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Alternative & Indie - Released January 31, 2020 | Virgin EMI

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 27, 2018 | Virgin EMI

Cool Like You is the sophomore album from Manchester quintet Blossoms following their 2016 eponymous debut. Produced by James Skelly and Rich Turvey at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool, the album sees the band continue its mix of classic British indie rock -- with nods to Oasis and the Stone Roses -- and contemporary pop. The singles "There's a Reason Why (I Never Returned Your Calls)" and "I Can't Stand It" are included. ~ Rich Wilson
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Alternative & Indie - Released June 20, 2019 | Virgin EMI

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 5, 2016 | Virgin EMI

Blossoms' self-titled first effort sounds less like a debut and more like a greatest-hits album from a veteran group. Years in the making, Blossoms is indeed a compilation of sorts, culling eight of twelve songs from the Stockport band's multiple EPs, which were released as early as 2013. As such, there's a sense of disjointedness with the pacing and cohesion, feeling less like a singular vision and more like a singles collection. Nonetheless, the strength of the songwriting and Blossoms' keen knack for big hooks kindles excitement from start to finish. From the psych-sludge vibe of their earliest work through their shimmering synth evolution, Blossoms prove they can pull off everything from New Romantic sheen to trippy psychedelic groove, giving sly nods to a wide range of fellow countrymen like the Stone Roses, Kasabian, the Coral (whose own James Skelly is a producer here), Suede, and Arctic Monkeys. Frontman Tom Ogden's vocals connect the wide range of sounds, bridging a gap between Alex Turner and Richard Ashcroft, while the band -- Joe Donovan (drums), Charlie Salt (bass, vocals), Josh Dewhurst (guitar), and Myles Kellock (keyboards, vocals) -- zigzag from confident cool ("Charlemagne") to driving urgency ("At Most a Kiss"), and bucolic pleasantries ("Blown Rose") to nocturnal chill ("Smashed Pianos"). There's a lot going on here, which makes for a listen that seldom bores. "Getaway" rides an open-road Killers synth melody that merges with Keane along the way, while "Honey Sweet" carries those synths further into the 1975 territory. For fans of their early EPs, that murky darkness creeps in on a handful of tracks like the sleazy Arctic Monkeys redux on "Cut Me and I'll Bleed" and their first single "Blow." Of the newer songs, "Texia" is a standout, echoing the bass bounce of New Order and Pet Shop Boys through a Groove Armada lens. Overall, Blossoms is a strong debut that distills the best of the quintet's diverse influences into a catchy amalgam that opts to shoot for the mainstream rather than stick to the same old sound. ~ Neil Z. Yeung
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Alternative & Indie - Released November 21, 2019 | Virgin EMI

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 11, 2016 | Virgin EMI

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 17, 2018 | Virgin EMI

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 7, 2018 | Virgin EMI

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 16, 2019 | Virgin EMI

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 5, 2016 | Virgin EMI

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 19, 2015 | Skeleton Key Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 26, 2014 | Skeleton Key Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 6, 2018 | Virgin EMI

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 31, 2020 | Virgin EMI

Within four short years, U.K. indie band Blossoms went from small-town heroes to festival headliners, coursing a steady trajectory from scrappy kids on the verge to chart-topping grownups. On their third effort, Foolish Loving Spaces, the group shine with a collection of light, poppy confections that focus on love and relationships. With their hearts on their sleeves, they adopt a charming, almost precious style that packs elastic basslines, bright synths, relaxed guitars, and frontman Tom Ogden's sweet, yearning vocals into a brisk, ten-song burst. With longtime producers James Skelly and Rich Turvey, Blossoms improve upon their new wave-inspired sophomore LP Cool Like You and crack open the painfully hip constraints of their breakthrough debut. Foolish Loving Spaces unabashedly embraces the treacle and fuzzy emotions associated with love in its many forms, demonstrating a graceful maturity and comforting confidence in the process. From the peppy opener "If You Think This Is Real Life" to the humorous "Your Girlfriend" -- told from the perspective of a yearning third wheel -- Ogden's storytelling shines here as each song becomes a vignette of a larger narrative that is relatable and unassuming. The band also takes steps into fresh territory, recruiting a gospel choir for "Falling for Someone" and going acoustic for "My Vacant Days." While "The Keeper" is an adorable anthem that pledges devotion "until we're bones," the bittersweet "Romance, Eh?" resigns itself to the highs and lows of relationships. Additional highlights include the jaunty "Sunday Was a Friend of Mine," which echoes early-era Strokes, and the sleek closer "Like Gravity," which is the lone sonic throwback to their older material. While this set is not as immediate as their first two albums, Foolish Loving Spaces winds up being the one that is most rewarding after repeat listens, an enjoyable, nostalgic ode to pure affection. Coolness be damned. ~ Neil Z. Yeung
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Alternative & Indie - Released April 27, 2018 | Virgin EMI

Cool Like You is the sophomore album from Manchester quintet Blossoms following their 2016 eponymous debut. Produced by James Skelly and Rich Turvey at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool, the album sees the band continue its mix of classic British indie rock -- with nods to Oasis and the Stone Roses -- and contemporary pop. The singles "There's a Reason Why (I Never Returned Your Calls)" and "I Can't Stand It" are included. ~ Rich Wilson
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 28, 2018 | Virgin EMI

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 13, 2019 | Virgin EMI

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 25, 2014 | Blossoms