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Jimi Hendrix – People, Hell and Angels

The battle for the soul and spirit of Jimi Hendrix continues undiminished. The problem with Jimi is that he never stopped making music – he left behind an estimated 1,500 hours of material when he died in September 1970. The irony is, of course, that Hendrix died so young – he didn’t even make it to 30 – that his ...

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Hurts – Exile

Things looked promising in 2010 for electro-pop fans when Hurts’ early singles, Wonderful Life and Better Than Love, easily matched the quality of their well-cut suits. Singer Theo Hutchcraft and keyboardist Adam Anderson arrived fully formed. But electro understatement was ultimately abandoned for theatrical ornamentations, with overblown ballads taking cues from Ultravox‘s Vienna rather than Tainted Love. But Exile oc… Latest Pop ...

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The Supremes – Where Did Our Love Go

The elation of hearing The Supremes’ second album is evident from the first handclaps of the opening title track. The marriage of writing and production team Holland-Dozier-Holland and the former “no-hit” Supremes (Diana Ross, Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson), as they had became known in Motown circles, was one of label owner Berry Gordy’s … Latest Soul & Reggae Reviews

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Man Like Me – Pillow Talk

Be warned: this album comes with the aural equivalent of a fiddly Masonic handshake. You may wish to take part. Join in, and once past the bouncers at the entrance you’ll be delivered into a world of glorious pop rap, co-produced and mixed by Mike Skinner (of The Streets fame) and laced with neat observations of modern urban life. However, ...

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The Underachievers – Indigoism

New York’s hip hop will never stop. The birthplace of the culture, the Big Apple’s voraciousness for fresh sounds will always mark it a talent hotbed. But something truly distinctive has slipped into the water of late. A tasteful revivalism, complemented by a fuggy, narcotised aesthetic. Raps with bite and insight, matched to boom-bap attack with a contemporary twist. “Beast ...

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Christopher Rees – Stand Fast

A recording studio in Cardiff is, it must be said, a ways away from a lonely cowboy bar in the Deep South. But not in Christopher Rees’ head. Stand Fast, the Welsh singer-songwriter’s sixth album, is awash with the dusty wanderings, misunderstood loners and strengths in the face of adversity so common to the country spirit. Moreover, since all this ...

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Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience

With his first new music in seven years, Justin Timberlake acts a suave frontman to a Whispers-inspired ensemble. When he asks, Jay-Z gets up from his seat. Timberlake prides himself on his ability to command an audience, and to damning expectations. With his 2002 solo debut Justified, he broke away from ‘N Sync and into mainstream RnB circles; on its ...

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Gwen Guthrie – Portrait

Although mainly remembered today for her sassy 1986 hit, Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ on But the Rent, Gwen Guthrie was one of the most talented vocalists in early 80s RnB. Having cut her teeth in the 1970s as a backing vocalist and then co-writing songs such as Love Don’t You Go Through No Changes On Me for Sister Sledge, Guthrie began ...

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