyers have produced an atmospherically charged and highly individual … Continue reading

Review: Adam Ant – Cool Zombie

Cool Zombie is the first single from Adam Ant’s new album Adam Ant Is The Blueblack Hussar In Marrying The Gunner’s Daughter which is scheduled to be released in January, 2013 As is widely reported, latest pop act on the come-back trail is Adam Ant, whose new single, Cool Zombie is now available for on … Continue reading

Review: Christina Aguilera – Your Body

Few singers get the one name moniker – Maddy, J-Lo, Mariah, Beyonce, and Christina (no, not Perri!). La Aguilera is back after babies and divorce. The former Mickey Mouse Club teen sensation with the big voice is back. But it feels like a ‘me-too’ knock-off, as if competing with the new girls means losing her … Continue reading

Review: Adele – Skyfall Theme

“Instructions from the producers to Mr Paul Epworth, regarding the Skyfall theme; don’t bother to write an actual song, just shoehorn in the title of the movie as many times in three minutes as you can, throw the John Barry strings in the background and get that cockney bird from London to mew through it … Continue reading

Review: Ellie Goulding – Halcyon

Competing with the current queens of British synth-pop – Little Boots, La Roux et al – Ellie Goulding is back with the ‘difficult second album.’ Only this one isn’t difficult. It’s a joy – and not just track seven (Joy). Opening with three strong tracks incuding current single Anything Can Happen, Goulding has evolved her … Continue reading

Review: Dragonette – Bodyparts

Canadian electro-pop wizards Dragonette return to some kind of form with third album Bodyparts. Dragonette is a Canadian electronic outfit from Toronto, Ontario, formed in 2005 which these days consists of singer-songwriter Martina Sorbara, bassist and producer Dan Kurtz and drummer Joel Stouffer. They frequently work with producer Martin Solveig – last year’s Hello! featured … Continue reading

Review: Muse – The Second Law

You either like Muse or not, based on Matt Bellamy’s high-wailing vocals over grungy guitar. Of late, Muse has gone through a genre-busting transformation through 70s, 80s, prog-rock, metal and pop. This goes further. Fans may be dubious; new listeners may stop and give it a try. The Second Law, the sixth Muse album, depicts the … Continue reading

Review: David Guetta Nothing But the Beat 2.0

Superstar French DJ David Guetta has re-released his 2011 album Nothing But the Beat with six extra tracks. Originally featuring worldwide hits Titanium, Turn Me On with Nicki Minaj and I Can Only Imagine with Chris Brown and Lil Wayne, it may feel like you heard it all before. You have. The world dance King of … Continue reading

Review: Susanna Hoffs – Some Summer Days EP

As if the new solo album Someday wasn’t enough, Susanna Hoffs also released Some Summer Days as a taster, a five song EP featuring alternative versions of some of those songs. Equally melodic and filled with sunny 60s vibes, it’s a near-perfect pop record. The five original songs (no cover versions) on Some Summer Days … Continue reading

Opinion: Going on Too Long

In conversation with a fellow fan this week, we touched on the fact that rock stars these days are more like the crooners of the previous generation. They no longer retire, they just keep on rocking when they ought to be in rocking chairs. They don’t seem to know when to stop, which would be … Continue reading

Review: Susanna Hoffs – Someday

I haven’t found anyone who doesn’t like classic 80s girl band The Bangles: Manic Monday, Walk Like an Egyptian and Eternal Flame remain staples of easy-listening radio. The good news is that former lead singer Susanna Hoffs is still working and has a new solo album out. I say new, you could easily be fooled … Continue reading

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