ALBUM REVIEW: Palo Santo by Years & Years

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

OUT: 6/7/18

TRACKLIST: Sanctify; Hallelujah: All For You; Karma; Hypnotised; Rendezvous; If You’re Over Me; Preacher; Lucky Escape; Palo Santo; Here; Howl; Don’t Panic; Up In Flames

It’s been no secret that Years & Years have been struggling to follow up their 2015 chart-topping album Communion and now it’s here¬†Palo Santo sounds more like frontman Olly Alexander’s debut solo album.

  • Read on for reasons including details of Tuesday’s album launch party

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ALBUM REVIEW: High As Hope by Florence And The Machine

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

OUT: 29/6/18

TRACKLIST: June; Hunger; South London Forever: Big God; Sky Full Of Song; Grace: Patricia; 100 Years; The End Of Love: No Choir

Third album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful was our favourite of 2015 and Florence And The Machine’s Glastonbury Festival set was our highlight of that year for us, so High As Hope has a lot to live up to.

  • Read on for reasons including how the bombast of their last album is turned down

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ALBUM REVIEW: Mind Expansion by THANKS

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

OUT (in the UK): 16/3/18

TRACKLIST: Mind Expansion; I Can Get; Sunshine; Boney’s Theme; Dizzy; Livin’ My Life; Drive In; New Brew; Good Thing; Peace Out

Great Danes Alphabeat brought their pop fizz to three fantastic albums and bowed out of the charts all too prematurely.

  • Read on for reasons including why this is the best pop album of 2018 so far

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ALBUM REVIEW: Home Counties by Saint Etienne

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

OUT: now

TRACKLIST: The Reunion; Something New; Magpie Eyes; Whyteleafe; Dive; Church Pew Furniture Restorer; Take It All In; Popmaster; Underneath The Apple Tree; Out Of My Mind; After Hebden; Breakneck Hill; Heather; Sports Report; Train Drivers In Eyeliner; Unopened Fanmail; What Kind Of World; Sweet Arcadia; Angel Of Woodhatch

Saint Etienne are now out on tour, we’ve had a look at a recent setlist and are disappointed that only five songs from this impressive collection made it to their current live shows.

  • Read on for reasons including why this album evokes early Saint Etienne LPs

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ALBUM REVIEW: Pollinator by Blondie

WORTH A LOOK: ****

OUT: now

TRACKLIST: Doom Or Destiny; Long Time; Already Naked; Fun; My Monster; Best Day Ever; Gravity; When I Gave Up On You; Love Level; Too Much; Fragments

Q: What do Joan Jett, Charli XCX, Sia, Nick Valensi (The Strokes), Dev Hynes and Johnny Marr all have in common?

  • Read on for reasons including our highlights of Blondie’s 11th studio LP

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ALBUM REVIEW: Tears On The Dancefloor by Steps

WORTH A LOOK: ****

OUT: now

TRACKLIST: Scared Of The Dark; You Make Me Whole; Story Of A Heart; Happy; No More Tears On The Dancefloor; Firefly; Space Between Us; Glitter And Gold; Neon Blue; I Will Love Again; Scared Of the Dark (Wideboys In the Shadows Vocal Mix); Story Of A Heart (7th Heaven Radio Mix)

‘Did he see me? Or did I just imagine it all? Putting a face on a stranger, a face I find more and more hard to recall.’

  • Read on for reasons including why this is the best ‘proper’ album by Steps

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ALBUM REVIEW: Eventide by Lilac Lungs

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

OUT: 12/5/17

TRACKLISTING: All I Have; Circle; Fallen For Your Face; Fine; Guard Dog; Next To Nothing; Uh Oh; Us Vs Ourselves; Welcome To The Fallout; Young Warrior

The best place to start describing the beauty of this debut album by Detroit indie band Lilac Lungs is probably with lead singer Emily Torres’ ethereal vocal.

  • Read on for reasons including the video for single Next To Nothing

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ALBUM REVIEW: Silver Eye by Goldfrapp

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

OUT: 31/3/17

TRACKLISTING: Anymore; Systemagic; Tiger Man; Become The One; Faux Suede Drifter; Zodiac Black; Beast That Never Was; Everything Is Never Enough; Moon In Your Mouth; Oceans

We saw Goldfrapp at Camden Roundhouse this week and they played six of these 10 tracks there.

  • Read on for reasons including why we can’t wait for Goldfrapp’s Glastonbury set

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ALBUM REVIEW: Glory Days by Little Mix

WORTH A LOOK?: ***

OUT: now

TRACKLIST: Shout Out To My Ex; Touch; F.U; Oops; You Gotta Not; Down And Dirty; Power; Your Life; Nobody Like You; No More Sad Songs; Private Show; Nothing Else Matters

Shout Out To My Ex was everything we wanted from a lead-off single for this, their fourth album.

  • Read on for reasons including details of the Glory Days world tour

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ALBUM REVIEW: Joanne by Lady Gaga

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

OUT: 21/10

TRACKLIST: Diamond Heart; A-Yo; Joanne; John Wayne; Dancin’ In Circles; Perfect Illusion; Million Reasons; Sinner’s Prayer; Come To Mama; Hey Girl; Angel Down; Grigio Girls; Just Another Day; Angel Down (work tape)

The campaign to encourage Lady Gaga to headline next year’s Glastonbury starts right here.

  • Read on for the 14 reasons why Lady Gaga would be the perfect act to follow in Adele’s footsteps

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