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”

Album Review: Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage

Album Review: Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage

By slowing down the pace, and taking on duller tones, Angels show Avenged Sevenfold to be capable musicians who don’t need to rely on walls of gain or searing speed to make a point, although the changed musicality highlights a nasal quality in the vocals. With its reference to Nero fiddling while Rome burned, Continue reading “Album Review: Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage”

Album Review: Kenny Chesney – Cosmic Hallelujah

Album Review: Kenny Chesney – Cosmic Hallelujah

By virtue of being the album’s lead single, Noise acts as Cosmic Hallelujah’s mission statement, with the song lamenting modern society’s addiction to technology and constant stimulation, labelling these things as “noise” that individuals must contend with and add to. Yet the rest of the record is full of beer and whiskey, bars Continue reading “Album Review: Kenny Chesney – Cosmic Hallelujah”

Album Review: The Fray – Through the Years: The Best of the Fray

Album Review: The Fray – Through the Years: The Best of the Fray

Beyond the commercial appeal best of compilations present, they also provide artists with an opportunity to make a statement that extends beyond the context of a regular studio album or EP, outlining who they are, who they’ve been, and the tracks they are most proud of that listener’s mightn’t have been attentive towards. Continue reading “Album Review: The Fray – Through the Years: The Best of the Fray”

Album Review: Brett Eldredge – Glow

Album Review: Brett Eldredge – Glow

From the outset, with Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!, there isn’t a country twang or slide to be heard, replaced with the brass of a jazz ensemble ensuring a lounge atmosphere is established upfront and, as soon as Eldredge sets in with his croon, it’s difficult not to think of Crosby, Martin, and Sinatra. Meghan Trainor Continue reading “Album Review: Brett Eldredge – Glow”