My Top 40 Songs of 2016

It’s safe to say that 2016 has brought a whole new meaning to “a year to be remembered by”.  It’s got to be said also that for the most part that’s been for all the wrong reason – but there’s no doubting that the year will go down in history as a turning point in so many ways. But in music, 2016 has been quiet.  Pop hits haven’t been as ever-lasting as they used to be, there were few big album releases that really set — Read more →

Album Anticipations for 2017

2016 has been a little lacklustre for music, with the charts being awash with mediocrity and very few in the way of great albums that demand to be listened to again and again. It’s a shame that in a year so beset by truly terrible new events that there’s been little in the way of pick-me-ups to help the masses cope. But the famine of 2016 will make way for the feast of 2017, and there’s so many albums coming out next year that leave — Read more →

Kacey Musgraves – “A Very Kacey Christmas”: Review

Kacey Musgraves is this decade’s answer to Taylor Swift, bringing modern appeal to country music and doing her own thing too – but it’s just that Musgraves is even better and truer to her roots. Kicking off the Christmas music season in style is her Christmas album “A Very Kacey Christmas” which manages to blend a bunch of different musical styles together with a helping of guest stars and raw talent to make something very special indeed. Listening to this album is a strange experience — Read more →

The Naked and Famous – Simple Forms: Review

In a year that’s been particularly devoid of great music, I’m delighted that The Naked and Famous have put out their third record called Simple Forms. An album borne out of the end of a relationship between two of the band members was always going to be emotionally charged, but it adds a tremendous energy to the songs that sets it apart. And it’s that theme, energy, that runs through it – from the high intensity opening tracks to the slower, but more powerful ones — Read more →

T in the Park 2016 hitlist

T in the Park is just under a week away and I’m now at the point where I can barely contain my excitement for it. It’s been a little while since I’ve festivaled, and in the absence of a “proper” summer holiday this year the three days spent at Strathallan will be the best getaway I’ll have all year. While the line-up isn’t as strong throughout as it has been in other years, each day has it’s highlight that will be more than worth seeing, — Read more →