Album Review: Portugal. The Man – Woodstock

Album Review: Portugal. The Man – Woodstock

Woodstock opens with a nice little meta-reference to the famous 1969 festival from which the album takes its name, with opening track Number One sampling – and loosely riffing off – Freedom, the improvisational take on the old spiritual number, Motherless Child, by the festival’s opening act, Richie Havens. It’s a brave Continue reading “Album Review: Portugal. The Man – Woodstock”

Album Review: Lady Antebellum – Heart Break

Album Review: Lady Antebellum – Heart Break

Scott’s and Charles Kelley’s voices work well together on Somebody Else’s Heart, but this is unsurprising given this is the element that has anchored Lady Antebellum’s sound throughout their career. Hurt is an adequate, down-tempo, pop-ballad, but the ineffable elements to Scott’s vocal performance ensure the song is a must- Continue reading “Album Review: Lady Antebellum – Heart Break”

Album Review: Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie – Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie

Album Review: Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie – Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie

Opening number, Sleeping Around the Corner, features a breathy and hazy sound for the intro and verses, but the chorus flips the song around straight into jangly pop-rock territory, highlighting Buckingham’s fingerstyle approach to his guitar playing. The track would feel right at home on a record from the ‘60s or ‘70s, as Continue reading “Album Review: Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie – Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie”

Single Review: Little Mix – Power feat. Stormzy

Single Review: Little Mix – Power feat. Stormzy

Throughout the song, the four women share lead vocal duties with mixed success. Jesy Nelson’s strong, yet smooth, delivery – although she also gets stuck singing the tracks most inane lyrics for the outro – wonderfully counterpoints Perrie’s rawer style, while Jade Thirwall’s voice is thin and insubstantial by comparison. Continue reading “Single Review: Little Mix – Power feat. Stormzy”

Album Review: Bryson Tiller – True to Self

Album Review: Bryson Tiller – True to Self

From a production and musical standpoint, True to Self, is a well-executed work of hip-hop, ebbing and flowing organically throughout – from the atmospheric introduction and mellow vibes of Rain on Me (Intro), to the darker mood of Blowing Smoke and the latinesque rhythms of Run Me Dry – resulting in the album almost Continue reading “Album Review: Bryson Tiller – True to Self”