Album Review: Elbow ‘Build A Rocket Boys!’

A full decade since the release of their debut album, Elbow follow-up 2008’s Mercury Award and Ivor-Novello-winning ‘Seldom Seen Kid’ with their latest effort.  Their previous album’s lead singles ‘Grounds For Divorce’ and ‘One Day Like This’ were so successful, Elbow were propelled into dizzy new heights, appearing at Glastonbury & Latitude festivals in 2008, and supporting the likes of Coldplay & U2 in 2009. In the space of one album, they went from performing at intimate one-off gigs to entire stadiums.

It’s safe to say then, that expectations for this album were high.

New fans wanted more of singer Guy Garvey’s heavily-accented choirboy vocals, but old fans feared a cop-out of Kings Of Leon-esque proportions, knowing that an album full of ‘One Day Like This‘ duplicates would never work. Perhaps the success had gone to their head and this new album will be filled with songs of touring and press attention?

I’m happy to report that ‘Build A Rocket Boys!’ doesn’t disappoint.

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Album Review: Bruno Mars ‘Doo Wops and Hooligans’

Hawaiian-born Bruno Mars, AKA Peter Hernandez, has been a rising star for some time. A successful songwriter, he has written songs for Adam Levine, Travie McCoy, Sugababes, and most-recently penned the worldwide smash by Cee-Lo Green “F*ck You”.

He was first credited on B.O.B.’s “Nothin On  You” back in Feburary 2010, closely followed by a feature on Travie McCoy’s “Billionare”.
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Album Review: Mumford & Sons ‘Sigh No More’

This is probably the best album I’ve heard all year, if not the last 5 years. It’s incredibly hard to even believe this is the band’s debut album. The drive and passion these guys display through their music and lyrics draws you into the album right from the start.

My personal highlights are the overtly jovial ‘Roll Away Your Stone’, the driving epic that is ‘Little Lion Man’, the beautiful ‘Timshel’ and the upliting masterpiece ‘Awake My Soul’.