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ALBUM REVIEWS

Album Review: Gary Clark Jr. - The Story of Sonny Boy Slim (2015 LP)

It often takes a few listens to get into a song, but there’s no denying the sweet moment of that feeling like you've heard a new song before. Gary Clark Jr. oozes familiar, old-school sentimentality among creative production, and his latest record The Story of Sonny Boy Slim will delight most and move many.

Album Review: Fanny Lumsden "Small Town Big Shot" (2015 LP)

A glorious, warm and varied alt-country album by rural Australia’s very own Fanny Lumsden, Small Town Big Shot is a hugely impressive debut that brims with Fanny’s vivacious personality and an abundance of talent. From the get-go Fanny Lumsden and her band The Thrillseekers’ music (and on stage presence) had something special with their vibrant country spirit – from their cowboy boot toe-tapping tunes to upbeat tales that only a born and bred farm girl could tell.

Album Review: Lifehouse - Out of the Wasteland (2015 LP)

I've always had a soft spot for Lifehouse. Having grown up with the band during my teenage years and listening to records such as No Name No Face, Stanley Climbfall, Who We Are and Smoke & Mirrors, I loved how intimate and honest the songs they created back then and it created a wonderful space of comfort whenever I needed something pleasant to listen to. With their latest offering of Out of the Wasteland, Lifehouse have brought a strong alternative rock sound in their music, maintaining a consistent sound that has brought a cohesive album...

Album Review: Bring Me The Horizon - That's The Spirit (2015 LP)

Officially confirmed as seventh act for next year's Soundwave Festival, much hype has surrounded UK metalcore giants, Bring Me The Horizon, with the announcement taking place on release day of their latest LP, That's The Spirit. It's interesting to see how the band have developed over time, looking at their past roots of deathcore in Count Your Blessings and Suicide Season to having them form a solid metalcore foundation in both There is a Hell and Sempiternal. That's The Spirit show a different side to the quintet and one that took on an electronic/alternative approach with their music and having frontman, Oliver Sykes confidently showcase his singing side...

Album Review: The Wonder Years - No Closer To Heaven (2015 LP)

Oh man. No Closer To Heaven. This is such a goddamn incredible album I'm actually a little floored. I've been a fan of The Wonder Years since their first album, The Upsides, which is a fun, catchy piece of 'I-hate-my-town' American pop-punk. Unfortunately, I figured that, as the band matured, they'd kind of get lost in over-production and whiny lyrics like a lot of straight-forward, essentially gimmick-less pop punk bands do. They're a band I've always had a soft spot for, but never felt like they were my favourite band... I was wrong, I'm woman enough to admit that. I've been listening to this album on repeat for five days and I'm still not over it...

Album Review: Atomic Tom - ERA (2015 LP)

Taking three years to record, mix and produce, alternative rock/pop outfit, Atomic Tom bring a whopper of a release with their latest offering, ERA. Creating a record themselves surely wasn't easy, however the passion and optimistic tunes that are on this record are sterling. With the band residing from Brooklyn, New York, it's safe to say they were highly driven and easily inspired for ERA, making it one of the best releases I have come across this year.

Album Review: Ocean Carolina - Maudlin Days (2015 LP)

It's easy to assume that all bands start off with an influence of some sort. Whether it's from the music they grew up listening to or the people that have influenced them to start their own band, there is no conventional way of making music; you simply do it because you love it. Carrying over his expertise, frontman of Ocean Carolina, Michael Simone has had a myriad of opportunities to showcase his talents before the band's inception. Together with Simone's work in the EDM industry, what his band has produced is an album that offers an Americana feel - something that warms the heart with its honest way of making you feel like you can breathe the fresh air of the countryside. With Maudlin Days, they take you on a journey of something unique that thrives on its gentle simplicity.

Album Review: Bad//Dreems - Dogs at Bay (2015 LP)

With a name like a synthwave band, and origins in a classic house party for a mate, Bad//Dreems seem to be taking the right steps to cement themselves in Australia’s garage rock culture for the next generation. Below, Meredith reviews their debut album Dogs at Bay...

Album Review: Foals - What Went Down (2015 LP)

Foals have just released their fourth studio album What Went Down and it seems that the two years in between their last LP Holy Fire and now has provided the perfect respite. Mixed reviews put a damper on Foals' track record with the last album, but whatever lilting, lack-lustre tunes that failed some reviewers in the past have been smoothed out with What Went Down for sure.

Album Review: The Rubens - Hoops (2015 LP)

Hoops bleeds blues and booze. The Rubens tell an honest narrative of a 20-something-year-old through smart, nuanced Rock and cheeky lyrics. It’s an album for the cynical - full of heartbreak, one-night stands and arrogance.