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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Voyage by ABBA (November 2021)

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

TRACKLIST: I Still Have Faith In You; When You Danced With Me; Little Things; Don’t Shut Me Down; Just A Notion; I Can Be That Woman; Keep An Eye On Dan; Bumble Bee; No Doubt About It; Ode To Freedom

November has seen big album releases by Adele, Little Mix and Diana Ross but it is this 1st studio album in 40 years by the Swedish super group that has grown and grown on us since its early November release.

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ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Magic Still Exists by Agnes (October 2021)

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

TRACKLIST: Spiritual Awakening; XX; 24 Hours; Freedom; Here Comes The Night; Love And Appreciation; The Soul Has No Gender; Selfmade; Fingers Crossed; Free Your Mind And Free Your Body; Magic Still Exists

33-year-old Agnes Carlsson hasn’t released an album since 2012’s Veritas and that was some considerable time after her commercial peak with the international hit and breakthrough single Release Me which reached number 3 in the UK in 2009.

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ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Journey To You by The Blow Monkeys (September 2021)

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

RELEASED: Friday 24 September 2021

TRACKLIST: Dust At Her Feet; Time Storm; More Than A Miracle; One More Time; Each and Every One; Earthbound; Touching Distance; Unicorn Kisses; Journey To You; Teardrop Rock

The Blow Monkeys found fame in the late 80s by marrying a saxaphone-heavy dance pop sound with lyrics often criticising then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and it’s interesting that the muse for this 1st new album in 4 years is once again female but this time about love rather than hate.

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ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Fyr & Flamme by Fyr & Flamme (August 2021)

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

TRACKLIST: Hemmelighed; 112; Kamaeleon; Hvor Er Du Nu; Menneskeforbruger; Ved Godt Det Var Mig Der Tog Fejl; Dansemusik; Kaereste; Øve os på hinanden; Dine Ojne

Viewers of 2021’s Eurovision Song Contest may remember Fyr Og Flamme who represented Denmark finishing 11th in the 2nd semi final with 3rd single Øve os på hinanden.

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