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Strange Mercy – St. Vincent (4AD)

9/10 “It’s a champagne year, full of sober months”, declares Annie Clark A.K.A. St. Vincent on mid-album highlight Northern Lights; a summation that might easily be applied to this attractive set of experimental pop songs which, when you dig a little deeper, is found to be harbouring a darkly brooding core. Take the track Surgeon for … Continue reading

Hysterical – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (V2)

5/10 I think, given 6 years of hindsight, it might be safe to say that Clap Your Hands Say Yeah weren’t really expecting the critical acclaim they received for their self-titled debut back in 2005. Because listening to the two rather unsure LPs that they’ve stuttered out since then, I get the sense of a … Continue reading

Velociraptor! – Kasabian (RCA, Columbia)

8.5/10 As a young lad I grew up worshipping dinosaurs and the very ground they stomped on and just recently, I’m delighted to say, I’ve been revelling in a giddy trip of childhood rediscovery. This past month has seen Jurassic Park come roaring back to the cinemas, the BBC unveil Planet Dinosaur, a show all … Continue reading

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