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Aaahf Can't you just feel the sunshine spilling out of your speakers? This is the kind of light. frothy electro-pop that Sweden is so good at producing, and Fused have not let their country down. ‘Hey Girl and 'lwisted' are perfect slices of pure pop. while the more experimental tracks on the album. such as ‘Flashback' and "(error are ambient instrumentals. Pretty vocals. strings. keyboards. tinkly piano and funky beats combine to make an album that inspires you to ditch your Job. Jump in an open-top car. and head for the nearest beach. Roll on summer. . . (Kirsty Knaggs)


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Holed tip in the front room of his house in San Francrsco wrth nothing but his Apple Mac for company. Eitzel has built himself a truly great fourth solo album. Former frontrnan of the hugely underrated American MUSIC Club. he has spent nearly twenty years creating raw. COuntry-tinged rock and is in possession of a most s0ulful. rasping VOICC.

There's electronic elements here but they should not be overstated: this isn't the Pet Shop Boys. but ‘Anything' and the ethereal pulse of 'Christian Science Reading Room' illustrate a keen ear for funky drum breaks and lush atinospherics. ‘The Global Sweep Of Human History and Bitterness however. show that Eitzel is Still as skilled at those emotive. acoustic love songs as ever.

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If Elbow did indeed do/e through rr‘uch of their schooldays. it's no great loss -- because this five piece won't be needing day )obs anytirrze soon. Their debut is a contradictory piece of work. and all the better for it: bleak. rnournful. Jarring and driven by a pattered percussion that at times gives As/eep /.’l The Back the feel of a dance record. Lear: Singer Guy Carney setinds like a rr‘ournfal Peter Gabriel. bat his band never overdo the theatrics. Final track Scattered Black And Whites is a .‘Ionderful.

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This album frorr ’17/rif, grunge rocker Tad [Joyle (of, errn... TAD lane. and his new ozrfr‘rt )irst screar'ns ‘METAL'. /\.'l’l it sounds iust like he looks big. heary. pissed off and sweaty. None of th nu metal nonsense either. this is old school hear; rrietal. Think