Review of Self-Esteem – A Woman Reborn

Even though it’s just the first song of the night, half of the audience is howling like dogs. Of course, delirious excitement is the proper reaction to Self Esteem’s maximalist pop. A few hundred people are jammed into what may be the last of Sheffield-bred singer-songwriter Rebecca Lucy Taylor’s numerous jaunts throughout Britain’s small venues, […]

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The Taylor Swift: Red (Taylor’s Version) Review

Taylor Swift’s attempt to re-record (and reclaim ownership of) the six albums she released for label Big Machine, which were allegedly sold out from under her to an old rival, continues with the release of Fearless earlier this spring. Red, released in 2012, is one half of some of the greatest pop songs of all […]

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Margo Cilker’s Debut Album Is A Waking Dream

Californian by birth, Oregonian by choice Margo Cilker has spent years honing her story-songs on the road, touring throughout the United States and the Basque Country of Spain, where she created a covers band and sang songs by Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young. “You have to face your fears,” she says, “and […]

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‘I Felt Myself Opening Up in a New Manner,’ Says Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett was in Los Angeles at the start of 2020, when her native nation was burning and the rest of the world was waking up to a worldwide epidemic. She’d recently finished a tour in the United States, and her intention was to locate an apartment and stay in town a bit longer to […]

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No Songs from Abba in Voyage

The road to Voyage, Abba’s last studio album and their first in 40 years, started in August with a post from their gleaming new Twitter account, inviting fans to “join us.” Billboards appeared all over London, depicting a solar eclipse and a glitter ball in a sci-fi shape. A week later, a 10-track album and […]

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Thank You Review: An Anemic Return for Diana Ross

Smash Hits magazine interviewed Diana Ross in 1982. Her ongoing commercial success two decades after the Supremes’ initial song was shown by her appearance amid the breathless coverage of Duran Duran and Haircut 100. She mentioned the band’s peak in the 1960s, but argued, as befitting an artist who had just released two platinum albums […]

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