NEW ALBUM: Blur – The Magic Whip

This has certainly been a day to remember! Why? Because for the first time since 2003, Blur will release a new album. The album is called The Magic Whip and was recorded in Hong Kong last year. It’s been well known among Blur fans that the band had recorded in Hong Kong, but everything the band members said up to now suggested the recordings didn’t come to anything. But obviously not, because a new album is here!

A new track from the album, Go Out, is available to listen to now:

This is certainly a huge day for me and other Blur fans. I’ve been a huge fan for as long as I can remember and have wanted a new album since Think Tank came out in 2003. And finally, we have one!

Blur will also be headlining at BST Hyde Park in London, where songs from the new album will make their way into the setlist. This also means a full tour is also possible! The Hyde Park show is on Saturday the 20th June and tickets are available on Friday the 27th February.

The album is out on the 27th April and is available to pre-order NOW.

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ALBUM REVIEW: Foo Fighters – Sonic Highways

Sonic Highways is the first new album from the Foo Fighters since Wasting Light was released 3 years ago in 2011. I thought Wasting Light was a great return to form after a disappointing album in Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace. That album didn’t really seem to have an identity and the usual sound you’d expect from the Foo Fighters. Wasting Light did, and it was great! Naturally I’ve been unbelievably excited to hear their new album since it was announced a couple of months ago. It’s shorter than any of their previous albums at 8 songs but with the Foo Fighters, that shouldn’t matter one bit. Usually.

Something From Nothing is the opening track and right from the off you know what band is playing. That’s the great thing about the Foo Fighters, they’ve always has such a recognisable sound (minus Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace) and this track is the highlight of the album. It was the debut single after all. It has everything you’d expect from the Foo Fighters, a great song. It’s very hard to explain why. But the vocals, the melody, the hooks, the guitar. It could only be the Foo Fighters. It’s followed by The Feast And The Famine which is contains the same things as the previous song in terms of sound and feel and Grohl is really on fire behind the mic.

Congregation comes next and this is when things start to sound different. The feel is different, that Foo Fighters sound is not as prominent. It’s a good song but a far cry from their 90’s prime. What Did I Do?/God As My Witness is exactly the same. There’s even some piano on this song. What? Not what I’d normally expect from a Foo Fighters song. It just doesn’t fit and never sounds right. But the song picks up when the full band comes in and things get back to normal. Ish.

  1. Something From Nothing
  2. The Feast And The Famine
  3. Congregation
  4. What Did I Do?/God As My Witness
  5. Outside
  6. In The Clear
  7. Subterranean
  8. I Am A River

Outside and In The Clear have the same kind of problems. They same to be lacking something even though they do rock and rock hard. But there’s something missing… But the two most disappointing tracks come at the end. Subterranean and I Am The River. Maybe it’s because I’ve only listened to the album a few times so far but I haven’t taken to these two tracks at all. It’s just not the Foo Fighters. What I mean by that is it could be any band playing. The only way I know it’s the Foo Fighters playing is because these songs are on the album. But that sound every Foo Fighters fan loves is nowhere to be found. That signature sound and feel I explained earlier on in this review is non-existent in these tracks.

Overall I feel it’s a pretty disappointing album from a band I consider to be one of my favourites. I was expecting a lot more than this. The songs don’t seem to go anywhere at all and every second you’re expecting the band to really engage and kick off but it never happens. And I get that different songs were recorded at different legendary studios in the US but at no-time would I have known that when listening to the album. What was the point? I don’t get it.

I hate that I don’t like this album. I want to love it so much but I just can’t.

5/10

SONG REVIEW: She & Him – Time After Time

Only a few days after She & Him released the first song off their next album Classics, they’ve released another one. Time After Time is a Frank Sinatra standard and you can listen to it right here:

With this song we have another taste of what the new album, a collection of covers, will be like. I can hardly contain my excitement, this is sure to be one of the releases of the year.

And if that wasn’t enough, She & Him were on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night, playing Stay Awhile, the first track to be released from Classics. Watch and listen to the performance here:

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SINGLE REVIEW: She & Him – Stay Awhile

Back in August, She & Him announced plans for a new album. Since then we’ve had two teaser videos and now we get the first single, Stay Awhile. The new album, Classics, is a cover album and this song was originally written by Mike Hawker and Ivor Raymonde and featured on Dusty Springfield’s debut album Stay Awhile/I Only Want to Be with You in 1964.

The She & Him version is wonderful with reverb sprinkled all over the song thanks to M. Ward. It just sounds delicious. You can hear the song right here:

New She & Him albums are always something to look forward to and this is their 5th album release after three ‘Volume’ albums and a Christmas album. No doubt this will be just as good as all of the others and I can’t wait to hear it.

The track listing for new album Classics is as follows:

1. Stars Fell on Alabama
2. Oh No, Not My Baby 
3. It’s Not for Me to Say 
4. Stay Awhile
5. This Girl’s In Love With You
6. Time After Time
7. She
8. Teach Me Tonight 
9. It’s Always You  
10. Unchained Melody
11. I’ll Never Be Free
12. Would You Like to Take a Walk 
13. We’ll Meet Again

The album is out on the 2nd December.

SINGLE REVIEW: Foo Fighters – Something From Nothing

The Foo Fighters have just released the first track from their eagerly awaited new album Sonic Highways. It’s called Something From Nothing and you can listen to it right here:

The new album was recorded at a number of different studios, with Something From Nothing being recorded at the Electrical Audio studio in Chicago. It’s a fantastic rocker with that Foo Fighters sound and feel we’ve known and loved since 1995.

It’s been three years since their last album, Wasting Light, was released so this album can’t come soon enough. If this one track is anything to go by it’s going to be incredible!

The new album Sonic Highways is released on the 10th November.

You + Me: New Project From Pink! and Dallas Green

Alecia Moore of Pink! and Dallas Green of City and Colour have teamed up to form a new project called You + Me. In fact they have also released a new song, You And Me, which will be on their debut album Roseave.. You can hear the song right here:

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It’s an almost surprising collaboration considering the two very different music styles but they compliment each other beautifully. What’s great about this is that this news is completely out of the blue and already this album is one of the most eagerly awaited of the year.

The full album, Roseave., is set for release on the 14th October.