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)”

CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: The Velvet Underground’s ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ (1967)

The Velvet Underground, made up of lead vocalist Lou Reed; pianist and bassist John Cale; guitarist Sterling Morrison; and drummer Maureen Tucker, are often cited as one of the most influential acts to ever make music. Many critics and music fans view the group as the early pioneers of a number of musical styles, sowingContinue reading “CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: The Velvet Underground’s ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ (1967)”

MODERN ALBUM REVIEW: Fontaines D.C’s ‘Dogrel’ (2019)

Named after a form of traditional Irish Poetry, specifically one that is irregular in rhythm and rhyme, ‘Dogrel’ is the first studio album from Dublin quintet, Fontaines D.C. The album, produced and mixed by Dan Carey in London, arrived amid much excitement; over half of it had been released as singles before the album droppedContinue reading “MODERN ALBUM REVIEW: Fontaines D.C’s ‘Dogrel’ (2019)”

CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: RAY CHARLES’ RAY CHARLES (1957)

Though perhaps not as soulful as the later additions to his discography, Ray Charles’ debut album is undoubtedly one of the albums that pioneered the genre.  The record’s first singles were released some time before the album was, when acts like Nat King Cole and Charles Brown were dominating the charts. Eventually the market’s screamsContinue reading “CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: RAY CHARLES’ RAY CHARLES (1957)”

MODERN ALBUM REVIEW: Fontaines DC’s ‘A Hero’s Death’ (2020)

Arriving just over a year after their critically acclaimed debut, Dogrel, Fontaines DC’s second album aims to build on the sound that captivated audiences the world over. That said, the album does little to emulate their debut, but instead finds the Irish quintet reflecting and investigating their own successes, as well as the fame andContinue reading “MODERN ALBUM REVIEW: Fontaines DC’s ‘A Hero’s Death’ (2020)”

MODERN ALBUM REVIEW: Sam Fender’s ‘Hypersonic Missiles’ (2019)

The debut album from North Shields born Sam Fender is reminiscent of a Bruce Springsteen record, and shows him to be a musician not only interested in writing easy pop songs to satisfy popular radio stations.  Like Springsteen, Fender takes lyrical inspiration from the issues faced by the working classes, and he is quick toContinue reading “MODERN ALBUM REVIEW: Sam Fender’s ‘Hypersonic Missiles’ (2019)”

CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: The Beatles’ Abbey Road (1969)

The Beatles’ penultimate studio album, Abbey Road, was released in September of 1969 and delivered a last bask in greatness for the band; but they had finished the recording John Lennon had announced his departure. From the various interviews, documentaries and books that have been made since the release from the album, it’s clear thatContinue reading “CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: The Beatles’ Abbey Road (1969)”

CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: David Bowie’s ‘Aladdin Sane’ (1973)

David Bowie’s sixth studio album, released in 1973, was the follow up to 1972’s ground-breaking ‘The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars’; an album remembered for its musical brilliance as well as its snappy title. For Aladdin Sane he chose a more pun based title, playing on the phrase ‘aContinue reading “CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: David Bowie’s ‘Aladdin Sane’ (1973)”

MODERN ALBUM REVIEW: Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back to Black’ (2006)

When the greatest break-up albums are spoken of, Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back to Black’ never fails to get significant consideration. With lyrics that punch you in the face and melodies inspired by some of the greatest soul musicians, Winehouse achieved not only what she herself envisioned as her follow up to her debut ‘Frank’ but alsoContinue reading “MODERN ALBUM REVIEW: Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back to Black’ (2006)”

CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ (1973)

Pink Floyd were well practiced by the time they came to record their ninth LP and, after struggling to find their sound following the departure of their cofounder Syd Barrett, they returned to London’s Abbey Road Studios in the summer of 1972 with a determination to push the boundaries of what was sonically achievable. TheContinue reading “CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW: Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ (1973)”