Reviews – XS Noize | Online Music Magazine https://www.xsnoize.com XS Noize is an online music publication updated daily with music news, interviews, music videos, tour dates, album reviews, and much more. Tue, 26 May 2020 14:32:00 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.1 https://i2.wp.com/www.xsnoize.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/favicon.jpg?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Reviews – XS Noize | Online Music Magazine https://www.xsnoize.com 32 32 142397596 ALBUM REVIEW: Badly Drawn Boy – Banana Skin Shoes https://www.xsnoize.com/album-review-badly-drawn-boy-banana-skin-shoes/ https://www.xsnoize.com/album-review-badly-drawn-boy-banana-skin-shoes/#respond Tue, 26 May 2020 14:32:00 +0000 https://www.xsnoize.com/?p=55384 It’s been twenty years since Damon Gough, aka Badly Drawn Boy, exploded onto the “Indie” music scene with his debut album The Hour Of The Bewilderbeast. In the late ’90s, Gough released various EPs, steadily [...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: The 1975 – Notes on a Conditional Form https://www.xsnoize.com/album-review-the-1975-notes-on-a-conditional-form/ https://www.xsnoize.com/album-review-the-1975-notes-on-a-conditional-form/#respond Mon, 18 May 2020 13:34:42 +0000 https://www.xsnoize.com/?p=54837 In an age where advertisers are told to keep their messages and sales pitches as concise as possible which has resulted in an increase in one-word titled LP’s and a surge of albums with seldom [...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Empathy Test – Monsters https://www.xsnoize.com/album-review-empathy-test-monsters/ https://www.xsnoize.com/album-review-empathy-test-monsters/#respond Fri, 15 May 2020 17:39:30 +0000 https://www.xsnoize.com/?p=54816 Since Empathy Test’s conception in January 2013, the London-based synth-pop act have been fiercely independent and brave in both self-producing and self – releasing not one, but two brilliant debut albums back in November 2017 [...]

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BOOK REVIEW: Bob Marley in Comics by Sophie Blitman and Gaet’s https://www.xsnoize.com/book-review-bob-marley-in-comics-by-sophie-blitman-and-gaets/ https://www.xsnoize.com/book-review-bob-marley-in-comics-by-sophie-blitman-and-gaets/#respond Mon, 11 May 2020 11:48:24 +0000 https://www.xsnoize.com/?p=54549 The word “Reggae” has different connotations for various people, but for Bob Marley, the word didn’t even have African or Caribbean connotations, let alone Jamaican; Marley traced this word to Spain which means “King’s music”. [...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Sparks – A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip https://www.xsnoize.com/album-review-sparks-a-steady-drip-drip-drip/ https://www.xsnoize.com/album-review-sparks-a-steady-drip-drip-drip/#respond Thu, 07 May 2020 13:07:34 +0000 https://www.xsnoize.com/?p=54156 With a career spanning over five decades and with Ron and Russell both being brothers, their ability to still be amicable to each other (let alone collaborate and make music together whilst trying to “Lighten [...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: The Dears – Lovers Rock https://www.xsnoize.com/album-review-the-dears-lovers-rock/ https://www.xsnoize.com/album-review-the-dears-lovers-rock/#respond Tue, 05 May 2020 13:00:01 +0000 https://www.xsnoize.com/?p=53876 There’s a direct line between the sort of doominess of No Cities Left and this album (Lovers Rock),” says frontman Murray. A. Lightburn. “You could go straight from Lovers Rock to No Cities Left and [...]

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BOOK REVIEW: J&K By John Pham https://www.xsnoize.com/book-review-jk-by-john-pham/ https://www.xsnoize.com/book-review-jk-by-john-pham/#respond Mon, 04 May 2020 19:01:57 +0000 https://www.xsnoize.com/?p=54073 One expects many things from a graphic novel: deftly drawn original artwork; exciting plots and garrulous text abridged for comic speech and thought bubbles and an original theme. “J&K” goes even further and introduces readers [...]

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REVIEW: Joshua Burnside – Far O’Er The Sounding Main https://www.xsnoize.com/review-joshua-burnside-far-oer-the-sounding-main/ https://www.xsnoize.com/review-joshua-burnside-far-oer-the-sounding-main/#respond Mon, 04 May 2020 14:28:59 +0000 https://www.xsnoize.com/?p=54035 Joshua Burnside, like many of us, is trying to deal with and adapt to the current situation we find ourselves in. Burnside has released a new EP of old traditional folk songs that he wonderfully [...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Mark Lanegan – Straight Songs of Sorrow https://www.xsnoize.com/album-review-mark-lanegan-straight-songs-of-sorrow/ https://www.xsnoize.com/album-review-mark-lanegan-straight-songs-of-sorrow/#respond Fri, 01 May 2020 14:52:30 +0000 https://www.xsnoize.com/?p=54007 In his second album release in less than six months, Mark Lanegan’s Straight Songs of Sorrow chronicles the harrowing journey of the darkest and most defining periods of his life, from growing up in Washington [...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Ist Ist – Architecture https://www.xsnoize.com/album-review-ist-ist-architecture/ https://www.xsnoize.com/album-review-ist-ist-architecture/#respond Thu, 30 Apr 2020 23:57:50 +0000 https://www.xsnoize.com/?p=53979 Formed in 2014 and having gathered traction with a series of well-received EPs, the four-piece Ist Ist is a band with an unmistakably Manchester sound. Their long-awaited debut LP arrives in the form of ‘Architecture’, [...]

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REVIEW: Reevah – A Different Light EP https://www.xsnoize.com/review-reevah-a-different-light-ep/ https://www.xsnoize.com/review-reevah-a-different-light-ep/#respond Thu, 30 Apr 2020 17:47:29 +0000 https://www.xsnoize.com/?p=53952 Derry songwriter Reevah, aka Aoife Boyle, released her second EP A Different Light on April 24. The latest EP is the follow up to her 2018 EP Hummingbird. Reevah has drawn significant attention with her [...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Hightown Pirates – All of the Above https://www.xsnoize.com/album-review-hightown-pirates-all-of-the-above/ https://www.xsnoize.com/album-review-hightown-pirates-all-of-the-above/#respond Tue, 28 Apr 2020 18:52:32 +0000 https://www.xsnoize.com/?p=53889 The Hightown Pirates was formed by Simon Mason. He penned the critically acclaimed rock n roll memoir Too High Too Far Too Soon: Tales from a Dubious Past in 2013. Back in the 90s, Mason [...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: I Break Horses – Warnings https://www.xsnoize.com/album-review-i-break-horses-warnings/ https://www.xsnoize.com/album-review-i-break-horses-warnings/#respond Mon, 27 Apr 2020 09:19:43 +0000 https://www.xsnoize.com/?p=53852 I Break Horses is the musical partnership of Maria Linden and Frederick Balck who are based in Stockholm, Sweden. Signed to Bella Union their debut album Hearts was released in 2011 and is an interesting [...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Brendan Benson – Dear Life https://www.xsnoize.com/album-review-brendan-benson-dear-life/ https://www.xsnoize.com/album-review-brendan-benson-dear-life/#respond Thu, 23 Apr 2020 20:50:01 +0000 https://www.xsnoize.com/?p=53795 Brendan Benson returns with his latest solo album, Dear Life, seven years since his last. His career now spans over twenty years and, as a result, he’s certainly allowed the freedom of experimentation we hear across the album’s [...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Columbia Mills – CCTV https://www.xsnoize.com/album-review-columbia-mills-cctv/ https://www.xsnoize.com/album-review-columbia-mills-cctv/#respond Thu, 23 Apr 2020 20:06:05 +0000 https://www.xsnoize.com/?p=53789 Columbia Mills have always been drawn to the dark. From their early singles right up to 2018’s ‘Close to You’, the Dublin-based quintet – namely, brothers Fiachra and Uisneagh Treacy (vocals and bass, respectively), Stephen [...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Thundercat – It Is What It Is https://www.xsnoize.com/album-review-thundercat-it-is-what-it-is/ https://www.xsnoize.com/album-review-thundercat-it-is-what-it-is/#respond Thu, 23 Apr 2020 19:43:10 +0000 https://www.xsnoize.com/?p=53784 Stephen Lee Bruner aka Thundercat is best known for producing Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 album To Pimp a Butterfly earning Lee a Grammy. However there so much more to this jazz enthusiast than this.  Despite being [...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Roger O’Donnell – 2 Ravens https://www.xsnoize.com/album-review-roger-odonnell-2-ravens/ https://www.xsnoize.com/album-review-roger-odonnell-2-ravens/#respond Thu, 23 Apr 2020 19:13:42 +0000 https://www.xsnoize.com/?p=53778 Keyboardist and composer Roger O’Donnell has spent over 40 years on stage with bands like Psychedelic Furs, The Thompson Twins and for the last 33 years (on and off) the world’s biggest cult band – [...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Rina Sawayama – SAWAYAMA https://www.xsnoize.com/album-review-rina-sawayama-sawayama/ https://www.xsnoize.com/album-review-rina-sawayama-sawayama/#respond Thu, 16 Apr 2020 15:22:07 +0000 https://www.xsnoize.com/?p=53699 Reckoning with the past is never easy and can sometimes be excruciating – Rina Sawayama knows that as well as anyone, and her debut album explores life through lived experience and harsh truths. She’s lived [...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: EOB – Earth https://www.xsnoize.com/album-review-eob-earth/ https://www.xsnoize.com/album-review-eob-earth/#respond Wed, 15 Apr 2020 19:32:54 +0000 https://www.xsnoize.com/?p=53648 On April 17th Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien releases his long-awaited solo effort Earth. In doing so he joins his fellow Radiohead members, Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, and Phil Selway in diving into the waters of [...]

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ALBUM REVIEW: Mystery Jets – A Billion Heartbeats https://www.xsnoize.com/album-review-mystery-jets-a-billion-heartbeats/ https://www.xsnoize.com/album-review-mystery-jets-a-billion-heartbeats/#respond Tue, 07 Apr 2020 13:11:28 +0000 https://www.xsnoize.com/?p=53535 Four years on from their last album Mystery Jets release their sixth album A Billion Heartbeats. It was due to be released in 2019 but was put on hold as vocalist Blaine Harrison underwent emergency [...]

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