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Chiarascuro • I Break Horses

Released January 21, 2014
Chiarascuro, the second album from I Break Horses, is one of extremes, but does the balance between light and dark work?

“I Break Horses is really about mood and the album title is a clue to the strong contrast between the two sides of the album. The light may be under represented but the point where the two collide can be dazzling.”

Pure Heroine • Lorde

Released October 28, 2013
This album of seductive pop songs from 16 year old writer singer song-writer Lordes is brilliant.

“Exposure to almost everything is effortlessly achieved whether you are in control of what you are experiencing or not and kids now worry about feeling too old, to quote Lorde here, at the age of 16. Her worry is our worry. Her talent is that she knows how to create brilliant, massive pop songs.”

Move In Spectrums • Au Revoir Simone

Released September 23, 2013
Au Revoir Simone, on their fourth album Move in Spectrums, remain dark, mysterious and a little self-indulgent.

“Every album has been more interesting than the last and this is their most cohesive in many ways and certainly the most assertive, a much needed attribute that the band required to move forward and to avoid the sometimes all to appropriate ‘nice’ tag.”

The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 • Justin Timberlake

Released September 27, 2013
After the thrill of The 20/20 Experience Part 1, Part 2 is disappointing, and lacks the punch of its predecessor.

The 20/20 Experience is the best record of Justin’s career to date, and in comparison its counterpart feels like an album of commercial off-cuts, lending weight to the rumours that it is the result of a contractual obligation.”

Head Up High • Morcheeba

Released September 15, 2013
Head Up High features some of Morcheeba’s best work. Think about the new not the nostalgia.

“‘Opening track and lead single ‘Gimme Your Love’ is, hands down, the best thing they have ever released. Yes, better than ‘Trigger Hippy’. Yes, better than ‘Part Of The Process’. “

Pale Green Ghosts • John Grant

Released March 11, 2013
Review. John Grant’s Pale Green Ghosts boasts beautiful songs coupled with painfully honest and idiosyncratic lyrics.

“Whilst his music doesn’t fit any stereotyped categorization of gay music, the songs are distinctly queer, with the bent of a man who has struggled with his sexuality, his addictions, his demons, and continues to do so. “