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Album: The Wanted – “Word of Mouth” (2013)

Well I guess it was always on the cards, and the writing was probably on the wall with the tepid reception to their second album “Battleground”, and their string of fleeting singles that led up to their third album.  The Wanted are going on ‘hiatus’ after a tour to support this album, though that’s probably it, isn’t it?

the wanted word of mouthA shame really, they are one of my favourite boybands of recent years, and showed repeated flashes of brilliance. They’re a lot more up my street than One Direction anyway – and yes, I know it seems impossible to mention one without the other despite a lack of any other connection, but it’s a fairly empty market for boybands.

Having hit paydirt with an international hit, “Glad you came”, the potential for global fame was too much, and The Wanted join the long list of British pop groups who spread themselves too thin for the cause of a US crossover, and paid the price. But let’s not dwell on this doom and gloom, they might still get their tops off (or more) for a charity shoot. Not to mention, their latest album is actually rather good, and exactly the album I wanted them to make. Continue reading

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Single: Katy B – “Crying for no reason” (2014)

A bit of credibility finally! Who am I kidding… but still, Katy B is fairly critically acclaimed isn’t she? I’m not so worried about that but I’d heard good things about her comeback, and I really loved “Broken Record” from the first album.

katy b crying for no reasonThis is great though, and not what I expected from her, she was a dubstep artist last time we saw her I’m sure. Instead “Crying for no reason” is like subtly synthed-up Emeli Sande song, and it’s far better than that lazy description makes it sound.

I’ve always sort of liked her as an artist but I’ve just never really been into dubstep. She’s got a good voice, I suppose I worried it might be a bit droney for a whole album. It’s not a million miles away from a mix of Keisha & Mutya from Sugababes/MKS, i.e. deep and expressive but not losing the melodic pop vocal side of it. Continue reading

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Single: Kylie Minogue – “Into the blue” (2014)

January is rubbish. Honestly what is there to be thankful for? Christmas indulgence guilt, Winter setting in, a bare music release schedule after the big holiday rush. But hark! What is that? It’s Kylie on the comeback trail.

kylie into the blueEvidently this was a New Year’s Resolution for her, get back into the spotlight. After a rewarding round of anniversary activities for 2012’s “K25”, it’s been rather quite on the Kylie front. But now she’s been enlisted as a judge in The Voice UK, and there’s a new single out, and we’re only 3 weeks into the new year. Continue reading

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Album: Beyoncé – “Beyoncé” (2013)

On 13th December 2013, a new Beyoncé album was released. Nothing inherently strange about that, Beyoncé is one of the biggest stars in the world, and the follow up to 2011’s “4” was eagerly anticipated. Except nobody knew this was coming until it was already out. It wasn’t just a hotch-potch of tracks thrown out as part of record company politics, this was a fully-formed album – perhaps the most cohesive work she’s ever put her name to – and even came with slick music videos for every track.

Beyoncé coverThere it was on iTunes, no promo, no singles, just… ta-da! There wasn’t even a physical edition until a few weeks ago, and you couldn’t buy individual tracks, it was the complete package or nothing. This astounding gamble paid off in a big way, topping the US charts with her biggest first week sales – in 3 days – and ultimately one of the biggest albums of the year a few weeks later. The story played out similarly worldwide.

The best bit is… it’s a brilliant album. If I didn’t expect Team Beyoncé to come up with such a kamikaze album campaign, it was almost more surprising that it’s such a good album. I don’t think I’ve ever REALLY taken to a Beyoncé album; “I am… Sasha Fierce” was her blockbuster but rather hit & miss, the bizarrely-named “B’Day” always has a place in my heart too, but I don’t think she’s had an album I’d happily listen to in one sitting, no skipping, and even want to go around again straight away. But here we are. Continue reading

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Album: Icona Pop – “This is… Icona Pop” (2013)

I updated my iPod with a clutch of new albums last weekend to start off 2014 with plenty to write about, and yet I haven’t quite made the most of that at work this week. So the unusual (for me) source of an album review now is a disc I’ve been playing a lot in the car.

Not exactly a revolutionary way to listen to music, but I don’t think I’ve ever used it to ‘break in’ a new album. But at a slim 33 minutes, Icona Pop’s debut album has seen several rotations during my daily commute this week. Making waves in 2013 with their debut worldwide hit “I love it”, this pair of Swedish punky-pop girls have yet to capitalise with a second hit. How will a whole album fare then? Continue reading

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