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Album Review: Spoon – Hot Thoughts

It’s been over 20 years since Austin rock band Spoon released their debut record, Telephono and since then the band have gone through a huge amount. Only lead singer Britt Daniels and drummer Jim Eno remain from the original band that formed in 1993 but their distinctive sound, predominantly their calmer, acoustic work gained plaudits from around the world. Hot Thoughts sees the band embrace new challenges for their ninth record which as a whole, is a brilliant shift in direction and one that is sure to intrigue many new listeners.

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Album Review: Stormzy – Gang Signs and Prayer

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Gang Signs and Prayer is full of the unexpected. Yes, it’s often classic Stormzy, hitting with hard bars, easy put downs and aggressive beats. But it also features him singing, backed by sparse soul-styled organ melodies (and, at one point, MNEK), exposing something far more fragile. The grandstanding, swaggering verses Stormzy has made his name with are balanced by songs with lyrics full of introspection and personal experience. Sometimes, the tone is more akin to the work produced by another South London MC with a recently released album – Loyle Carner. Gang Signs and Prayer can often be jarring, jumping straight from the quiet Blinded by Your Grace Part 1 into the heavy bombast of recent single Big for Your Boots, for example. Stormzy seems to want you to go along with this. He asks you to trust his vision. And, by and large, I think you should.

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