A band who are more than capable of releasing a decent rock song, Catfish and the Bottlemen have also been less than adept at developing their own sound, let alone rock music as a genre. Enter their third studio release: The Balance. The difficult third album. Have they done anything new? No – and while that’s pleasing to some, it’s holding back a band who do actually have potential. Continue reading Catfish and the Bottlemen: The Balance – Review
Band of Skulls return with their fifth studio album, bringing with them a fresh mindset and newly upbeat style. Anthemic vocals and pop production join the familiar riffs and dual lead vocals, but how well do these elements mingle? Continue reading Band of Skulls: Love Is All You Love – Review
With her most ambitious album yet, Lucy Rose strips back her sound to create something stark, intimate and genuinely quite staggering. This is how to make minimal-sounding music that keeps you enthralled. A huge triumph for the underrated singer-songwriter. Continue reading Lucy Rose: No Words Left – Review
With depth, power, and no shortage of great guitar riffs and solos, Aiden Hatfield’s debut EP sounds like something he has wanted to make for quite some time, which, in fact, it is.
The multi-talented instrumentalist has created something that reflects his own personality and experiences while sounding professional along the way. A great way to start his musical career. Continue reading Aiden Hatfield: Chapter One – EP Review
With their well-established brand of blues-rooted rock back in full swing, witness the triumphant return of the duo from Ohio. Continue reading The Black Keys: Lo/Hi – Track Review
Less than two months on from releasing The Teal Album, Weezer return with new tracks of their own. With an experimental new production style, The Black Album marks a solid and perfectly listenable – though not particularly memorable – thirteenth studio album. Continue reading Weezer: Weezer (The Black Album) – Album Review
It’s been five years since his eponymous debut album and Hozier has evidently used that time to mature musically. Bold, multi-layered and ambitious, Wasteland, Baby! manages to draw from four or five genres to create one intensely unique and endearing album. Continue reading Hozier: Wasteland, Baby! – Album Review