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boom music reviews - Royal Blood Royal Blood - Royal Blood: Listening to the radio is usually an audio wallpaper experience; music wafts in and out without registering any interest whatsoever. Every so often though, one track can tap your ear drums into submission, causing you to pay attention. This is exactly what happened to us when we heard 'Out of the Black' for the first time from Brighton duo Royal Blood. Since then we've been nervously waiting for the debut album. It's been an odd twilight period, riddled with anxiety that the album just won't be able to live up to the majesty of this single. We needn't have worried. [***READ MORE***]
boom music reviews - Ghost Stories by Coldplay Coldplay - Ghost Stories: It's never easy when couples break up. It can be awkward who to side with for starters, and you have to really concentrate on trying to give two hoots about the pain, the hurt, the blah, blah, blah. But it's not just the couple that have to struggle with the wreckage left behind. When news broke that Chris Martin split with his Yoko Ono wife Gwyneth Paltrow, the whole world seemingly gasped in unison at the horror. It wasn't so much about the 'conscious uncoupling', it was more to do with the fact that the release of Coldplay's sixth studio album was bound to be the break-up album everyone feared. You will definitely need your rain mac to get you through this as there's one hell of a downpour ahead. [***READ MORE***]
boom music reviews - Artpop by Lady Gaga Lady Gaga - Artpop: It's not clear how, but the artist known as Lady Gaga has become not only a huge star particularly amongst her followers knows as 'little monsters', but somewhat of a pop icon. Not bad going in only five years. What's more, Artpop is only her third studio album. But is there any substance behind this unstoppable hype machine? [***READ MORE***]
boom music reviews - AM by Arctic Monkeys Arctic Monkeys - AM: It's only been a two year hiatus for Sheffield's Arctic Monkeys, as they return with their fifth studio album AM. There's a comforting familiarity from the off, as the first track is 'Do I Wanna Know?', which was the first single to be released. It's a laid back little number, laced with guitar played with attitude. It doesn't kind of get under your skin as much as you would like though, which is a shame. 'RU Mine' is more like it. It's a raw, tidal wave of noise that's a joy to wash over you. And yes, it was a single too. It's classic Arctic Monkeys, which, let's face it, is all we want to hear. [***READ MORE***]
boom music reviews - ...Like Clockwork by Queens of the Stone Age Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork: Just when you thought that rock was dead not officially, of course, but certainly without much of a pulse where the charts are concerned Black Sabbath release their latest album 13 that goes straight to number one in the UK album charts. It's an indication that there's still an appetite for loud guitars and drums and that. This latest album from Josh Homme and his fellow Queens of the Stone Age also did well in the UK charts, reaching number two; they did one better in their native home stateside however by claiming their first number one in the US album charts. Although they're bound to be chuffed by the news, you get the impression that the band aren't exactly spurred on by success. [***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Songs of Innocence by U2 U2 - Songs of Innocence: It appears that the adage 'everyone loves a freebie' isn't exactly true. Although U2 found it in their hearts to literally give away their latest album (their thirteenth) on iTunes, available to over 500 million iTunes customers, not everyone was chuffed. Many were put off by the fact that the album automatically turned up in their accounts, whether they liked it or not. So as not to upset the haters further, Apple soon released a removal tool just to delete the album. Now it's not necessarily an indictment of the band's decision to sign an extremely lucrative deal with the fruited one that has wound users up, but it probably didn't help any. It's just further proof that the selling of music moves in the most mysterious of ways, unlike ever before. Clearly this whole event has completely overshadowed the album itself, but what can you really expect from an album given away for free? [***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Ultraviolence by Lana Del Rey Lana Del Rey - Ultraviolence: So 'Video Games' has been and gone and Ms Lana Del Rey returns with her follow-up to her successful Born to Diealbum. It's with this latest work that she will have to prove to the world that she isn't a one hit wonder either in terms of the single, or indeed, the album it came from and that she's here to stay, for this album at least. [***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - Sheezus by Lily Allen Lily Allen - Sheezus: It was back in 2009 that LDN's own Lily Allen decided to call it a day musically. It seems a little strange to halt such a promising career, particularly so short into it after all, she had only released two albums at this point but Allen seems the type that when she's made her mind up, that's it. Besides, she had more important things she wanted to get on with. Like becoming a mum. Five years on and job's done in that department, having spawned two daughters. And as any parent can relate to, there's nothing like becoming a parent to make you want to get back to work again. So here it is then, album number three: Sheezus, and the resurrection of Ms Lily Allen's pop career. [***READ MORE***]
boom reviews - G I R L by Pharrell Williams Pharrell Williams - G I R L: Fingers. Pies. Pharrell Williams is currently all about these two things, in what appears to be a fairly surreptitious attempt to take over the world. Solo artist, producer, member of rock group N.E.R.D, member of musical producers The Neptunes, and co-founder of clothing brand Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream footwear. It's probably the fact that Williams' career path is so diverse, with so many fingers in so many pies, that he's only now gotten around to producing this effort, only his second album as a solo artist. [***READ MORE***]
boom music reviews - Tales of Us by Goldfrapp Goldfrapp - Tales of Us: In 2000 Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory released their debut album Felt Mountain as Goldfrapp. It was an impressive start for the band, with a sumptuous, wall of sound kind of feel, which was bold as it was cinematic. Since then however, the pair have been unable to reproduce anything anywhere near on that scale, and sadly, nowhere near as impressive. This, their sixth album, has echoes of their first release at least, that makes it a welcome to return to form. [***READ MORE***]