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Zena Grieg




Profiles


Aruba Red


Zena Grieg examines a new song and video from Jack Bruce's daughter Aruba Red, which reflects on her own journey and battle with depression.




Kate Daisy Grant
Miscellaneous
Miscellaneous
Miscellaneous

Zena Grieg previews vocalist/composer Kate Daisy Grant's new album which explores world lullabies.
Zena Grieg profiles this year's Glasgow Summer Sessions which will take place in Bellahouston Park in Glasgow between the 16th and 25th August.
Zena Grieg profiles this year’s Boomtown Festival which will include sets from Lauryn Hill, Prophets of Rage, the Streets, UB40 and Gogol Bordello.
Zena Grieg profiles this year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals which will take place between the 23rd and 25th August.


Reviews



Hayley Williams
First Aid Kit
Lake Street Dive
Zara Larsson

Introspective and sparse second solo album from Paramore vocalist Hayley Williams
Excellent tribute album to Leonard Cohen recorded live over two nights at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm by sibling duo First Aid Kit
Unpredictable and innovative eighth album from Brooklyn-based five-piece act Lake Street Dive who have worked on this new release with hip-hop producer Mike Elizondo
Upbeat and positive latest album from acclaimed Swedish singer-songwriter and pop artist Zara Larsson


Nick Cave And Warren Ellis
Arlo Parks
Steve Earle
Nick Cave

Intense and versatile collaboration between Nick Cave and his fellow Bad Seeds member Warren Ellis
Inspirational debut album whose influences include Sylvia Plath from London musician and poet, Arlo Parks
Thoughtful and emotive album from Steve Earle, in which he pays tribute to his son Justin Townes Earle who died of an accidental drugs overdose last year by covering a collection of Justin’s songs
Intense but quietly hopeful and resilient live piano-and-voice album from Nick Cave recorded alone in the empty Alexandra Palace in London


Taylor Swift
Staves
Black Country, New Road
Weather Station

Impressive second album in a year from Taylor Swift which finds her continuing to develop in an indie-folk direction
Resilient and emotive first album in five years from Watford-based folk-pop sister trio The Staves
Experimental and promising debut album from eclectic Cambridge septet Black Country, New Road
Environmentally-conscious latest album from The Weather Station, the project of Canadian songwriter Tamara Lindeman, which finds her moving away from her acoustic roots


U2
Billie Joe Armstrong
Paloma Faith
Ariana Grande

Extensive twentieth anniversary reissue box set of U2’s bestselling tenth album
Versatile and unpredictable collection of covers from Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong
Intimate and reflective but uplifting fifth album from much acclaimed singer-songwriter and musician Paloma Faith
Playful but solid and distinctive pop and R and B on sixth album from Ariana Grande


Gary Barlow
Ward Thomas
Dyble Longdon
Fleet Foxes

Energetic and orchestral fifth solo album by the English singer-songwriter and Take That lead singer, Gary Barlow
Fine country-pop on fourth album from harmonic sisters duo Ward Thomas recorded during lockdown in a Hampshire cottage
Rich folk rock on the highly anticipated album from Dyble Longdon, who are the late ex-Fairport Convention vocalist Judy Dyble and Big Big Train multi-instrumentalist frontman David Longdon
First-rate new album from Seattle-based folk-rock act Fleet Foxes, which intended to be the first part of a larger project, takes its inspiration from several lost musical heroes


Emmy the Great
Ashley Hutchings
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Jules Winchester

Reflective latest album from indie artist and multi-instrumentalist Emmy The Great, which was inspired by a visit to her childhood home in Hong Kong
Atmospheric and wintry collection of spoken word and song from Fairport Convention founder member Ashley Hutchings, which he has recorded with the singer-guitarists/songwriters Becky Mills and his son Blair Dunlop
Understated but powerful combination of mainstream rock and country on fifteenth album from Mary Chapin Carpenter
Excellent acoustic country-influenced third album from Sussex-based songwriter and composer Jules Winchester






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