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The Questionable Infallibility of Fontaines D.C.

Fontaines D.C.’s much anticipated debut, DOGREL is a consequence of ‘exquisite manipulation’. The tumultuous 11 track ode to Dublin City sends listeners to the fleeting heights of poetic romanticism, right down to the gruelling depths of cynicism in this shuffle between emotion and apathy. Heiled as Dublin’s sophisticated storytellers, Fontaines D.C. set out to paint …

Muse – Simulation Theory Review

Originally posted in the Thin Air here. From pollution and dirty talk to Harry Potter references and riffs straight out of ’90s Europop, Muse’s latest album, Simulation Theory, has the energetic, revolutionary spirit of an album that has no idea what or who it’s revolting against.  Like many albums released by a British artist in the past …

Panic! at the Disco – Pray for the Wicked Review

Originally posted in the Thin Air here. Remember that ‘I Like Me’ song from the Simpsons episode with Hank Scorpio? Imagine if Frank Sinatra collaborated with the Chainsmokers to make a Broadway version of that song. Once you imagine that, you’ll have a bit of an idea as to the level of absurdity we’re dealing with here. Pray for the Wicked is the …

Death Cab for Cutie – Thank You For Today Review

Originally posted in the Thin Air here. In the midst of a tumultuous period in the revered band’s development, Death Cab for Cutie have stripped back to basics for ninth album, their most accomplished of the past eight years, Thank you For Today.  Thank you for Today is without a doubt Death Cab’s most retrospective album in over a …

Lily Allen – No Shame Review

Originally posted in the Thin Air here. No Shame is Lily Allen’s most comprehensive album to date. What may at first, to naysayers, appear like a feeble attempt at bringing the charm of the noughties pop into the modern world, soon veers into a dark journey through Allen’s very real and personal struggles the moment you scratch the …

Delorentos – True Surrender Review

Originally posted in the Thin Air here. Delorentos fifth studio album, True Surrender, boils down to one simple message: Cut the bullshit. Through intricate metaphors of escapism, bold images of desolate extradition from society and elusive references to the current, global political state, the Dublin outfit beg us to take a step back and ask ourselves: Is this …

Wyvern Lingo – Wyvern Lingo Review

Originally posted in the Thin Air here. At its core, Wyvern Lingo’s stunning, eponymous debut is a journey towards recovery after a break-up, leading us on an intimate journey through love, loss and healing to an eventual resurrection. Wyvern Lingo bring to the table the storytelling qualities of Ireland’s contemporary folk musicians (Lisa Hannigan, Glen Hansard) …

L.A. Witch – L.A. Witch Review

Originally posted in The Thin Air here. L.A Witch‘s eponymous debut long player is the movieless soundtrack of the year, one that is utterly addictive and that will leave you begging for a visual counterpart. From their brooding vocals and hazy riffs, the Californian psych rock trio take us on a cinematic journey through the seedy bars …

Liam Gallagher – As You Were Review

Originally posted in The Thin Air here. So here we are, Liam Gallagher has done something he would never said he’d do andpresented to us his debut solo album, As You Were, a straightforward rock album with no if’s, no but’s and certainly no synthesisers. As You Were amounts to just about everything it says on the tin. Ironically enough though, for …

The Killers – Wonderful Wonderful Review

Originally posted in The Thin Air here. One of the golden rules of making any playlist is that you should absolutely never ever start the night with ‘Mr. Brightside’. ‘Mr. Brightside’ should not feature anywhere in the first two hours of a night. Since its phenomenal success 16 years ago – which earned it a spot on …