Album Review: Highly Suspect – The Boy Who Died Wolf

Album Review: Highly Suspect – The Boy Who Died Wolf

As many bands do – to a greater or lesser extent – Highly Suspect started out as a cover band – accounting for the down-tempo, brooding, rendition of Real Life’s Send Me An Angel – which probably goes a long way towards explaining why their music often brings other bands to mind. Yet despite this, the group always Continue reading “Album Review: Highly Suspect – The Boy Who Died Wolf”

Album Review: Metallica – Hardwired… To Self-Destruct

Album Review: Metallica – Hardwired… To Self-Destruct

Hardwired… To Self-Destruct would comfortable fit on a single CD, but Metallica have opted to spread their tenth studio release out over two discs. It is nothing but a conceit, but it is a conceit we can get behind, serving two important aesthetic purposes. Firstly, it is a gentle nod to the nostalgia for releases on vinyl, reminding Continue reading “Album Review: Metallica – Hardwired… To Self-Destruct”

Album Review: Sixx:A.M. – Prayers for the Blessed, Vol. 2

Album Review: Sixx:A.M. – Prayers for the Blessed, Vol. 2

If you had to pick one song to summarise Prayers for the Blessed’s folly, it would have to be the inclusion of a cover of Badfinger’s 1970 hit, Without You – a song that has been recorded by no fewer than 180 artists in the 45 years since its first release. Interestingly Sixx:A.M. took the Harry Nilsson version as their template – Continue reading “Album Review: Sixx:A.M. – Prayers for the Blessed, Vol. 2”

Album Review: Enigma – The Fall of a Rebel Angel

Album Review: Enigma – The Fall of a Rebel Angel

Along with Kunze, Cretu has also enlisted the talents of Brazilian singer-songwriter Mark Josher, Indonesian singer Anggun, and English electro-pop duo Aquilo, on the first original Enigma record in 8 years. The Fall of a Rebel Angel opens with the atmospheric and spoken-word Circle Eight – with vocals provided Continue reading “Album Review: Enigma – The Fall of a Rebel Angel”

Album Review: Will Varley – Kingsdown Sundown

Album Review: Will Varley – Kingsdown Sundown

It is testament to Varley’s skill as a songwriter that Kingsdown Sundown appears immensely uncomplicated – comprised almost exclusively of acoustic-guitar and his vocals – yet never feels merely simple or basic. Kingsdown Sundown is a sombre record, with Varley engaging in personal reflection and political exposition in Continue reading “Album Review: Will Varley – Kingsdown Sundown”