ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Don’t Know What’s Cool Anymore by Alphabeat (November 2019)

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

OUT: now

TRACKLIST: Shadows; I Don’t Know What’s Cool Anymore; Back Of My Bike; Goldmine; Sing A Song; Sometimes; Now You Know; The Answer; I’d Rather Die

‘Got a UK deal before we finished school, Moved to East London and tried to be cool,
Top ten felt like picking a cherry, Wearing free sneaks in the pub with Katy Perry.’

  • Read on for reasons including why you should see Alphabeat live in the UK in April

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ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Charli by Charli XCX (September 2019)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

OUT: now

TRACKLIST: Next Level Charli; Gone (with Christine and the Queens); Cross You Out (ft Sky Ferreira); 1999 (with Troye Sivan); Click (ft Kim Petras and Tommy Cash); Warm (ft Haim); Thoughts; Blame It On Your Love (ft Lizzo); White Mercedes; Silver Cross; I Don’t Wanna Know; Official; Shake It (ft Big Freedia, Cupcakke,Brooke Candy & Pabilo Vittar); February 2017 (ft Clairo & Yaeji); 2099 (ft Troye Sivan)

Charli XCX is arguably best known for a song she wrote for Icona Pop (I Love It was a UK chart topper and a US top 10 in 2012) and a feature with co-write on Iggy Azalea’s US number 1 Fancy two years later.

  • Read on for reasons including Christine and the Queens, HAIM, Lizzo and Troye Sivan

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ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Singles Party by Shakespears Sister (July 2019)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

OUT: now

TRACKLIST: Break My Heart; Heroine; You’re History; Run Silent; Dirty Mind; Stay; I Don’t Care; Goodbye Cruel World; Hello; My 16th Apology; I Can Drive; Bitter Pill; Pulsatron; Bad Blood; It’s A Trip; All The Queen’s Horses; C U Next Tuesday; Stay (Acoustic)

In their heyday Shakespears Sister supported Prince and headlined Glastonbury but their 15 minutes of fame was over far too early.

  • Read on for reasons including where to hear new songs All The Queen’s Horses and C U Next Tuesday

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ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Madame X by Madonna (June 2019)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

OUT: 14/6/19

TRACKLIST: Medellin; Dark Ballet; God Control; Future; Batuka; Killers Who Are Partying; Crave; Crazy; Come Alive; Faz Gostoso; Bitch I’m Loca; I Don’t Search I Find; I Rise

It’s been a good month for albums and The Divine Comedy and Mark Ronson were both vying for this month’s best LP but in the end we awarded the accolade to the Queen of Pop who plays 15 London Palladium shows early next year.

  • Read on for reasons including how this is Madonna’s best album for 14 years

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ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Love + Fear by Marina (May 2019)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

OUT: 26/4/19

TRACKLIST: Handmade Heaven; Superstar; Orange Trees; Baby; Enjoy Your Life; True; To Be Human; End Of The Earth; Believe In Love; Life Is Strange; You; Karma; Emotional Machine; Too Afraid; No More Suckers; Soft To Be Strong

Earlier this year we were at a Q&A with Marina in London about her 4th album, the 1st since 2015’s Froot.

  • Read on for reasons including why To Be Human is the key track here

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ALBUM REVIEW: The Song Diaries by Sophie Ellis-Bextor

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

OUT: 15/3/19

TRACKLIST: Groovejet; Take Me Home; Murder On The Dancefloor; Move This Mountain; Music Gets The Best Of Me; Mixed Up World; Catch You; Me And My Imagination; Today the Sun’s On Us; Heartbreak (Make Me A Dancer); Bittersweet; Not Giving Up On Love; Youngblood; Love Is A Camera; Wild Forever; A Pessimist Is Never Disappointed; Love Is You; Take Me Home; Murder On the Dancefloor

The use of orchestras in pop brings to mind for us some of music’s most thrilling moments from yesteryear: ABC’s Lexicon Of Love album, Left To My Own Devices by Pet Shop Boys or the first two LPs by My Life Story.

  • Read on for reasons including where you can see Sophie’s orchestra on tour in the UK this year

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ALBUM OF THE MONTH: Sucker Punch by Sigrid (March 2019)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

OUT: 8/3/19

TRACKLIST: Sucker Punch;  Mine Right Now; Basic; Strangers; Don’t Feel Like Crying; Level Up; Sight Of You; In Vain; Don’t Kill My Vibe; Business Dinners; Never Mine; Dynamite

We 1st saw Sigrid live last year at the 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire and it was album closer Dynamite which most stood out.

  • Read on for reasons including where to see Sigrid on tour in the UK in 2019

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ALBUM REVIEW: A Northern Soul by Sheridan Smith

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

RELEASED: 2/11/18 (UK)

RUNNING ORDER: A Northern Soul; Handle With Care; Priceless; Are You Just Sleeping; Remedy In The Melody; Rock Bottom; Why Can’t I Fall In Love; Ain’t That Funny; Sweetest Of Thieves; Listen To The Rain; The One; Don’t Beg For Love

Smith’s 1st album Sheridan was last year’s 2nd best selling debut by a UK woman, behind only Dua Lipa’s Brit Award winner.

  • Read on for reasons including where to buy tickets for Sheridan’s One Night Only at The O2 and UK tour

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ALBUM REVIEW: Chris by Christine And The Queens

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

OUT: 21/9/18

TRACKLIST: Comme Si; Girlfriend; The Walker; Doesn’t Matter; 5 Dollars; Goya Soda; Damn; What’s-her-face; Feel So Good; Make Some Sense; The Stranger

We 1st saw Christine And The Queens live at Glastonbury two years ago just hours after the result of the UK’s Brexit referendum had become clear.

  • Read on for reasons including where you can see the band on tour this Autumn

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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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