ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Autofiction by Suede (September 2022) and GIG REVIEW: Suede at PRYZM

WORTH A LOOK?: *****/****

WHEN?: Thursday 15 September 2022, touring until 25 March 2023

TRACKLIST: She Still Leads Me On; Personality Disorder; 15 Again; The Only Way I Can Love You; That Boy On The Stage; Drive Myself Home; Black Ice; Shadow Self; It’s Always The Quiet Ones; What Am I Without You?; Turn Off Your Brain And Yell

SETLIST: She Still Leads Me On; Personality Disorder; 15 Again; That Boy On The Stage; I Don’t Know How To Reach You; Black Ice; Shadow Self; What Am I Without You?; Sabotage; Outsiders; It Starts And Ends With You; Turn Off Your Brain And Yell; Life Is Golden

It’s the night before Suede release their 9th studio album Autofiction and the run-up to it could have not been more perfect if more than a little rough around the edges – although that, of course, is the point.

  • Read on for reasons including why Autofiction is exactly the sort of album Kate Bush would make if she was wanting to go punk
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ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Prioritise Pleasure by Self Esteem (August 2022)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****1/2

TRACKLIST: I’m Fine; Fucking Wizardry; Hobbies 2; Prioritise Pleasure; I Do This All The Time; Moody; Still Reigning; How Can I Help You?; It’s Been A While; The 345; John Elton; You Forever; Just Kids

A cheat, perhaps? It’s taken us a while to ride the buzz to this sophomore album but thanks to a friend’s recommendation this has barely been off our playlist all summer.

  • Read on for reasons including how we’d love for Prioritise Pleasure to win this year’s Mercury Prize
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ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Masquerade by Bananarama (July 2022)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****1/2

TRACKLIST: Favourite; Stay Wild; Velvet Lies; Masquerade; Running With The Night; Bad Love; Let’s Go Outside; Brand New; Need A Little More Time; Forever Young; Waiting For The Sun To Shine

Masquerade is, quite simply, Bananarama’s best album since their 1987 hits-packed, career-high Wow!

  • Read on for reasons including how to see the band on tour this summer
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ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Bunny Mode by Jaguar Jonze (June 2022)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

TRACKLIST: Know My Name; Who Died And Made You King; Swallow; Drawing Lines; Trigger Happy; Loud; Little Fires; Cut; Not Yours; Man-made Monster

Little Fires was the jury winner in this year’s Eurovision selection show Australia Decides and it was our pick too thanks to its Beatles/Radiohead vibe springing into uptempo angst.

  • Read on for reasons including how this is good enough to find an international audience
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ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Dance Fever by Florence and the Machine (May 2022)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

TRACKLIST: King; Free; Choreomania; Back In Town; Girls Against God; Dream Girl Evil; Prayer Factory; Cassandra; Heaven Is Here; Daffodil; My Love; Restraint; The Bomb; Morning Elvis

Choreomania is a social phenomena that took place on mainland Europe between the 14th and 17th centuries where sometimes thousands of people would gather and dance into a frenzy that would end through exhaustion or injury.

  • Read on for reasons including how to see F+TM on tour later this year
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ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Wet Leg by Wet Leg (April 2022)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

TRACKLIST: Being In Love; Chaise Longue; Angelica; I Don’t Wanna Go Out; Wet Dream; Convincing; Loving You; UR Mum; Oh No; Piece Of Shit; Supermarket; Too Late Now

Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers named their band after a saying used by Isle of Wight residents to describe non-islanders, that they had a ‘wet leg’ from getting off the boat.

  • Read on for reasons including where to see Wet Leg on tour in the UK this year
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ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Tomorrow’s Yesterdays by Little Boots (March 2022)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****1/2

TRACKLIST: Love The Beginning; Silver Balloons; Landline; Back To Mine; Crying On The Inside; Heavenly; Deborah; Out (Out); Want You Back; Nothing Ever Changes; Tomorrow’s Yesterdays

Basking in these 11 tracks, Little Boots’ – real name Victoria Hesketh – love for all kinds of pop music becomes clear and even she has admitted in recent interviews that working with ABBA influenced this album leaving her thinking: ‘What would Benny do?’

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ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Everything I Didn’t Say by Ella Henderson (week beginning 11 March 2022)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

TRACKLIST: Emotions; What About Us; Ugly; Let’s Go Home Together; Brave; Out My Head; Thank You For The Hell; Sorry That I Miss You; Everything I Didn’t Say; Bad News; Cry On Me; Good Things Take Time; Northern Lights; Set In Stone; Body; Places

When we saw Henderson live in London in 2015 at the end of the tour promoting her Chapter One debut album boasting international hit Ghost we said that we expected her next album to be even more successful because she would have more life experience to draw on.

  • Read on for reasons including where to see Ella on tour in May, June and October
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ALBUM OF THE MONTH: The Tipping Point by Tears For Fears (February 2022)

By Neil Durham

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

TRACKLIST: No Small Thing; The Tipping Point; Long, Long, Long Time; Break The Man; My Demons; Rivers Of Mercy; Please Be Happy; Master Plan; End Of Night; Stay

It wasn’t supposed to be like this – in February 2019 we saw Tears For Fears for the 1st time ever live at The 02 and we explained then that we were far from die-hard fans.

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ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Night Call by Years and Years (January 2022)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

TRACKLIST: Consequences; Starstruck; Night Call; Intimacy; Crave; Sweet Talker; Sooner Or Later; 20 Minutes; Strange And Unusual; Make It Out Alive; See You Again; Immaculate; Muscle; Reflection; A Second To Midnight; Starstruck (final 2 with Kylie Minogue)

Did you join It’s A Sin star Olly Alexander to usher in 2022 with The Big New Years and Years Eve Party on BBC1 which also featured Kylie Minogue and Pet Shop Boys?

  • Read on for reasons including everything we know about the Years and Years arena tour in May
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