Reviews

Arctic Monkeys – ‘The Car’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Zackery Michael On their seventh studio album The Car, the Arctic Monkeys continue the musical road trip that they set out on with their previous release, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino (2018). The Sheffield, England quartet which became known (and renowned) for their brand of fast, kinetic, mile-a-minute Britpop delivered with a punk… Read more

Zach Bryan – ‘American Heartbreak’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Kristín Braga Wright Though you wouldn’t necessarily know it from listening to country radio, women have spent the last few years carrying the genre on their backs. While Sam Hunt has been delivering toxically masculine lyrics over awkward genre fusions and Walker Hayes has been making bro-country Applebees jingles, Margo Price has been… Read more

Amanda Shires – ‘Take It Like a Man’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Michael Schmelling  The best song on Amanda Shires’ eighth solo album, “Everything Has It’s Time” is a kaleidoscopic collection of memories jarringly placed alongside dispatches from the present day. The song captures love in a state of irreversible disrepair and in doing so heart-wrenchingly captures all that has been. “There was a time… Read more

Alvvays – ‘Blue Rev’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Eleanor Petry Taking its title from a popular alcoholic beverage of her youth, Molly Rankin and her band members reach new heights on their delayed third album. “’cause we’re always…,” Molly Rankin assures halfway through a sentence on the second track of Alvvays’ new record, almost as if she felt a reminder could… Read more

Chat Pile – ‘God’s Country’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Bayley Hanes Inspired by recent events – the Trump Presidency, Brexit, the pandemic, the climate crisis – many a rock band has tried to put to words the frightening reality of living in the modern world. Black Midi gave into chaos on the madness-inducing, disillusionment anthem “Welcome To Hell,” while Viagra Boys so… Read more

Dean Lewis – ‘The Hardest Love’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Kent Tarver It worked for Ed Sheeran, it worked for Shawn Mendes, and it worked for Tom Odell. Dean Lewis’ Australian heritage sets him apart from the rest, but apart from this not much else sets him apart from his peers. What does the late ‘80s Mercedes-Benz on the front cover represent? Hour-long,… Read more

Beth Orton – ‘Weather Alive’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Eliot Lee Hazel “Almost makes me wanna cry // The weather’s so beautiful outside,” cries Beth Orton on the title track, and lead single, for her newest album, Weather Alive. It’s a sentiment that echoes across the LP’s 45 minutes – how small moments of beauty can evoke such heightened emotional responses. The… Read more

CMAT – ‘If My Wife New I’d Be Dead’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Sarah Doyle Badged “Irish alt-country,” this might turn you off. That would be a mistake. CMAT’s hilarious debut is one of 2022’s most remarkable achievements. 26-year-old Ciara Mary-Alice Thompson describes herself as a mix between Dolly Parton, Katy Perry, and Weird “Al” Yankovic. If that sounds like an unbelievable fusion, nothing could be… Read more

Rosalía – ‘MOTOMAMI’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Daniel Sannwald “Una mariposa, yo me transformo…Me contradigo, yo me transformo // Soy to’a’ la’ cosa’, yo me transforma,” sings Rosalía on the opener, “Saoko” to her third studio LP Motomami. In English, the lyrics translate to “Like a butterfly, I transform… I contradict myself, I transform // I’m everything, I transform.” It’s… Read more

Little Simz – ‘NO THANK YOU’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Roberto Ricciuti/Redferns Following up on an album like Sometimes I Might Be Introvert is an unenviable task by anyone’s standard. Little Simz Mercury Prize-winning fourth album was an orchestral, genre-mashing masterpiece filled with expert story-telling – upon release, it was widely compared to the likes of Lauryn Hill’s Miseducation and Kendrick Lamar’s To… Read more