Record of the Day #3 – Enter Shikari, Take To The Skies

Earlier this year I sought press approval for popular UK festival ‘Slam Dunk,’ and was eventually rebuffed in my approach. I wasn’t necessarily disappointed to be missing the festival itself, but I was disappointed to miss the chance to see Enter Shikari play their classic debut album Take To The Skies in full. It was something… Read More Record of the Day #3 – Enter Shikari, Take To The Skies

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Record of the Day #2 – The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, Between Bodies

The World Is A Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid To Die have never been a band afraid to push the envelope. Even their very name seems a challenge to the listener, an obstacle of sorts to overcome as a way to gain a greater appreciation for the music produced under the moniker. With… Read More Record of the Day #2 – The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die, Between Bodies

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Top 10 of 2014, Number 2: Noah Gundersen – Ledges

Released: February       Genre: Singer-songwriter / folk       Metacritic Rating: 72 There’ve been plenty of releases from the singer-songwriter genre which I’ve enjoyed this year, but there haven’t been any that I’ve enjoyed anywhere near as much as Noah Gundersen’s debut LP. If you’ve been watching Sons Of Anarchy as religiously as I have in 2014 you’ll… Read More Top 10 of 2014, Number 2: Noah Gundersen – Ledges

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Top 10 of 2014, Number 3: Somos – Temple Of Plenty

Released: March          Genre: Rock       Metacritic Rating: N/A The second release from Tiny Engines to make my top five records of the 2014, Somos’ Temple Of Plenty never really felt like an obvious inclusion. Listening to it, as I am doing now, it doesn’t necessarily sound like an ‘album of the year’, which may sound odd… Read More Top 10 of 2014, Number 3: Somos – Temple Of Plenty

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Top 10 of 2014, Number 4: The Hotelier – Home, Like NoPlace Is There

“There’s totally a bearded guy’s head in the picture right, on the vinyl? That isn’t just me?” Released: February     Genre: Indie-Rock / Emo      Metacritic Rating: 91      CRM Rating: 9.5/10 Yes, it’s only at number 4, I’m a little surprised as well. In Home, Like NoPlace Is There The Hotelier… Read More Top 10 of 2014, Number 4: The Hotelier – Home, Like NoPlace Is There

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Top 10 of 2014, Number 5: Every Time I Die – From Parts Unknown

Released: July       Genre: Hardcore        Metacritic Rating: 92       CRM Rating: 9/10 Seven records in, Buffalo heavyweights Every Time I Die were never going to disappoint, with From Parts Unknown keeping up the bands consistent brilliance. With Every Time I Die you know exactly what you’re going to get, and it’s always exactly what you want. From… Read More Top 10 of 2014, Number 5: Every Time I Die – From Parts Unknown

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Top 10 of 2014, Number 6: Fatherson – I Am An Island

Released: April       Genre: Indie Rock       Metacritic Rating: N/A A lot of people have been talking about Lonely The Brave this year, and rightly so, but fewer have been talking about Fatherson, which is a shame. In I Am An Island I found my favourite British release of the year, and I personally think the band… Read More Top 10 of 2014, Number 6: Fatherson – I Am An Island

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Top 10 of 2014, Number 7: Have Mercy – A Place Of Our Own

Released: October        Genre: Rock / Emo          Metacritic Rating: N/A       CRM Rating: 9/10 There were plenty of reasons why Baltimore’s Have Mercy scored my AOTY for 2013, and a lot of those reasons exist on its follow-up, which claims spot No.7 this time around. The main… Read More Top 10 of 2014, Number 7: Have Mercy – A Place Of Our Own

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Top 10 of 2014, Number 8: Architects – Lost Forever // Lost Together

  Released: March          Genre: Metalcore         Metacritic rating: 79       CRM Rating: 9/10 Architects are the best thing to happen to heavy British music in what feels like a long time, and their sixth LP is with little doubt the strongest release from the scene in… Read More Top 10 of 2014, Number 8: Architects – Lost Forever // Lost Together

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Top 20 of 2014, Number 9: How To Dress Well – What Is This Heart?

Released: June       Genre: R&B      Metacritic Rating: 69 You can probably gather from my list that I’m not a particularly big R&B fan, it’s no secret. I didn’t even listen to How To Dress Well (project of Tom Krell)’s What Is This Heart? until three months after its release date, despite knowing full well that it… Read More Top 20 of 2014, Number 9: How To Dress Well – What Is This Heart?

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Top 10 of 2014, Number 10: Seahaven – Reverie Lagoon: Music For Escapism Only

Released: March          Genre: Indie / Rock         Metacritic Rating: 79       CRM Rating: 9/10 A surprise in almost every regard, Reverie Lagoon: Music For Escapism Only saw Seahaven continue to grow as artists, blossom even. A delightfully relaxed and absorbing listen, the bands third record was… Read More Top 10 of 2014, Number 10: Seahaven – Reverie Lagoon: Music For Escapism Only

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