I love films, but pretty often what I love most about films or TV shows is their score or soundtrack and the way they use it. In 500 Days of Summer for example, my favourite moments come as a result of the frankly brilliant placings of Hall and Oates’ You Make My Dreams and Regina Spektor’s Hero. My favourite scene in Game of Thrones is where Cersei blows up the Sept because the music makes it so ominous and climatic. In these examples, the music complements the screenplay so well that I believe it makes the scene.
So that’s what this new series, “Score Makes a Scene” is. Continue reading Intro to: Score Makes a Scene
From now, the reviews on this blog will take a new format, called “What I Like About…”, where I will present a new record and discuss everything that I think is successful. If I don’t like an album, I’ll avoid it. Continue reading Announcement: Reviews
Muse are one of the biggest rock bands of the 2000s. But they’re not just a rock band. In fact, the unique sound of Muse is the result of a group of influences from Rage Against the Machine to Rachmaninoff. This is the story of that sound. Continue reading The Sound of Muse
After joining forces with acclaimed guitarist and producer Pete Thorn, British rock singer Holly Henderson’s debut is rife with catchy grunge tunes that pack a punch. Though not groundbreaking work, Monday Green is very easy to enjoy. Continue reading Holly Henderson: Monday Green – Review
It doesn’t get much better than this for a debut album – here is a band with a huge amount going for them in terms of talent and even more in pure individuality and style. Continue reading ALASKALASKA: The Dots – Review
The latest offering from the Scottish indie band moves towards a brand new style, with punchier tracks and a fresh sound while being familiarly spirited. But how does the album fare with a new and experimental production style? Continue reading Honeyblood: In Plain Sight – Review
A band who are more than capable of releasing a decent rock song, Catfish and the Bottlemen have also been less than adept at developing their own sound, let alone rock music as a genre. Enter their third studio release: The Balance. The difficult third album. Have they done anything new? No – and while that’s pleasing to some, it’s holding back a band who do actually have potential. Continue reading Catfish and the Bottlemen: The Balance – Review
Band of Skulls return with their fifth studio album, bringing with them a fresh mindset and newly upbeat style. Anthemic vocals and pop production join the familiar riffs and dual lead vocals, but how well do these elements mingle? Continue reading Band of Skulls: Love Is All You Love – Review
With her most ambitious album yet, Lucy Rose strips back her sound to create something stark, intimate and genuinely quite staggering. This is how to make minimal-sounding music that keeps you enthralled. A huge triumph for the underrated singer-songwriter. Continue reading Lucy Rose: No Words Left – Review
The mix of metal and a symphony orchestra; it just works, and Metallica’s S&M Live album proved that. With the announcement that the heavy metal behemoths are set to play a one-off show on the 20th anniversary of the album, here are five tracks that made the adaptation great. Continue reading The five best tracks from Metallica’s S&M
Ah, here is some truly lovely news. Goth pioneers The Cure have followed up the announcement that they’ll be co-headlining Glastonbury with the news that their upcoming 14th studio album is finished. Continue reading The Cure announce completion of first new album in 10 years
With depth, power, and no shortage of great guitar riffs and solos, Aiden Hatfield’s debut EP sounds like something he has wanted to make for quite some time, which, in fact, it is.
The multi-talented instrumentalist has created something that reflects his own personality and experiences while sounding professional along the way. A great way to start his musical career. Continue reading Aiden Hatfield: Chapter One – EP Review