Following their meteoric rise to the top three years ago, Royal Blood stick to their guns and offer up more punishing riffage on ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’
Dua Lipa’s long-awaited debut album is extremely accessible and competent but misses the chance to be truly cutting-edge.
Linkin Park’s seventh album ‘One More Light’ is a confused and virtually unlistenable mess.
Gorillaz’ first proper album in seven years, featuring a galaxy of guest stars, effectively re-boots their sound for 2017, though it’s not as distinctive as it once was.
Prince’s 1987 masterpiece ‘Sign O’ The Times’ was arguably the last of its kind – the four-sided vinyl blowout.
Whilst some may have hoped for an experimental masterpiece, or a piece of psych-pop bliss, on Ozcy Mlody, the Flaming Lips have kept true to their Terror sound.
‘Remember Us To Life’ goes some way to changing that, but though there are new layers of sound, the album feels too disjointed to really take hold.
by Ollie Rankine Artist collaborations experimenting with the fusion of rock and hip-hop are naturally apprehensive ordeals for both musicians and fans to patiently endure until the release date. The pairing of the two genres have previously tasted commercial success within Aerosmith and Run-DMC’s 1986 version of ‘Walk This Way’ and then later, Linkin Park and Jay Z also proving its viability with their 2004, rap rock mash-up, Collision Course.
by John Tindale It has been a full decade since French electronic duo Cassius last released an album in the form of 15 Again, an Ibiza-infused celebrating house during a lull for the genre. Ibifornia, a blending of the club of Ibiza and the sun of California, is an ambitious and risk-taking affair that, unfortunately, misses its target too often.
by Ollie Rankine It’s slightly amusing to have an external view of the differing blend of continually simmering opinions amongst the ever-growing fan base behind Scottish heavyweights Biffy Clyro. Whilst the battle still rages on between the pre-Puzzle militants and post-Puzzle revolutionaries, the bizarre state of affairs within Biffy-enthusiast civil war may be about to hit overkill with the addition of their seventh studio album, Ellipsis.