Tag Archives: Rock

Haim: Something To Tell You Review – Doubling Down on Killer Hooks

With their 2013 debut Days Are Gone, sister trio Haim discovered a peerless juncture; one where the breathlessness of R&B and shimmering ’70s soft rock coalesced Continue reading Haim: Something To Tell You Review – Doubling Down on Killer Hooks

Royal Blood: How Did We Get So Dark? Review – Limited By Their Own Individuality

Raw, no-nonsense rock bands with real clout, especially those comprising of just two members, are hard to come by in the beige vocoder-inflected Continue reading Royal Blood: How Did We Get So Dark? Review – Limited By Their Own Individuality

Arcade Fire’s ‘Creature Comfort’ Treads a Dangerous Line of Self-Awareness

Much like ‘Everything Now’, Arcade Fire’s ‘Creature Comfort’ deals heavily in irony. ‘Everything Now’ scorned modern life’s passively destructive relationship with

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Phoenix: Ti Amo Review – Sweetly Perfumed Synth-Pop with a Political Edge

With their deserved breakout finally coming after the success of 2009’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix and the album’s signature tack ‘1901’, Phoenix’s latest record, Ti Amo, comes as an Continue reading Phoenix: Ti Amo Review – Sweetly Perfumed Synth-Pop with a Political Edge

Alvvays Offer an Alternative Summer Anthem with ‘In Undertow’

Alvvays’ debut album possessed this momentary quality, seemingly ready to dissolve in a haze of poppy, burnt-out distortion at a moment’s notice. So as Continue reading Alvvays Offer an Alternative Summer Anthem with ‘In Undertow’

Arcade Fire’s ‘Everything Now’ is ABBA-Inspired, 2017-Appropriate Wokeness

The fact that Arcade Fire’s momentous new single ‘Everything Now’ sounds like ABBA (‘Dancing Queen’ in particular) is by no means a coincidence. The Swedish pop maestros were Continue reading Arcade Fire’s ‘Everything Now’ is ABBA-Inspired, 2017-Appropriate Wokeness

Dagny Wears her Heart on her Sleeve on ‘Wearing Nothing’

According to Dagny, the best way to follow up a positively exultant, and well-received debut EP is to strip everything back. The Scandinavian songstress has Continue reading Dagny Wears her Heart on her Sleeve on ‘Wearing Nothing’

Phoenix Offer Conscious, Sparkling Disco with ‘Ti Amo’

Phoenix’s ‘Ti Amo’ operates in the weirder aisle of the indie hypermarket. The distorted buzz around the track’s intro recalls Torches-era Foster The People and the resounding burst Continue reading Phoenix Offer Conscious, Sparkling Disco with ‘Ti Amo’

Royal Blood Share ‘Hook, Line & Sinker’

‘Hook, Line & Sinker’ incorporates a number of pleasing elements from the Royal Blood universe. First of all, that opening cyclical riff reels us in Continue reading Royal Blood Share ‘Hook, Line & Sinker’

Paramore: After Laughter Review – Melancholic, Pastel-Coloured Pop

Take the title of Paramore’s latest album, After Laughter, and it’ll reveal more than you think about the band’s persisting friction. Paramore are clearly masters in Continue reading Paramore: After Laughter Review – Melancholic, Pastel-Coloured Pop