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Album Reviews

Itoldyouiwouldeatyou - Oh Dearism

Itoldyouiwouldeatyou – Oh Dearism

Emo’s not had the best PR of late, with the musical output of the genre not exactly breaking any boundaries either. However, Itoldyouiwouldeatyou have arrived with a record which fuses thought-provoking issues together with a sound for those craving the nostalgic instrumentation of the old era.

Hen Ogledd – Mogic

Hen Ogledd – Mogic

Richard Dawson has reconvened with long-time collaborator and harpist Rhodri Davies, singer and multi-instrumentalist Dawn Bothwell, along with newly added member Sally Pilkington, for Hen Ogledd’s follow-up to 2016’s Bronze. He continues an interest in marrying ancient spirituality, myth and tradition with modern and futuristic tomorrows with his return, now over a year on from his universally lauded masterpiece Peasant.

Esben and the Witch - Nowhere

Esben and the Witch – Nowhere

Named after a Danish fairytale, it has been ten years since Esben and the Witch first joined forces and began to cast their spell on fans of atmospheric goth-pop. Over the four previous records, they have bewitched and beguiled a growing audience, and now it is to the mystical land of Nowhere that they take their journey.

Muse - Simulation Theory

Muse – Simulation Theory

Simulation Theory, the eighth studio album from Muse, sees them trade in their old Queen albums for a whole new obsession. Less A Night At The Opera, more an evening with Netflix and Prince. The Devon trio, never known for their lack of bombast, have moved away from gigantic guitar riffs and towards an overly-polished 80s-obsessed synth-rock sound. The results are a confused, and confusing, mess of a record.

Architects - Holy Hell

Architects – Holy Hell

When everything shatters, what then? What do you do when life deals you the cruelest, harshest hand? For Brighton’s Architects, it is a time to resist the darkness. To remember a bandmate, a brother, a twin. To honour him by channelling everything that made him and this band so powerful, and turn it into one of the most sensational, and important, heavy albums of this, or any other year. Out of the blackest night, cracks of light appear.

J Mascis – Elastic Days

J Mascis – Elastic Days

J Mascis has rightfully claimed his place as a modern guitar God in the 30-plus years since the seminal You're Living All Over Me came out in 1987; an album that (apart from the little known debut of '85) introduced the world to his unique talents, including that highly distinctive slacker drawl.

Still at the coalface of music making, and on another upward curve in terms of commercial success, Elastic Days is his third solo album to go along with the 11 he has released with Dinosaur Jr, and his first since 2014's Tied To A Star. It's a collection over-flowing with epic hooks, and distorted-yet-precise guitar solos, made almost exclusively by himself - drums, bass, piano and guitars, along with a host of guests such as Zoe Randell of Luluc on backing vocals, Mark Mulcahy of Miracle Legion, and Pall Jenkins of The Black Heart Procession.

Boygenius – Boygenius

Boygenius – Boygenius

Six songs and 20 minutes is not even close to enough for one of this year’s finest releases. Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus’ self-titled EP brings together all of their positive facets and turns it into something brilliant.

Bakers’ Turn Out the Lights, Bridgers’ Stranger in The Alps and Dacus’ Historian have each been met with critical acclaim in the past 12 months. Although there was a risk of bringing all of their characteristics together, it’s created the perfect storm.

The Prodigy – No Tourists

The Prodigy – No Tourists

The Prodigy as a band, and indeed a concept, are very much of their time. As pioneers of the ‘big beat movement’, alongside the likes of Chemical Brothers and Fatboy Slim, they achieved extreme mainstream popularity in the 90s and still continue to perform festival headline slots and massive venue tours all across the world. Despite the waning in popularity of big beat in the mainstream, the Essex trio have stuck to their guns on their studio output. Their latest, No Tourists, their first album since 2015’s The Day is My Enemy, continues that brave loyalty to the rave scene and, no doubt, provides a few new dynamic numbers that will slot into their live shows with ease.

Robyn - Honey

Robyn – Honey

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, or so the cliché goes. For Robyn, it also allowed her reputation to grow, as a host of bright young stars burst into the pop limelight, all name-checking her as a vital influence. Her importance spread everywhere, a nightclub in Brooklyn even dedicated and named a regular themed night in her honour. She was the bright star that all pop planets aligned with and revolved around, from Taylor to Charli, all over a period of eight years where she only contributed to a handful of guest spots.

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