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2022

Subject to Change by Kelsea Ballerini

Published October 2, 2022

Subject to Change by Kelsea Ballerini

Love, love, loved this! I thought I probably would and I did, so hooray! Kelsea is back, opening up her heart more than ever, but with great country pop tunes that are catchy and moving in equal measure. Heartfirst is a fantastic song, and makes perfect sense to have been the lead single off this album, but you can’t overlook You’re Drunk, Go Home, featuring two fellow hardhitters in the world of country music. Fantastic album and will be one to listen over and over in future.

(self-titled) by Marcus Mumford

Published September 25, 2022

(self-titled) by Marcus Mumford

I’m not big into the Mumfords but was curious about this solo album from Marcus. It’s really good - musically, it’s effectively listening to the theme tune to Ted Lasso for half on hour, which is no bad thing. It’s gentle and lilting and draws you in. But of course, lyrically, it’s a different ballgame. The first track is brutally honest about Marcus being abused when he was younger and there’s a current of rage that underpins the whole thing. It’s conflicting but that’s also what makes it great.

Different Man by Kane Brown

Published September 18, 2022

Different Man by Kane Brown

A good little album from Kane Brown here, I would say it’s not particularly revolutionary, doesn’t move the genre on at all but if you’re after some standard modern country, it’s a really good listen. I liked how clearly Kane enjoys making this music, and some of the standout singles are really catchy. It’s a bit long but ultimately a nice addition to the music library.

HOLY FVCK by Demi Lovato

Published September 11, 2022

HOLY FVCK by Demi Lovato

This feels like a change of pace for Demi, some real heavy moments, huge rock influence, the one track that sounds like Avril Lavigne is probably the lightest of the piece. So if you’ve come for the pop, you’ll be disappointed. But I really liked it - you get thrust into this dark exploration of heaven and hell and whatever is inbetween, and Demi’s sincere vocals highlight the trauma she’s been through but the fierceness of her determination to recover. And under all that, they’re really good songs.

Viva Las Vengeance by Panic! At the Disco

Published September 4, 2022

Viva Las Vengeance by Panic! At the Disco

I was quite looking forward to this, having enjoyed previously Panic! songs, but I’m not sure this fully lived up to my expectations. The first three or so songs were brilliant and I thought we were all in for something fantastic, but then it went downhill for me slowly until the end when it was really quite depressing. It’s never been more obvious how much Brendon wants to be Freddie too, which is a great aspiration, but maybe just reign it in a touch.

The Alchemist's Euphoria by Kasabian

Published August 28, 2022

The Alchemist's Euphoria by Kasabian

This was an okay album, good tunes, but I’m not sure it particularly stood out one way or the other for me. I always think Kasabian are a band I really like, but actually I only know a couple of their songs from previously, so I went into this with a weird mixture of expectations. It was very listenable, good songs, weird spelling in the track names, but yea, I don’t think I’d be seeking it out in future.

Growin' Up by Luke Combs

Published August 21, 2022

Growin' Up by Luke Combs

I really liked this album, but interestingly, it felt quite old school. Not proper old country, obviously, but it felt like the kind of country we used to listen to a few years ago, when we first started really getting into the genre. There’s nothing wrong with a nice bit of familiar gentle country, though, and I found it quite comforting. I also liked some of the messages in there - the first track talking of how he’d still be doing this even if he wasn’t doing it, and Better Back When, that you think things seemed better but the probably weren’t. Definitely not a groundbreaking album but a really nice one to listen to.

Last Night In The Bittersweet by Paolo Nutini

Published August 14, 2022

Last Night In The Bittersweet by Paolo Nutini

This is a good album from Paolo Nutini. I’ve liked his work in the past but not really kept up with what he’s been doing lately. It was pretty much what I expected, a mix of slow and fast, singer-songwriter good pop, with perhaps a stronger Scottish accent than we’ve heard before. Really the only complaint is it’s just a bit long, and that’s not necessarily a problem but it feels like it tails off towards the end, too many slow songs in a row. But overall, a great piece of work.

RENAISSANCE by Beyoncé

Published August 7, 2022

RENAISSANCE by Beyoncé

You know, I love early Beyoncé but there’s a moment where her music goes off the boil for me (haven’t quite pinpointed it yet but it’s there) and ever since I just haven’t been interested. The reviews and the hype over this album were so great though, it was impossible to ignore.

About Last Night by Mabel

Published July 31, 2022

About Last Night by Mabel

Mabel’s second album is very good, featuring lots of that pop sound she’s become famous for. Quite a lot of the time, I could almost visualise her dancing along with her troop on stage. Yay for pop! There really wasn’t a standout song on the album, though, a couple were better than others but no real anthems, unlike the first record which was stacked full of them. Fun but not particularly memorable.