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Zena Grieg - Reviews


Billie Eilish


Happier Than Ever
Compelling and thoughtful second album from multi-award-winning singer Billie Eilish


Yola


Stand for Myself
Eclectic and fiery second album from powerhouse Bristol-born and now Nashville-based singer-songwriter Yola


Clairo


Sling
Intimate but frank and socially conscious second album from American singer-songwriter Clairo


Jack Savoretti


Europiana
Enjoyable retro and European-influenced seventh album from bestselling singer-songwriter ack Savoretti


Inhaler


It Won't Always Be Like This
Eclectic and exuberant debut album rom bestselling Irish band Inhaler


Garbage


No Gods No Masters
Uncompromising yet reflective new album from much acclaimed alternative rockers Garbage


Del Amitri


Fatal Mistakes
Well-crafted and eclectic first album in nineteen years from Glaswegian band Del Amitri


St Vincent


Daddy's Home
Thoughtful 70's retro pop on first album in four years from St. Vincent, the project of Texas-raised singer-songwriter Annie Clark


Natalie Bergman


Mercy
Powerful and therapeutic debut solo album from Wilde Bell’s Natalie Bergman recorded after the deaths of her father and stepmother in a car accident


Hayley Williams


Flowers For Vases / Descansos
Introspective and sparse second solo album from Paramore vocalist Hayley Williams


First Aid Kit


Who By Fire
Excellent tribute album to Leonard Cohen recorded live over two nights at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm by sibling duo First Aid Kit


Lake Street Dive


Obviously
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


Zara Larsson


Poster Girl
Upbeat and positive latest album from acclaimed Swedish singer-songwriter and pop artist Zara Larsson


Nick Cave And Warren Ellis


Carnage
Intense and versatile collaboration between Nick Cave and his fellow Bad Seeds member Warren Ellis


Arlo Parks


Collapsed in Sunbeams
Inspirational debut album whose influences include Sylvia Plath from London musician and poet, Arlo Parks


Steve Earle


J.T.
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


Nick Cave


Idiot Prayer
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


Evermore
Impressive second album in a year from Taylor Swift which finds her continuing to develop in an indie-folk direction


Staves


Good Woman
Resilient and emotive first album in five years from Watford-based folk-pop sister trio The Staves


Black Country, New Road


For the First Time
Experimental and promising debut album from eclectic Cambridge septet Black Country, New Road


Weather Station


Ignorance
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


All That You Can't Leave Behind (20th Anniversary)
Extensive twentieth anniversary reissue box set of U2’s bestselling tenth album


Billie Joe Armstrong


No Fun Mondays
Versatile and unpredictable collection of covers from Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong


Paloma Faith


Infinite Things
Intimate and reflective but uplifting fifth album from much acclaimed singer-songwriter and musician Paloma Faith


Ariana Grande


Positions
Playful but solid and distinctive pop and R and B on sixth album from Ariana Grande


Gary Barlow


Music Played by Humans
Energetic and orchestral fifth solo album by the English singer-songwriter and Take That lead singer, Gary Barlow


Ward Thomas


Invitation
Fine country-pop on fourth album from harmonic sisters duo Ward Thomas recorded during lockdown in a Hampshire cottage


Dyble Longdon


Between a Breath and a Breath
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


Fleet Foxes


Shore
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


April
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


Ashley Hutchings


A Midwinter Miscellany
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


Mary Chapin Carpenter


The Dirt and the Stars
Understated but powerful combination of mainstream rock and country on fifteenth album from Mary Chapin Carpenter


Jules Winchester


The Beast
Excellent acoustic country-influenced third album from Sussex-based songwriter and composer Jules Winchester


Margo Price


That's How Rumors Get Started
Authentic and uncompromising third album from award-winning singer-songwriter and country artist Margo Price


Ronan Keating


Twenty Twenty
Upbeat new album from Irish singer-songwriter/musician and former Boyzone member Ronan Keating, released to celebrate his twenty years as a solo artist


Molly Tuttle


….But I'd Rather Be With You
Eclectic covers collection from award-winning Nashville-based Californian singer and guitarist Molly Tuttle


Keith Urban


The Speed of Now Part 1
Versatile and catchy eleventh album from bestelling Nashville-based country singer Keith Urban


Jessie Ware


What's Your Pleasure?
Positive and optimistic disco-influenced fourth album from chart-topping singer-songwriter Jessie Ware


Dream Wife


So When You Gonna
Spirited and versatile second album from London-based Icelandic-UK pop-punk trio Dream Wife


Chicks


Gaslighter
Political first album in fourteen years by multi-Grammy Award and bestselling country artists The Chicks


Kodaline


One Day at a Time
Minimalist and balladic fourth album from bestselling folk-influenced Irish rock band Kodaline


Jehnny Beth


To Love is to Live
Provocative and sensitive debut solo album from Mercury-nominated Savages vocalist Jehnny Beth


Hayley Williams


Petals for Armor
Powerful and cathartic debut solo album from former Paramore singer Hayley Williams which was inspired by her marriage break-up and divorce


Harkin


Harkin
Excellent combination of pop and atmospheric electronica on debut album from Leeds-born musician Katie Harkin


Magpies


Tidings
Intriguing and unpredictable debut album from all-female Yorkshire bluegrass group the Magpies


Half Waif


The Caretaker
Understated and technically accomplished celebration of ordinariness on fourth album from New York-based singer-songwriter Half Waif


Aruba Red


Shadow Work
Intensely personal but ultimately hopeful EP from London-based singer-songwriter Aruba Red


Mystery Jets


A Billion Heartbeats
Diverse mixture of psych rock, blues and indie pop on sixth album from the Mystery Jets, which reflects on all parts of the current post-referendum political spectrum


Anna Burch


If You're Dreaming
Introspective and minimalist second album from acclaimed Detroit singer-songwriter Anna Burch


Thundercat


It Is What It Is
Exuberant combination of jazz-rock and funk on fourth album from Thundercat, the solo project of ex-Suicidal Tendencies' member Stephen Lee Bruner


Pearl Jam


Gigaton
Political and environmentally-conscious eleventh album from bestselling alternative rock band Pearl Jam


Matthews Southern Comfort


The New MIne
Distinctive folk-rock/Americana on latest album from Matthews Southern Comfort, the band of former Fairport Convention vocalist Iain Matthews


Wajatta


Don't Let Get You Down
Imaginative urban electronica/hip-hop on superb second album from German/Austrian duo Wajatta


Courtney Barnett


MTV Unplugged - Live in Melbourne
Excellent mixture of old songs, new songs and covers on acoustic MTV Unplugged performance from Australian singer/songwriter Courtney Barnett


Gary Fletcher


River Keeps Flowing
Fine mix of original songs and covers on sixth solo album from Blues Band co-founder Gary Fletcher


Stormzy


Heavy is the Head
Inventive and versatile second album from bestselling and award-winning grime artist, Stormzy


Lewis Capaldi


Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent [
Critically well-received debut album from Glaswegian singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi, which was the top-selling album in the UK and Ireland in 2019


Twin Atlantic


Power
Catchy third album from Glaswegian alternative rock band Twin Atlantic which is a clear change in direction


Nada Surf


Never Not Together
Thoughtful Beatle-esque power pop on ninth album from New York alternative rock act Nada Surf


Christopher Holland


Golden Hour
Captivating and sensitive first solo record in six years from singer-songwriter and keyboardist, Christopher Holland







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