Snow Patrol – Fallen Empires

Category : Album Reviews, Music

So this is a curious one. Having heard that this was a vastly different sound and direction for Snow Patrol, I was quite eagerly awaiting something fresh and different. In truth it only delivered on that promise in possibly 2 or 3 tracks and that was quite a disappointment. That aside, it’s not bad but not exactly great either. Maybe it’s a grower, but for now…

3/5

The Maccabees – Given To The Wild

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This is a real quality piece of work. Beautifully melodic tunage. Not quite what I was expecting, but I totally love it.

4/5

Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto

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I’m really liking this – it is by a distance my favourite album of theirs. There’s much more depth and fizz on this than their previous few, and it is a completely different vibe when compared with their acclaimed debut. Well worth a listen, especially if you’ve not previously been a fan. 4/5

Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds – Review

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This is pretty much exactly what you would expect from a Noel Gallagher solo album, in that it is a bunch of rather decent Oasis songs, but without Liam squawking all over them.
That, in itself is not a bad thing, but I’m still knocking a point off for it’s lack of anything particularly original or surprising.
Another point off because though its good, its no “morning glory”. Still better than what I’ve heard from his brother so far though. 3/5.

Nicola Roberts – Cinderella’s Eyes – Review

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OK, here’s the thing. I have very few pre-conceptions when it comes to music these days. I’ll give anything a go and I don’t care if sometimes it’s not “cool” or particularly “credible”.
And so this brings me to “the ginger one” from Girls Aloud’s debut album. And, from the one who you would probably least expect to make it on her own, you would imagine this would have to be quite good to stand a chance. And errr,  oddly, it is! It’s a really different, quirky and edgy pop album and I really rather like it. And I don’t care what you think about that. So there! 3.5/5

Frank Turner – England Keep My Bones

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Having first “discovered” Mr Turner at Latitude festival last year I’ve been slowly getting more and more into his work. I keep waiting to find something I don’t like. Fittingly this guys music is frank and honest. There’s more “bells and whistles” on this than some of the more raw earlier work but it’s still maintains all that’s good about his music.

“Frankly” it’s my favourite album of the year so far by quite a distance! 5/5

Suck it and see – Arctic Monkeys

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It took me a while to “get” this album but now I have, it’s really rather lovely. It’s definitely a bit of a way from their cheeky debut. It’s dark and lusty –  the kind of album I’d imagine one would stick on when having a “cosy night” with your gal. I say imagine as I wouldnt know about such things…certainly not lately anyway!

It’s equally random and bonkers at times. “Don’t sit down cause Ive moved your chair” is an obvious example but theres more with lyrics like “that’s not a skirt girl, that’s a sawn off shotgun” and “ip dip dog shit rock ‘n’ roll” strewn threw the album.

Don’t let that put you off though, it’s cracking! 4/5

Two door cinema club : Tourist History

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Jaunty Indie guitar pop. I like. Worst name for a band ever though?
7/10

Foo Fighters : Wasting Light

Category : Album Reviews

I’ve got to be honest. When I heard the first offering from this album (“Rope”), I was a little disappointed. It’s not like it’s bad – not by a long stretch, but it just didn’t inspire me. It just sounded like “just another Foo Fighters record”. It’s not like I was expecting them to go all electronic, or throw in some beat boxing or something, but, it just seemed like a very ordinary way for the new material to land. It didn’t fill me with the excitement that, for example the foo-tastic “Pretender” – the precursor to the last album, “Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace” – did.

However, having had my first full run through the whole album, my faith has been completely restored. This is a seriously solid piece of work that just rocks from start to end. It may well be their best yet. There’s not a bad song on there (no, not even “Rope”).

I still stand by my original statement though. Rope is, for me, amongst the weakest songs on the album, so  in my opinion a strange choice for the first single, but the fact that Rope IS one of the weakest songs and still IS a really good track, says everything about this brilliant album. Well done Mr Grohl and co, you shall remain up on your rock pedastel for just a little longer! 9/10

Jessie J – Who You Are

Category : Album Reviews

You may wonder what the point in me writing these little reviews is. It’s not like anyone is going to take them seriously – if anyone even reads them. It’s not like I’m very good at writing these reviews. It’s not as though they are particularly clever or in depth.

Well, sometimes I write them because I like to write about the things I like. Sometimes I want to share something I have enjoyed with other people. Sometimes I feel I owe it to the artist for blessing me with something that has enriched my life.

In this case, it is for none of those reasons. The reason I am writing this is in the vain hope that someone out there will read this and NOT buy this crap. That I can save one poor soul from going through the torture of listening to it from start to finish in the hope that it might get good, or grow on them. And then the lifetime of regret for spending hard earned money on it, and easting at least an hour of life that could be spent doing more enjoyable things (like stabbing yourself in the eye with a fork) in the process.

This is 100% confirmation that either I have lost touch with the youth of today and am too old for radio 1, or that they are just hell bent on pushing music for chavs to the masses. Jessie J, radio 1’s 2011 Choice award winner. Geez. I could almost tolerate the sub-standard rap/hip hop tunes if it wasn’t for her incredibly irritating and grating voice, ESPECIALLY when she actually does try to sing.  Opener “Price Tag” sets false hope for an album that goes rapidly down hill from that point. Utterly awful, but just about bareable “Do it like a dude” offers some respite, but the rest is just tripe.

I genuinely wanted to like this. But, I just couldn’t possibly bring myself to even listen a second time. 1/10.