David Bowie – Blackstar review

David Bowie, 2013, by Jimmy King (1400x786)David Bowie was an artist to the very end. Since the musician passed away just days after its release, so much has been said and written about Blackstar, the final parting gift from the pioneering figure, that it seems improbable to say anything that hasn’t already been said. I have labelled this a “review”, but really this is an encouragement for you to listen to Blackstar if you haven’t already. Continue reading

Bat for Lashes – The Bride review

Bat for Lashes press shot, 2016, 01 (1500x844)Natasha Khan revels in the unusual and the antiquated. The Bride, her fourth full-length in her guise of Bat for Lashes, is a tale of macabre beauty and tragedy. Continue reading

Björk – Vulnicura review

Bjork - Vulnicura, 2015 press photo (650x366)With age comes experience, and age has had a powerful effect on Björk’s emotional aural portrait of a break-up, Vulnicura.

Björk is an artist who sees it as her duty to pour herself into projects, no matter what the medium or how outlandish they may appear. For her previous 2011 album, Biophilia, she participated in the creation of a series of interactive apps that formed part of a multimedia experience intended to enhance the album’s theme of musicology. In exposing her vulnerable core in a Vulnicura, she has been just as meticulous and self-critical, as evidenced by the fact that she sat on demos of these songs for some two years before deciding it was the right time to shape them into an album. Continue reading