Alright folks, it’s that time of year again. The countdown to Christmas has finally begun (hurrah!) and that can only mean one thing: it’s time for a bit of Michael Bublé.
It is hard to review an album such as this due to the circumstances in which it was released, but I have given it my best efforts. Back in February of this year, Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe, Jack Dakin, and their manager Craig Tarry, made headlines after passing away following a crash in Sweden on their way back from a music festival the previous day. Now a week after Viola Beach posthumously shot to number one in the UK Album Charts with their eponymous debut, it is pretty damn clear why their fans loved them as much they did, and still do to this day.
HONNE are already well-known for their unique electronic soul. They have previously been described as set ‘to re-invent babymaking music’, which is pretty indisputable when listening to their first couple of EPs. However, their collaboration with up-and-comer Izzy Bizu and latest single ‘Someone That Loves You’ is a slight departure from the likes of ‘The Night’ and ‘3AM’.
On his latest tour, James Morrison descended on a slightly more unusual venue: Birmingham’s gorgeous Symphony Hall. Considering how on previous occasions, the singer-songwriter has sold out academies and arenas across the country, it was a surprise decision, but one that worked surprisingly well.
It seems these days that it is the ‘in thing’ to hate The 1975. Before NME were splashing their photos on their front cover, they named them the Worst Band of 2014, with indie Twitter seemingly awash with berating of the band and their material. Be that due to their outspoken frontman Matt Healy, their ever-so-slightly irritating // M A R K E T I N G C A M P A I G N S // or simply that you don’t like their music, there is one thing you have to give them credit for: they are an extremely talented live band. Having formed over 14 years ago in Manchester, it is clear from witnessing them play ‘the biggest show of [our] lives’ at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena that they have truly honed their craft.
The last year has been a whirlwind for Jack Garratt. The multi-instrumentalist from Buckinghamshire has been heralded as the BBC’s Introducing Artist of the Year, and since their Sound of 2016. He even won this year’s BRITs Critics’ Choice, following in the gargantuan footsteps of artists such as Ellie Goulding, Adele and last year’s winner, James Bay. With the monumental buzz surrounding the eventual release of his debut album, Phase, the main question is this: has he managed to get it right?
If you could pardon the severely-overused pun, Dog is Dead is, well… dead. Under the new name of D.I.D – everything is an acronym these days – the Nottingham 5-piece have returned with a new offering in the form of ‘Fast Food’, in turn giving us a taste of their new EP (also called Fast Food).
When most people think of the differences between men and women nowadays, one would hope the word ‘equality’ springs to mind. The support and awareness of feminism and equality between the sexes is one that has been prevalent more than ever these past few years, with female artists such as Beyoncé and Taylor Swift being icons for strong and independent females of all ages. However, every now and then there are songs such as Meghan Trainor’s ‘Dear Future Husband’ that flip all of this on its head. With a reputation for controversial lyrics, this comes as no surprise.