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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Reverend and the Makers So Reverend and the Makers return with their new offering ‘ The Death of a King’ Initially born our of a collective of musicians the core of Jon McClure, Ed Cosens, Joe Carnall , Laura McClure and Ryan Jenkinson, this outing shares vocal duties amongst band members and chuck in a few friends as good measure and provides and eclectic and infectious outing.


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King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard Earlier this year Stu Mackenzie of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard announced that the band would be releasing as many as five new albums this year. At the time this may have seemed a rash hostage-to-fortune statement, but it’s now August and their third album of 2017 has just appeared. So they may still be on-target for five. How can they make all these albums in a year? Well, beside the fact that KGATLW are very industrious in terms of work ethic, the answer may be that, as they obviously don’t want to get typecast in terms of genre and style, they work through all sorts of experimental ideas and collaborations and quickly move on. In the future any attempt to do a KGATLW ‘best of’ selection is going to be a very tricky job, given the sheer breath of styles the band have taken in.


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