tUnE-yArDs : Nikki Nack ★★★★ ~ Release Date: May 5, 2014 by 4AD ~

Such a delightfully interesting bunch of songs that are neatly and meticulously constructed and arranged. The vocals are unique and pleasantly high in frequency - which allows them to sit neatly on top of the mid and low ranges created by the percussion, backing vocals and the many other instruments...  at times 'instruments' are hard to place your finger on exactly what and how certain sounds are made. Nikki Nack is a great album and I love it.

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YOUNG THE GIANT : MIND OVER MATTER Released: January 21, 2014 by FUELED BY RAMEN ★★★

Mind Over Matter is a cool album - the second track 'anagram' is pop-rock at it's best. Sameer Gadhia, Young The Giant's front man, has a great voice andI can't get enough of it! Furthermore, this album has some great guitar riffs, solos and licks... combined with a plethora of really cool guitar effect make this album a listening pleasure. Drumming-wise it speedy, big, powerful and Francois Comtois has a penchant for double time... and I like it! There's also a lovely catch-your-breath tune in the middle called 'Firefly' which is well placed and one of my favourite tunes on this album. Sadly however, the tunes after 'Firefly' (track 7) are not as great as the tunes that proceed it. Overall a great album thats tapers off after Firefly.

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BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB: So Long, See You Tomorrow (Universal Island Records 2014) ★★★★

So Long, See You Tomorrow is a very very good album full of clever and well-crafted tunes. This album won't grab your attention on the first nor second listen, however, it will slowly grow on you - much like the introduction of the opening track 'Overdone'. This album demonstrates a clever blend of light 'n' shade and, it is some of this album's more fragile and lighter moments that produce the most beautiful listening pleasures, like the tune 'Home By Now'. Well done BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB for this wonderful piece of work.

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THE BELLE BRIGADE: Just Because (ATO Records 2014) ★★★★★

WOW! This is a great album! The Belle Brigade, the brother-sister combination with an inexplicable ability to craft gentle, strong, thought-provoking, smooth, intricate and beautiful songs. The album fits well together from start to finish, and once there... I hit repeat again and again and again. I love this album!

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AMERICAN AUTHORS: Oh, What a Life (The Island Def Jam 2014) ★★★★

The name turns me off, the look of the band turns me off, the fact that their big hit 'Best Day of My Life' is too feel-good and was even covered by the GLEE performer turns me off and lastly, because they sound like a nicer version of Imagine Dragons also turns me of... but if I listen to the album and shut all that out... I like it! 

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Skaters : Manhattan (2014) ★★★★

 \m/  ROCK... but not RAWK 'n' FAWKIN' ROLL \m/  ... Think Strokes early stuff with more surf guitar... even though these guy are from New York... which is a long way from the beach. On this album the Skaters have their style locked in and don't veer to far from this...  and that's fine by me cause I love this style of music! Cool tunes and I have played this album a lot since I got a copy. 

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Beck : Morning Phase (2014) ★★★★★

This is a beautiful album from a beautiful man! Each track effortlessly rolls along and on the surface appears lovely and simple, yet when you closely listen to the arrangements one realises that this is far from simple, but rather a rich and carefully woven tapestry of sounds that work so well together it is seamless. A truly amazing album and it was well worth the wait. Thank you Beck!

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Band of Horses : Acoustic At The Ryman (2014) ★★★

Band of Horses fans will love this live, laid-back album. Especially the history of the venue, Nashville's 1892 Ryman Auditorium, and the quality of the live recording and the intimate vibe. However, the album as a whole is a little bland and un-eventful is best listened to on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Best tunes: Marry Song, No One's Gonna Love You and Wicked Gil.

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