ghostpoet - some say i so i say light 4/5 it was the woozy, boozy high spot of 2011: Ghostpoet's Cash and Carry Me Home, a slow, spellbinding tune spun from the staggering, sick-splattered fag-end of a myriad lost nights out.
After the success of his debut album, Peanut Butter Blues And Melancholy Jam, which was nominated for a Mercury Music prize, Obaro Ejimiwe returns to the fray with a second album with the same lo-fi sensibilities but marking a musical progression.
The lyrical quality of the songs is again a strength, as he champions the reality of everyday life or, as he describes it, the bus stop reality.
Woodpecker Wooliams contributes to the lead single, Meltdown, where Ejimiwe's slurred tones contrast nicely with Wooliams' vocals and the clattering, electronic backdrop. Comatose concludes the record with an eclectic electronic soundscape.
she & him - volume 3 4/5 she & Him - actress Zooey Deschanel and singer-songwriter and producer M Ward - are back with their third album of original folk-pop material.
A diamond clutchbag of tunes contains 11 new effortlessly summerdrenched tracks such as Baby, I Could've Been Your Girl and Snow Queen.
In the past few years, Deschanel has honed her songwriting skills, penning the theme song for her sitcom New Girl, and had a Grammy nomination for Best Original Song for the movie Winnie The Pooh.
This third album is irresistibly catchy and loveable, much like the actress herself.
thea gilmore - regardless 5/5 since releasing her debut, Burning Dorothy, in 1998, Oxford songstress Thea Gilmore has released a further dozen albums - all excellent.
Now 33, it's easy to see why Gilmore has been compared to the likes of Joni Mitchell but, in truth, she sounds more like Aimee Mann.
Regardless opens with the uplifting Something To Sing About, with second track This Is How You Find The Way also having a winning way with a hook and melody. Love and its travails are recurring themes and are explored to particularly winning effect on Love Came Looking For Me and Start As We Mean To Go On.
the boxer rebellion - promises 4/5 the fourth studio album from London indie-rockers The Boxer Rebellion marks a subtle, yet clear change in direction towards a lighter, more accessible sound.
Diamonds, the opening track and lead single, expresses that perfectly, with an instantly memorable guitar hook, easy beat and catchy melody. Fragile continues in a similar vein, this time with a welcome harder edge.
Always is another great, catchy track, giving lead singer Nathan Nicholson's distinctive and varied vocals a chance to really shine, as does the haunting You Belong To Me.
The title track closes the album in fine style, with soaring vocals joined by drums, guitar and bass all at full tilt. An unmissable record.
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SEPTEMBER 2, 2014
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