Paramore – After Laughter: Review

Paramore are one of the bands I listened to a lot towards the end of my time at secondary school, a pretty classic case of teenage love for alternative acts that has stayed with me to this day. The band were always about frontwoman Hayley Williams, whose powerful vocals were instantly identifiable and lent a strength to what were already songs that hit hard.  But in the background there was the excellent Farro brothers, one on guitar and one on the drums, that helped make — Read more →

Passion Pit – Tremendous Sea of Love: Review

Donald Trump is all over pop culture like a rash at the minute, and it perhaps harkens back to the conservative years gone-by of the likes of Thatcher and Reagan where a subculture broke through into the mainstream off the back of widespread dissatisfaction with public life in general. Passion Pit’s latest effort, straddling the lines between an album and an experimental EP, takes its name from a Trump campaign rally quote, but it is decidedly apolitical in its focus.  And its perhaps that detachment — 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 →

Runrig – The Story: Review

Runrig are a cultural phenomenon unlike any other, bringing Gaelic to the fore and broadening the appeal of Celtic Rock across the continent and across the Atlantic Ocean.  In their 40+ year career, they have done it all and maintained the same approachable sound that found them success as a ceilidh band back in the early days. If The Story is their parting gift to an adoring audience that has followed them everywhere for the longest time, then it is a fitting one. Being the — Read more →