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MUSIC REVIEW – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will by Mogwai

By Joseph Marshall

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Scottish act Mogwai are back with their most unfriendly album title to date, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this record, as having only listened to a few loose tracks some time ago, I was for the most part uninitiated. The first play tells me that this is an album of dynamics, with a stark contrast between soft and loud parts being one of the main themes they play on. But as I listen further I discover there is much more to it than that…

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MUSIC REVIEW – Tron Legacy OST by Daft Punk

By Joseph Viney

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On paper it’s a match made in heaven; the enigmatic techno-bods Daft Punk scoring the soundtrack to the sci-fi geek’s paradise that is Disney’s long-awaited sequel to Tron. Disney must be commended in some way for having the foresight to enlist Daft Punk instead of opting for a faceless conductor or agoraphobic studio bod. Daft Punk, with their experience and willingness to push the envelope, have yet to work so closely in conjunction with a film studio prior to this release. OSTs do have certain limitations, but are the master of futuristic dance-floor fillers able to clear such obstacles?

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MUSIC REVIEW – Symphonicities by Sting

By Marty Mulrooney

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Symphonicities is Sting’s tenth studio album, sharing its name with his most recent tour and no doubt playfully reminiscent in title to Synchronicity, the final album from his band The Police all the way back in 1983. Heralded as Sting’s greatest hits, re-imagined for symphonic arrangement, he is joined by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra in a delightfully alternative album suitable for fans old and new alike.

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MUSIC REVIEW – Follow Your First Mind by Wilson T. King

By Marty Mulrooney

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WIlson T. King may not be an artist that large amounts of music followers, specifically guitar fans, have heard of quite yet. At least, not loudly enough for my liking. But he’s getting there and I think that is all set to change. Coming from a background of being the chief writer and producer in numerous English indie bands, King has played the Blues for most of his life. His mission to share this often neglected genre with us in his debut album is a noble one. Luckily, he also has the guitar skills to see this vision through. Whether you are a fan of Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck or Joe Bonamassa, you won’t want to miss Follow Your First Mind.

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MUSIC REVIEW – Brothers by The Black Keys

By Joseph Viney

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The Black Keys took their name from a turn of phrase uttered by a friend of the band. Dan Auerbach (vocals/guitar) and Patrick Carney (drums/production) would often hear their mutual acquaintance, a diagnosed schizophrenic, deem people he did not like as “…black keys”. For a long while now it has been fair to say that those who didn’t enjoy their blend of old school blues, heavy rock and lo-fi sensibilities also suffered from a debilitating mental illness. Taking their lead from such acts as The Sonics, Captain Beefheart and the White Stripes, Black Keys have effectively carved out their own niche and built up a dedicated fan base. As well as this they have been given free reign to conduct themselves as they see fit.

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MUSIC REVIEW – Black Francis: Nonstoperotik

By Joseph Viney

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If Neil Young is the much vaunted ‘Godfather Of Grunge’ then Black Francis (a.k.a. Frank Black, real name Charles Michael Kittridge Thomson IV) must be at least an uncle. As leader of the inspirational Pixies, Black’s iconic nails-on-a-blackboard voice, twisted guitar hooks and demented lyrics set the blueprint for albums like Nirvana’s Nevermind; penned by self-confessed Pixies obsessive Kurt Cobain. With the Pixies now reduced to nothing more than a touring heritage act dispensing the same old set night after night, Black’s solo albums are where he nurtures his undeniable talent.

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