Review: Taylor Swift – Lover

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Taylor Swift’s stardom is so big that it doesn’t really require comment. It’s obvious – banal even. What’s more interesting is how unassuming and univocally likeable she’s remained after ten-plus years of certified superstar spotlight and scrutiny. Of course, Swift isn’t just a likeable personality, she’s a talented songwriter and … Continue Reading →

Review: Raphael Saadiq – Jimmy Lee

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A veteran in R&B and beyond, Raphael Saadiq has spent decades being a musical storyteller. The artist from Oakland, California, started his career touring with Prince in the mid-80s and as a founding member of the group Tony! Toni! Tone! and has recently produced hits for musicians like Solange and … Continue Reading →

Seratones – Power

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Soul rock band Seratones has released their sophomore studio album, “Power”. The band from Shreveport, Louisiana, formed in 2013 and published their debut record, “Get Gone”, in 2016. Their new album comes with equally sharp lyrics, but a more mellow sound, and for the title track “Power”, which was released … Continue Reading →

Robert Randolph & The Family Band – Brighter Days

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Robert Randolph & The Family Band release their sixth studio album, “Brighter Days”. Led by renowned pedal steel guitarist and singer Robert Randolph, the three-time Grammy-nominated band from New Jersey delivers an eclectic mix of blues, funk, soul, gospel, and rock ‘n’ roll since 2001. The band’s new ten-track LP … Continue Reading →

Half Alive – Now, Not Yet

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Electropop trio Half Alive has released their debut studio album “Now, Not Yet”. Formed in 2016, the group from Long Beach, California, had their breakthrough in 2018 with the single “Still Feel”. The uniquely choreographed music video of the song attracted a lot of attention which led to a major … Continue Reading →

Grace Carter’s Music turns the Darkness to Light

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British singer and songwriter Grace Carter could be the “Saving Grace” in this topsy-turvy world. The songs she has published so far, like her 2017 debut single “Silence” and other piano-inspired releases like “Heal Me”, undress vulnerability to the bone, daring listeners to shed their worn heartache and beat new … Continue Reading →

The Luck – Ready To Run

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British folk rock duo The Luck releases their debut album, “Ready To Run”. The London-based brother and sister duo is comprised of Max and Esmay Luck, who name Tom Petty and Fleetwood Mac, as well as travelling through California, as sources of inspiration for writing songs and developing their sound. … Continue Reading →

Freya Ridings

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British singer-songwriter Freya Ridings releases her self-titled debut album today. The 25-year-old Londoner is best known for her 2017 single “Lost Without You”, which became a hit after it was featured on the reality show Love Island. The album also includes her 2019 single “You Mean The World To Me”, … Continue Reading →

Review: Elle Varner – Ellevation

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As a genre, R&B is loaded with tropes: the songs describe lost love, sensual longing, melodramatic tension, and affirmations of genuine love and connection. While there’s no problem with any of these tropes, their prevalence has, to a certain degree, led to staleness in the genre. On Elle Varner’s sophomore … Continue Reading →

Heather Nova – Pearl

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“Pearl”, the tenth studio album by Heather Nova, is out now. The new LP from the Bermudian folk rock musician comes 25 years after her breakout album “Oyster” and features the singles “Just Kids” and “The Wounds We Bled”, as well as the standout song “See Yourself”. Heather Nova, who … Continue Reading →

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