Album Review: Disclosure – Caracal

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Disclosure brings enjoyable, but risk free second album
DJ duo Disclosure had their big break in 2012 when their remix of Jessie Ware’s ‘Runnin” caught a lot of buzz online. They followed this up with single ‘Latch’, a collaboration with Sam Smith, and from that moment on there was no turning back. ‘White Noise’ with AlunaGeorge and ‘You & Me’ featuring Eliza Doolittle became even bigger hits and their debut album Settle, released in 2013, became a worldwide hit. It’s always hard to follow up such a huge success, but with the release of their sophomore record, Caracal, they prove their popularity did not decline as it entered the UK album charts at the first spot. But is it a success in terms of artistic progression as well?

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Album Review: Jess Glynne – I Cry When I Laugh

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Jess Glynne releases long awaited debut album
Can you imagine scoring your fifth number 1 hit on the day you actually release your debut album? This happened to Jess Glynne. She actually matched Cheryl’s record of five number 1 singles in the UK as most successful female pop star of the country. The British singer who broke through with the single ‘Rather Be’, a collaboration with Clean Bandit, was finally ready to release her first record I Cry When I Laugh, of course including all the hits. But does it live up to the hype around Jess Glynne?

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Album Review: Lianne La Havas – Blood

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Lianne La Havas returns with fuller sound on second album ‘Blood’
Lianne La Havas made quite an impression in the music industry with her debut album Is Your Love Big Enough? in 2012. The singer-songwriter entered the British and Dutch charts in the top 5 and the record was named the best of 2012 at the iTunes Awards. She was nominated for two MoBo Awards as well a year later. Needless to say, the anticipation for a second album was building and now it’s finally here. Lianne La Havas launched the short, but sweet Blood.

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Album Review: Miguel – Wildheart

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Miguel sounds progressive on eclectic third album Wildheart
Miguel released a debut album in 2010 that did quite well in the US, but did not give him a proper push internationally. In 2012 however, he shot to fame and stardom with the release of his second record, Kaleidoscope Dream. The contemporary R&B did well and his single ‘Adorn’ became a sleeper hit. Although he gave his R&B style a slightly alternative edge with a smooth but original production, he takes things a bit further on the third album called Wildheart. The productions are quirkier, the songs are harder, the lyrics are more explicit and the whole body of work is more adventurous and eclectic.

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Album Review: Tove Styrke – Kiddo

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Tove Styrke delivers undeniably strong second record
When Tove Styrke made it to the last rounds of the Swedish version of Idols in 2009, she was just 16 years old. After the show, she took some time to create an album she could be proud of. She delivered a set of electro pop songs with a distinct sound. Now, almost five years later, Styrke has a second album ready, called Kiddo. The young pop star sounds feisty and determined and the songs are punchier and full of personality. What more could a person want than an excellently produced album with twelve undeniable choruses?

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Album Review: Florence + the Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

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Florence + the Machine subtle but powerful on dynamic new rcord
We had to wait a long time for this. Florence + the Machine took four years to launch their third album called How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. After the big and bombastic second album Ceremonials from 2011 it was interesting to hear how Florence Welch had developed in those years out of the spotlight and it turns out, she kept all the good qualities of her musical output so far, but did shake things up more than a little with a more subtle and restrained approach.

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