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Elbow Giants of all Sizes Review

Elbow are perhaps an unusual choice for an album spotlight in Concrete Music. Rightly or wrongly, they’re not really seen as a young person’s band. On the contrary they seem to have built up a reputation of being something of a ‘dad rock’ band, which I suppose is somewhat understandable given that many of their…

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thank u next: Ariana’s all grown up

Ariana Grande’s fifth studio album thank u, next was released on 8 February this year, just in time for Valentine’s Day. But some of her upbeat songs have sad undertones: tracks like ghostin’, imagine, in my head, bloodline and fake smile all share the realities of post-breakup anxiety and the thoughts about a future that…

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James Blake: a return to his roots

In his recent record, James Blake returns to his own unique realm of soul-influenced electronic R&B. In Assume Form, Blake’s voice is used as an instrument to form complex layers of leading vocals and backing vocals, occasionally appearing to sing a duet with himself through the heavy use of auto-tune on his already impressive range….

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The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships

The first of two instalments in The 1975’s Music for Cars double album has been lauded for weeks now, but that won’t stop us from adding our praise to the chorus. The band’s third full-length starts off in the same vein as their others, treating us with a third variant on their opening track, The…

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Best of 2018

Best album: Foxing – Nearer My God Less than four hours before Nearer My God dropped, I was chatting to Foxing frontman Conor Murphy; he was bricking it. The album is a delve into apocalyptic paranoia completely unlike anything that the St Louis indie outfit had done before. Opening the show with Grand Paradise, the…

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Shame Review

Cheers subside, the crowd crackles electric. A single spotlight has snapped on, silhouetting through piped smoke guitarist Sean Coyle-Smith. Backlit, he lets the room hang like this a moment – then he carves into Dust on Trial, the opener to debut LP Songs of Praise. The riff builds to a crescendo, heart rates rise, the…

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