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Tales from the Thames Delta

Stealing Sheep Into the Diamond Sun

Painful to say, this album was a slight disappointment. Maybe it needs more time, or maybe it’s because despite how hard we try, we can’t help but hark back to previous hits. Although futile to dwell on the past, we feel that this album sounds dated and somewhat samey. Is this just their signature style and the reason why they’re so dearly loved? We’re hoping so and that with more listens we will “get it.”

Each track is mixed in together, using background noises and mini outros to create the feel of a live album, making it sound natural and refined. The first track Broke Up The Family, sets the tone for a high tempo, fun album. There’s ska and reggae in Mr Motivator, as well as some cool hip-hop beats and soulful tones throughout. Lay The Pain On Me is more sombre and emphasises the hard work put in by the band.

Liverpool’s own psych – folk trio Stealing Sheep recently released their debut album Into The Diamond Sun to much critical acclaim. The album has a mysterious and eerie feel, with marching rhythms, catchy pop tracks, ominous piano solos and impressive harmonies. The band’s ability to produce a varied and diverse range of music, without losing their identity, means you never quite know what’s coming next.

Ellie Witt

The Milk

Jack Rafferty

The Killers Battle Born

Of Monsters and Men My Head is an Animal

The Vaccines Come of Age

Exuding a maturity and timelessness in his lyrics and vocals, Ocean fuses class and poise whilst adding his own renowned style and attitude. Perhaps the coolest guy in music at the moment, Ocean’s seventeen track album is one to listen to when in need of some “swag” for your demeanour! Tracks which stand out are Lost, Forest Gump and Thinkin About You. We know who we’ll be voting for when it comes to the MOBO’s Best International Act Award.

This band seem fun, and when listening to them, we just want to be their friends! There is something very familiar about their sound providing comfort and almost nostalgia. The choruses, the slow build of excitement through each song and the catchy rhythms all contribute to a joyful and commendable debut album. The well known Little Talks can’t help but get you dancing and Dirty Paws and King and Lionheart demonstrate just how talented and exciting this band is.

This album is what one might describe as ‘a grower’. With high hopes after their stellar debut, we weren’t overly impressed on initial listening. However over time we discovered a solid rock album which, as the name suggests, presents a growth and evolution of the band’s sound. With some catchy pop songs, this album is moodier and grungier than the last. Perhaps not the complete package, but rapidly moving towards it, with a good number of quality tracks to satisfy fans.

Jack Rafferty

Frank Ocean Channel Orange

Ellie Witt

Ellie Witt

Ellie Witt

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