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Every Second Counts by Plain White T's

Published June 20, 2021

Every Second Counts by Plain White T's

I can’t remember why this album popped up on my radar, probably heard them on a soundtrack somewhere, but it’s some good pop-rock guitar music to bop along to. Only a couple of the songs stand out, and I later learned Hey There Delilah was just plunked on the end, even though it’s clearly the best song on the album. Not going to change the world, but a good album to listen to if you want a quick pick-me-up.

Life By Misadventure by Rag'n'Bone Man

Published June 20, 2021

Life By Misadventure by Rag'n'Bone Man

This is a really good album, Rag’n’Bone Man delivers yet again. His voice never fails to surprise and move me and there are some really good songs on here. And yet… I have to admit to being disappointed that there wasn’t a standout anthem - we know he’s good at that with Humans and Giant, but here it’s a more gentle collection of songs.

Pretty in Pink

Published June 19, 2021

Pretty in Pink

If I’m honest, I don’t totally get what all the fuss is about. It wasn’t that good a film, none of the characters were that likeable? I mean, Duckie is fun but then also kinda creepy. The only good one in it was Iona, the friend.

Ad Astra

Published June 17, 2021

Ad Astra

This one’s been on our list for a while - you can’t really go wrong with Brad Pitt and space travel, can you? It was different to what I was expecting but I still enjoyed it. It’s not an all-out action sci-fi movie, it’s a more introspective drama, focusing on the relationships of a family, the effect of space travel and adventure on mental health and ultimately, sacrifice.

Never Gone by Backstreet Boys

Published June 13, 2021

Never Gone by Backstreet Boys

This is the last album I really listened to as a proper, hardcore Backstreet Boys fan. After this, they drifted, I drifted, it all changed. So I don’t know it as intimately as I do the first four but it was still nicely familiar to me. I like the quirky songs too, My Beautiful Woman is great and quite different to the rest of the songs on there. Great voices, great chemistry, a good album that I should listen to more!

Dreamers Are Waiting by Crowded House

Published June 13, 2021

Dreamers Are Waiting by Crowded House

A good, solid, rock album, but not really one that I’m going to remember. It’s always interesting when there’s such a huge gap between albums - not that I’ve done much of the House’s back catalogue. But 11 years between albums, what will they come up with next? Like I say, it was good, I enjoyed listening to it, but it won’t make any of my top ten lists.

No Strings Attached

Published June 12, 2021

No Strings Attached

It’s worth saying that this movie was just what we needed after a long day, so it was well received, but that doesn’t mean it was actually a good film. There’s a great cast, and some great chemistry, but ultimately it was quite predictable and very slushy in places. I did like some of the quirks, the period mix and the carrots, and the burgeoning relationship of Patrice and Eli was adorable. But overall it was just medium good.

This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Published June 10, 2021

This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Mixed feelings on this one. If I’m honest, I almost gave up after the first couple of chapters but I stuck with it and I guess I’m glad I did. It’s so lovely to read, lyrical, poetry almost, a glorious glimpse of letter-writing between enemies turned friends turned lovers. But I can’t say I really followed what was going on, what the story was, where they ended up, it sort of went over my head. It was a pleasure to actually read, but I don’t know if I got anything out of it.

Hybrid Theory by LINKIN PARK

Published June 6, 2021

Hybrid Theory by LINKIN PARK

When I listened to this album, it was instantly familiar to me, I knew it far better than I thought I did… and I love it! From start to finish, it’s raging and raw, powerful and moving, and a whole assault on the senses. In The End is a proper classic song, but there are plenty more on there that live up to it. It obviously means more now that Chester is no longer with us, too.

Hi by Texas

Published June 6, 2021

Hi by Texas

I love Texas and this album lived up to all my expectations. Sharleen’s incredible voice layered over some great pop-rock songs. I don’t know if any of it stood out as exceptional to me, but as a whole it’s a really good album. I don’t totally understand why the single Hi is on their twice, I feel like the band should have picked which version they liked best and gone with that, but you can’t argue with a bit of bonus Wu Tang Clan.