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2016

Red Flag by All Saints

Published April 11, 2016

Red Flag by All Saints

Better on the second listen, the first couple of songs are great, but the rest doesn’t feel quite so strong. I like that they experiment and don’t just go for middle of the road tunes, but they don’t all work – oof, Ratchet Behaviour.

Super by Pet Shop Boys

Published April 4, 2016

Super by Pet Shop Boys

Great start to this album, it sounds just as you hope a Pet Shop Boys album is going to be. The middle didn’t thrill me so much, it all seemed to get a bit maudlin and overly familiar. Overall listenable, but not one to add to their classic collection.

This is What the Truth Feels Like by Gwen Stefani

Published March 21, 2016

This is What the Truth Feels Like by Gwen Stefani

A good album, listenable and so very Gwen Stefani, but I must admit none of it particularly stood out for me. There’s some great echoes of Madonna, Taylor and maybe even some Selena Gomez which makes it funky and fun but I couldn’t pick a song to recommend.

Graceland by Paul Simon

Published March 7, 2016

Graceland by Paul Simon

Upsettingly long title, and the song of the same name is in sentence case when the rest is in title case, grr! Otherwise, great start and finish to the album, but the middle gets a bit wishy-washy. Instrumentals that are nice but go on too long.

Phase by Jack Garratt

Published February 29, 2016

Phase by Jack Garratt

After listening to James Bay I was hoping this would be more lovely indy stuff but it wasn’t really. It was a bit too keyboard-heavy, slightly too experimental for my tastes. Solid work but I won’t seek it out again.

All I Need by Foxes

Published February 8, 2016

All I Need by Foxes

Have been a bit of a naysayer about Foxes previously, but really enjoyed the album. All very dramatic and swooping but catchy with great beats. Loved it!

Nine Track Mind by Charlie Puth

Published February 1, 2016

Nine Track Mind by Charlie Puth

Really catchy pop that sticks in the mind. Very fifties, in the style of Bruno Mars and Meghan Trainor. Couple of good guests, including Ms Trainor. Very listenable but not a classic.