My Mind Makes Noises by Pale Waves There is a misconception amongst casual music listeners that there is such a thing as an ‘overnight success’. In reality, for every award, every hit single and every massive show, there are untold hours of blood, sweat and tears that each artist needs to endure before they can own their success.


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Coup De Grace by Miles Kane Miles Kane inhabits that weird sweet spot in indie guitar music wherein he is pretty much a household name without ever becoming a bona fide pop star. His third album Coup De Grace finds Kane in defiant mood, embracing his heaviest sound yet.


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Perfume by Wand ‘Perfume’ immediately sounds like a follow-up to ‘Plum’, featuring strong melodies and riffs, plus a few inspiring instrumental work-outs and, like ‘Plum’, the album sounds like a real group effort.


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Reef This album is a real, real mixed bag. From the opening track and album title, Revelation, you would be expecting a real rock n roll hyped up ride, indeed the opening track sounds a little like an AC/DC cover. It’s not, but it certainly has strains of the aussie rockers. This is no bad thing, but it belies what else is coming on the album. You see, what follows is a fabulous blend of Rock n Roll, Blues, Southern Country Rock and indeed gospel.


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For Now by DMA's DMA's, the Sydney based trio’s debut album, Hills End, landed on these shores some two years ago. Unashamedly Britpop (specifically Oasis) influenced it became a huge word of mouth success backed with a slew of stunning, jaw dropping live shows. Two years later we come to what is traditionally known as ‘the difficult second album’. The teaser singles ‘Dawning’ and album title track, ‘For Now’ had hinted at a band expanding their influences, maturing and searching for their own sound.


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Gomez It’s been a while but Gomez are back with their 20th anniversary edition of the ‘Bring It On’ album, and this isn’t just your usual remix rehash effort. Far from it, not only does it feature their original debut album but in addition the massive the 4 cd set also includes over 30 previously unreleased tracks, a recording of their set from Glastonbury 1998, rare demos and a BBC session. In short there are a massive 63 tracks which provide just over 4 and a half hours for your listening pleasure.


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Twentytwo In Blue by Sunflower Bean It was with great excitement that Sunflower Bean's second album Twentytwo In Blue, arrived at the Gig Junkies' HQ *virtually last week. Since hearing the latest offering 'I was a Fool' from the brilliant Brooklyn trio, I’ve been a little obsessed with the band and was more than a little wired to delve into the album to see if it maintained the the same feeling of positivity and quality throughout. Needless to say I wasn’t disappointed.


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Turbowolf It’s been almost three years since the Bristol rockers, Turbowolf released their last album and is due to release their third studio album, The Free Life on the 9th of March 2018. Was it worth the wait…? Most definitely! It might be their third, but could easily be mistaken for a debut album - that special one where the band puts everything they have into it and you couldn’t have anticipated what’s to come.


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Calum Scott Calum Scott has gained large following since he appeared on British Got Talent in 2015. He released his cover of 'Dancing on My Own' in 2016 which charted at No. 1 on iTunes in 11 countries, and peaked at No. 2 on the UK Single Chart. He was nominated for a Brit Award for the Best Single. In 2017, he released his first original single 'Rhythm Inside' which has over 25 million streams worldwide and the single is part of his debut album, 'Only Human'.


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Sleepwalkers by Brian Fallon Is Sleepwalkers the album to push me kicking and screaming back into Fallon’s brand of Americana? Maybe... Opening track If Your Prayers Don’t Get to Heaven is vintage Brian Fallon. Catchy, melodic and deceivingly simple, the New Jersey songwriter has clearly lost none of his soul. Indeed, this album is more upbeat generally than pretty much anything Fallon has been involved in since the Gaslight Anthem’s American Slang.


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Album Review: Microshift by Hookworms Hookworms' sound previously epitomised darkness and depression expressed through dissonance and well-crafted cacophony whereas Microshift is a transformation into the more palatable realms of electro-indie rock. The title of the opening track, Negative Space, suggests that this album isn't one of overwhelming positivity despite the more upbeat essence to the music which is evidenced by the desolate searching lyrical content.


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Album Review: Technology by Don Broco Don Broco have gained a large following in the UK since their formation in 2008, in the same year releasing their 'Thug Workout' (2008) EP. A fresh and exciting blend of intense post-hardcore mood swings, heavy riffs and casual-tongue in cheek vocals saw intrigue from fans, 'Big Fat Smile' (2011) only consolidated this and saw them supporting the likes of Four Year Strong and We Are The Ocean.


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Carry Fire by Robert Plant Considering his status in the music world, it would be easy for Robert Plant to rest on his Led Zeppelin laurels and make the occasional outing to perform, yet, Plant has continued to explore the realms of world music with a number of different artists in tow.


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Album Review: Avalon British-born singer-songwriter Gabrielle Aplin has an impressive track record with a discography consisting of two studio albums, now six EP’s, three live albums and nine singles. Her most recent EP, ‘Avalon’ was released on the 6th of October after releasing her first single from the album, ‘Waking Up Slow’ in August this year.


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