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Mdou Moctar: Afrique Victime review – wild, virtuosic Tuareg blues

(Matador)The Nigerian guitarist and band sizzle on a deeply satisfying album that pays unusual homage to his early career It seems fitting that the first album on Matador (and his sixth in total) from the Nigerian guitarist Mdou Moctar should not come only in the usual formats – CD, vinyl and download – but also …

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Olivia Rodrigo: Sour review – the perfect soundtrack to a first breakup

(Universal)The record-breaking 18-year-old follows her smash hit Drivers License with an impressive debut album of pop-punk screamers and delicate balladry Keen not to be defined by January’s record-breaking ballad Drivers License, 18-year-old Disney-actor-turned-singer Olivia Rodrigo’s debut album opens with a surprise. “I want it to be, like, messy,” she blurts at the start of Brutal, …

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Lambchop: Showtunes review – American songwriting the slow and shimmering way

(City Slang)Kurt Wagner puts a midi keyboard centre stage on Lambchop’s expansive, laid-back latest Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner can’t play piano. So for Lambchop’s 15th studio album – the third in this Americana artist’s recent experiments in electronics – he transposed music he had written on the guitar on to a midi keyboard. The result is …

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Juraj Schweigert & The Groove Time – Spin-Off | Album Review

Juraj Schweigert & The Groove Time – Spin-Off www.jurajschweigert.com songs – 11 time – 51:31 Oh Divine creativity where hath thou been? In the hands of the Slovak harmonica player-singer Juraj Schweigert and his band…Duh! They blend elements of jazz, funk, reggae, bluegrass and who knows what else to deliver a enchanting musical journey. Juraj …

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Endrick and the Sandwiches – Green Room Rumble | Album Review

Endrick and the Sandwiches – Green Room Rumble https://endrickandthesandwiches.bandcamp.com/ Big in the Garden 10 songs, 37 minutes Live music is the life blood of the Blues. Distinct to the Blues the live commune between artist and audience, the physical and emotional dialogue of musical sound emanating from musicians cascading over the audience and being reflected …

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Twenty One Pilots: Scaled and Icy review – genre-hoppers find their happy place

(Fueled by Ramen)The Ohio duo’s sixth album takes their usual mix of rock, rap and synth-pop but adds more upbeat lyrics In 2019, Twenty One Pilots became the first act in US history to have every song on two separate albums certified gold, for 2013’s Vessel and 2015’s Blurryface. It’s an achievement suggestive of a …

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Olivia Rodrigo: Sour review – cathartic rage at teenage heartbreak

(Geffen) The 18-year-old songwriter makes good on her record-breaking debut single with a first album that metabolises anger, jealousy and bewilderment into pop euphoria Even in a world where streaming’s rise means chart records are broken all the time, the debut single by Disney star Olivia Rodrigo is an anomaly. Upon the release of Drivers …

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