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Rag’n’Bone Man: Life By Misadventure review – a heartfelt follow-up

(Columbia)Delicate developments are drowned out by stadium songs that mistake volume for passion on Rory Graham’s second album There’s a lot riding on this second album from bluesman Rag’n’Bone Man, AKA Sussex-born Rory Graham. His 2017 debut, Human, shifted more than 1m copies in the UK. It would have been easy to replicate that album’s …

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Squid: Bright Green Field review – exhilarating punk-funk-krautrock debut

(Warp Records)Boldly flaunting their influences, the Brighton five-piece hurtle along with huge shifts in style and pace The multifarious music of Brighton five-piece Squid strives hard to escape definition, their tentacles tangled in krautrock, post-rock, math rock, re-revived post-punk and full-on sax-vamping jazz. Their debut album, produced by Dan Carey, has a lot going on: …

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Chloe Moriondo: Blood Bunny review – mischief-making pop-punk

(Fueled by Ramen)Revenge fantasies, misfit anthems and a manta ray love song furnish the YouTube alum’s promising second album The pains of youth have been pop’s raw material since the world was new. But the current wave of teen (or recently teenage) artists is something of a tsunami. This cohort of young bedroom producers is …

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St Vincent: Daddy’s Home review – a compelling family affair

(Caroline/Loma Vista)Channelling 70s New York funk and her father’s release from prison, the ever brilliant Annie Clark loosens up on her engagingly soulful sixth album Annie “St Vincent” Clark may exaggerate the detail, tell oblique stories or get a little carried away in the dressing-up box, but her work is always packed with emotional veracity. …

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Sophia Kennedy: Monsters review – showtunes and sub-bass from sonic shapeshifter

(City Slang)Unable to categorise the Baltimore-born, Hamburg-bred artist, you are thrown into her disarming, disorientating but oddly relaxing emotional world For the modern musician, genre-fickleness is no longer the exception but the rule. Switching styles and blending sounds doesn’t simply cater to listeners with depleted attention spans – it can also be a way of …

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Coldplay Share New Single “Higher Power” and Alien-Powered Video: Stream

Coldplay are back with “Higher Power”, their first new song in two years. The track reunites the British rockers with Max Martin, the Swedish super producer responsible for dozens of No. 1 hits. Watch the alien-powered music video below.The Chris Martin-led band beamed a specially recorded performance of the single… Please click the link below …

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Van Morrison: Latest Record Project Volume 1 review | Alexis Petridis’s album of the week

(Exile/BMG)The veteran bluesman loudly wakes up the sheeple with this boring and paranoid double album, reminiscent of a dinner party with a bitter divorcee Even a man as implacably opposed to lockdown as Van Morrison – who spent 2020 releasing songs rubbishing science as “crooked facts”, mocking people for wearing masks and describing the government …

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