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Notes On A Conditional Form by The 1975

Published May 31, 2020

Notes On A Conditional Form by The 1975

On the one hand, I think this is a great effort - at this point in their careers, The 1975 can’t just put out a middle of the road album, they need to be pushing the envelope. I love that it starts with a manifesto from Greta and there are some highlights along the way. On the other hand, I can’t say that this is anything but a sprawling mess.

Petals For Armor by Hayley Williams

Published May 17, 2020

Petals For Armor by Hayley Williams

I was looking forward to this, as I love the creativity of Hayley and previously Paramore. It was clearly a well thought out project with the three sections of five songs each coming together to make a full body of work. And you can feel the heart and soul that’s gone into it as well.

Father of All... by Green Day

Published February 22, 2020

Father of All... by Green Day

Good music! It’s quite nice to hear Green Day again, because whilst there wasn’t anything particularly outstanding or evolved about this album (they’re not going to be making a musical out of this one, I’m sure), I realised that not a lot of people are making this type of music anymore, so they do have a niche.

Foolish Loving Spaces by Blossoms

Published February 8, 2020

Foolish Loving Spaces by Blossoms

This is a reliably good album from Blossoms, they have a sound and they stick to it, so there’s nothing outrageous or unexpected as you travel through the ten tracks. It’s quite short, in this current climate of longer and more self-indulgent records, but it’s good.

Manic by Halsey

Published January 25, 2020

Manic by Halsey

This is a solid album from Halsey, some great songs mixed in with lyrical interludes and some surprising guests - I was happy to hear the dulcet tones of Alanis in there.

Pony by Rex Orange County

Published November 2, 2019

Pony by Rex Orange County

I love the inventiveness, there are some great songs on the album and it’s not really anything I’ve heard too much of before. But having said that, by the end, I was a bit fatigued by the whole thing. Rex doesn’t have the strongest of vocals which is fine for one or two songs but sustained over the full 35 minutes is quite a lot to take.

Cause and Effect by Keane

Published October 26, 2019

Cause and Effect by Keane

First time I listened to this album, I thought it was really boring and I wasn’t sure I can get through another listen. I don’t know why I was so harsh on it, because second time round, it was actually really good. Of course, Keane has that downbeat air around them, that’s what they do but the songs were quite good in the end. I didn’t like the Stupid Things one, coming so quickly after a song where he’s professing his love, but other than that, it was a perfectly good Keane album.

Sunshine Kitty by Tove Lo

Published October 12, 2019

Sunshine Kitty by Tove Lo

I listened to Lady Wood by Tove Lo just a couple of weeks ago in preparation for this release, but that might not have been the smartest move. I really loved that one and I’m not totally convinced this one lived up to its predecessor. It’s good though, lots of good songs and some amazing guests. Glad He’s Gone is fantastic, though, the stand out song of the album. I think the rest of it is probably a bit of a grower, so I’m going to have to listen a few more times.

Hey, I'm Just Like You by Tegan and Sara

Published October 5, 2019

Hey, I'm Just Like You by Tegan and Sara

I really liked this one. I hadn’t heard of Tegan & Sara before, which is my bad. For some reason, I thought they were country music artists but this isn’t that. It’s kind of hard to describe what it actually is. It’s sort of pop, but grown up, very finely crafted with brilliant lyrics.

Lady Wood by Tove Lo

Published September 28, 2019

Lady Wood by Tove Lo

Tove Lo has a new album out but I figured I should do a little bit of homework first. This is considered an essential album and I can see why, it’s really good! It’s got elements of pop, dance and even a little rock, but it stands apart from others with great songs and personal lyrics.