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Logic - Everybody (Review)

I've stated before that I absolutely love Logic's flow and his ability to spit. But there's always that been key element missing from his music and I can never quite put my finger on it. I loved his last album The Incredible True Story, loved the theme behind that thought it was very different. The skits were a little long and got overplayed very quickly but nonetheless it was still a solid project but not perfect. Logic's always labelled as corny, I couldn't disagree more, I think it's very easy for people to label rappers that talk about things like being sensitive, suffering and having problems as being cringe inducing. It's ridiculous.

This album has the longest skits ever! To the point where sometimes it's just Logic talking to further the theme of his song. This doesn't just happen on one occasion, it happens multiple times. The song Anziety is definitely the worst of this because you listen to minutes of irrelevance, to be fair Lucy Rose is …

My Favourite Jay-Z Albums

14. Kingdom Come There's absolutely no doubt that this is Jay-Z's worst album, it was released after his 'retirement' and it couldn't have been a worse comeback. Songs like Show Me What You Got were good fun, but there was no substance and overall the album was just... boring. There's really no other way to describe it other than bland mediocrity and it shows because I challenge you to remember a song other than Show Me What You Got off the album, without cheating!
13. The Dynasty: Roc La Familia
Technically not a Jay-Z album, and it shows. The album hasn't aged well at all with rappers like Memphis Bleek utterly falling off to the point of obscurity. There are a few redeeming features on the album though, like I Just Wanna Love U, that will forever be my jam. When Jay-Z works with Pharrell it just seems to spark magic. Would have loved for them to make a collaborative album rather than those horrible R Kelly albums.
12. Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life
Volume 2 of …

Let's Talk About Essential Albums...

I'm not going to lecture you on these albums, or even describe why they're great. What I am going to do is give you a list of essential albums and nothing more. Simply because if you haven't heard any of these then I don't want to sway any of your opinions of it, I'd rather you go and enjoy the project fully. What I would recommend is to go and listen to each of these albums in full, and soak up all of their musical prowess. I'm not claiming this is a definitive list of the best albums of all time, but I am saying they are great, in places, groundbreaking albums. If you enjoy this list, then let me know and I'll do a second part. If there's an album you'd like to see in that second part, let me know!

The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
Oasis - (What's The Story) Morning Glory
Outkast - ATLiens
David Bowie - Hunky Dory

Skepta - Konnichiwa
Depeche Mode - Violator
Drake - Take Care

Electric Light Orchestra - Out of The Blue
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
Jay Z - Reasonabl…

What I'm Listening To Lately... // (23/9/17)

Albums The National - Sleep Well Beast
The Killers - Wonderful Wonderful
Kanye West - The Life of Pablo
Nothing But Thieves - Broken Machine
Tiny Hueman - Shallow (EP)

Singles Wolf Alice - Don't Delete The Kisses
Sampha - Blood On Me
Space4Lease - I Tried Calling
St Vincent - Los Ageless
Everything Everything - Desire

The Virginmarys - Sitting Ducks (EP Review)

Macclesfield rockers, The Virginmarys, have today released their new EP. Sitting Ducks contains 4 songs that are each very different sonically yet still sticking to a common theme. I can't help but feel a sense of sadness whilst listening to this EP and realising that these guys aren't up there with the Royal Bloods of the world yet, because that's exactly where they belong to be.

Sitting Ducks opens with the song the EP was named after, it's an incredibly hard hitting, ferocious track that will leave you pinned to your seat for 3 minutes or so. and that's not even an overstatement. I was incredibly surprised by these guys and their unheard talent that's lying dormant. The song Sweet Loretta is definitely the best song on the EP and I'm sure that the Virginmarys know that because they released it as a single with a very interesting video.

The video is someone screaming the lyrics atop a mountain, and that just sums up the sound of this song. A complete a…

Introducing... The Virginmarys

It's not very often you get the chance to interview such a well known and quite famous band, but when the opportunity arises you grab it with both hands. In this case that band is The Virginmarys, a band that I have criminally overlooked for a while now yet once I gave their new EP, Sitting Ducks, a spin I immediately realised what I had been missing out on. With such heavy guitars, really unique and powerful vocals and some surprisingly catchy songs. It's no wonder that these guys have accumulated the die hard fan base that they currently have. I had the chance to chat with frontman Ally Dickaty about Sitting Ducks, EP covers and... singing on cliffs:
Q. Firstly, the name is incredibly religious but where did the idea come from and to not include a space? VM: Me and Dan, we're in a bar in LA and overheard some guys talking about a club of that name, it always stuck with us and here we are. We're not religious guys and the idea to have no gap in the name was that we prefe…

Types - A P P A R I T I O N (Track Review)

Apparition, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is a remarkable or unexpected appearance of someone or something. And if I’m honest this perfectly describes Types as a band to me. They came out of nowhere going from a band that I’d never heard of to one of my favourites in the space of mere weeks. And with the release of their debut EP, The Future Is Close Enough, I was astounded at the sheer talent of these guys. But then came the first single leading up to their next project, I Can Taste Blood and it blew my mind even more. Their ability to craft songs that are so catchy yet so out there, with lyrics that make you think and sit and listen. I had the chance to listen to their new single, Apparition, a few weeks ago and over this period I must have listened to it hundreds of times, playing it over and over and over has made me think that Types are only catapulting themselves into super stardom with each passing release.
Apparition heavily uses synthesizers in comparison to the rest …