St Vincent‘s fith album comes with a pretty high degree of expectation. 2015’s self-titled record was a career high, full of inventive, thrilling and accessible songs that had Annie Clark’s unique personality stamped all over them. Given it was her best record to date, the arrival of MASSEDUCTION begs the question – can she raise the bar even higher? From the first note of Hang On Me, it’s clear that Clark has not only...Read more
After the underachieving Domino killed off Squeeze’s career for a second time, few believed Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook would ever work together again, never mind fashion a new album as credible as 2015’s long-awaited comeback Cradle To The Grave, the title track of which would lend its name to the Danny Baker and Jeff Pope-penned sitcom of the same name. Arguably superior, its confident follow-up The Knowledge is again enriched with...Read more
"You're never gonna get the girl / You're never gonna change the world." Of all the lines on 'Shapeshifter', the second album from Illinois pop-punks Knuckle Puck, this is perhaps the most intriguing. Delivered moments before the conclusion of 'Gone' – one of the finest slabs of emotional pop-punk anybody has produced in years – it's a line that inadvertently sums up the band's place in the world in just a few seconds. In a hollow and...Read more
Though 2-Tone favourites The Selecter only contain two original members these days in singers Pauline Black and Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson, with founder Neol Davies long out of the picture, at least they continue to produce quality, politically motivated material. On new album Daylight, Black’s voice is often less strident than it used to be, though she can still raise the roof in the chorus of songs like Pass The Power. She’s as fearsomely...Read more
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