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Fletcher – ‘Girl of My Dreams’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Carlos de la Reina On her first – and, to date, only – Billboard Hot 100 hit, “Undrunk,” Cari Fletcher defined her brand of songwriting; slinky, melodic synth-pop that’s unabashedly explicit without being sensationalist or voyeuristic. On her debut LP, Girl Of My Dreams, Fletcher combines a more commercial than ever sound with… Read more

Harry Styles – ‘Harry’s House’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Lillie Eiger Harry Styles sees himself as the next great rock legend; he covers classics from the idols he seeks to emulate, and he subverts gender norms by wearing dresses on magazine covers – drawing, for better or for worse, comparisons to the late Kurt Cobain. Styles’ solo debut single “Sign of the… Read more

Måneskin: Rock & Roll’s Great Glam of Hope

Photo Credit: Gabriele Giussani This deep into the 21st century, one could be forgiven if they felt as though rock and roll were now, finally, well and truly dead. Turn on the radio now, anywhere in the world, you will get a thousand examples of homogenized pop in almost as many languages, electronic dance music… Read more

Little Mix – ‘Confetti’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Columbia Records British girl group Little Mix remains one of the UK’s most guilty pleasures. Hailing as the only female band to win Simon Cowell’s coveted X-Factor reality show in 2011, the former quartet has since sparked a solid amount of commercial success. From starting out with 2012’s debut DNA, to… Read more

Niall Horan – ‘Heartbreak Weather’ Album Review

Photo Credit: Dean Martindale The timing of this release is somewhat perfect, clocking at 10 years since Horan’s appearance on The X Factor UK. Little did any of us know that he would go on to be a part of one of the world’s biggest boy bands of the century. Now, with the blissful One… Read more