CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: Kate Bush’s ‘Hounds of Love’ (1985)

In the summer of 1985 Kate Bush’s name had been out of the limelight for a few years; her previous album, namely 1982’s ‘The Dreaming’, had not been a commercial success, causing her to retreat into her own creativity. Her break from the public eye was to come to a dramatic end with the releaseContinue reading “CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: Kate Bush’s ‘Hounds of Love’ (1985)”

CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: David Bowie’s ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars’ (1972)

It’s generally accepted that David Bowie’s ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars’ was the peak of his glam rock phase; the album’s extravagant image embodies much of the showmanship now associated with the era and, what’s more, it acted as the platform from which Bowie would launch his futureContinue reading “CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: David Bowie’s ‘The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars’ (1972)”

CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: Carole King’s ‘Tapestry’ (1971)

Carole King is one of the great songwriters of history, penning countless classics during her career and earning herself a legacy that’s built to last the ages. She is one of America’s most successful 20th century female songwriters, being involved in 118 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, and charting 61 times in the UKContinue reading “CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: Carole King’s ‘Tapestry’ (1971)”

CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: The Stone Roses’ ‘The Stone Roses’ (1989)

Released in 1989, The Stone Roses debut was not actually that much of an immediate success; the album peaked at number 19 in the UK album charts and at number 86 in the US Billboard top 200. Where this album gains its stature is from its longevity, and from countless bands the album went onContinue reading “CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: The Stone Roses’ ‘The Stone Roses’ (1989)”

MODERN ALBUM REVIEW: Arlo Parks’ ‘Collapsed in Sunbeams’ (2021)

Arlo Parks first caught my attention 2019, when she released her EP ‘Sophie’. Since then she’s won BBC Introducing’s ‘artist of the year’, released a number of singles, and became an advocate for mental health charity, CALM. The London-born singer made such an impact in the latter half of 2019 that many tipped 2020 toContinue reading “MODERN ALBUM REVIEW: Arlo Parks’ ‘Collapsed in Sunbeams’ (2021)”

MODERN ALBUM REVIEW: Celeste’s ‘Not Your Muse’ (2021)

Few debuts are as anticipated as Celeste’s ‘Not Your Muse’. The album finally dropped today, over a year after the American-born British singer was named the winner of the Brits’ ‘rising star’ award in December 2019; performing her then new single, ‘Strange’, on the 2020 awards show.  Since then Celeste has been building the hypeContinue reading “MODERN ALBUM REVIEW: Celeste’s ‘Not Your Muse’ (2021)”

MODERN ALBUM REVIEW: Porridge Radio’s ‘Every Bad’ (2020)

Porridge Radio formed in Brighton in 2015 and consist of bassist, Maddie Ryall, keyboardist, Georgie Stott, drummer, Sam Yardley, and guitarist and lead singer, Dana Margolin. Since forming, the band have slowly set about building their profile; releasing a number of albums via independent labels until, eventually, they began to be noticed in the latterContinue reading “MODERN ALBUM REVIEW: Porridge Radio’s ‘Every Bad’ (2020)”

MODERN ALBUM REVIEW: Arctic Monkeys’ ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’ (2006)

Arctic Monkeys exploded onto the scene with their show-stopping debut album ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’. The record would become as generation-defining as any that came before it and solidify itself as the poster album of the period. British guitar music was already enjoying a renascence curtesy of bands such asContinue reading “MODERN ALBUM REVIEW: Arctic Monkeys’ ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’ (2006)”

CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: Oasis’ (What’s the story) Morning Glory? (1995)

Oasis’ ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?’ was released in the autumn of 1995 and planted the seeds of the band’s legendary status. The album has sold 4.9 million copies in the UK, making it the UK’s fifth best selling album of all time. Famed as much for their infighting as they are for their music,Continue reading “CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: Oasis’ (What’s the story) Morning Glory? (1995)”

MODERN ALBUM REVIEW: Michael Kiwanuka’s ‘KIWANUKA’ (2019)

‘KIWANUKA’ is the third studio album from London born songwriter, Michael Kiwanuka.  The album finally won Kiwanuka his first Mercury Prize, after the singer had been nominated for the award with his first two previous records (2012’s Home Again and 2016’s Love & Hate).  The album takes the listener on a journey of Kiwanuka’s ownContinue reading “MODERN ALBUM REVIEW: Michael Kiwanuka’s ‘KIWANUKA’ (2019)”