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Helplessness Blues – Fleet Foxes (Sub Pop, Bella Union)

8/10 For Robin Pecknold and his Seattle-based folk band, the arduous making of Helplessness Blues has hardly been characterised by rising suns, Quiet Houses, and red strawberries in summertime. A quick glance at its title is enough to tell you that. But I guess a lot can happen in 3 years to change one’s perspective … Continue reading

Summertime Review 2011: Albums That Deserve A Shout-Out, Part 2

Part 2 in my round-up of albums Blogjammin has shamefully neglected to review this year begins with the highly-acclaimed new album from Wild Beasts: Smother – Wild Beasts                                  6.5/10 If ever you’re asked to provide a solid example of a band maturing as their career has progressed, I strongly recommend you use Wild Beasts. Smother … Continue reading

Summertime Review 2011: Albums That Deserve A Shout-Out, Part 1

Just over half way through the year and there’s a ton of good shit I’ve not got round to reviewing. Here’s part 1 in my round-up of what Blogjammin’s been neglecting these past few months: NOIR – Blue Sky Black Death         8.5/10 Ok, hands up if you’re a fan of the … Continue reading

England Keep My Bones – Frank Turner (Xtra Mile)

6.5/10 Two of my favourite singer-songwriters have returned with albums in the past couple of months. First came a very revved up Ben Harper, still reeling from his relationship woes with Laura Dern, all angry, bluesy and incredibly LOUD. I enjoyed Harper’s ferocity on Give Till It’s Gone, a powerful venting of pent-up frustration with … Continue reading

Gloss Drop – Battles (Warp Records)

8/10 It’s been 4 years since Battles’s stunning debut Mirrored came prancing and squealing into my life. 4 long years without new Battles. To be fair, there was more than enough going on in that one album to keep me entertained for nearly half a decade, but that didn’t stop me being on tenterhooks for … Continue reading

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