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Rock - Released October 22, 2021 | WM UK

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Rock - Released October 8, 2021 | WM UK

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Film Soundtracks - Released August 27, 2021 | WM UK

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Progressive Rock - Released August 6, 2021 | WM UK

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Progressive Rock - Released July 23, 2021 | WM UK

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 16, 2021 | WM UK

Returning to the album game three years after the charmingly curious Youth Novels, Lykke Li Zachrisson has grown up and moved away a little bit from the rather timid, waifish, precocious young woman of her debut. She hasn't entirely let go of her girlish sweetness, and she certainly hasn't lost her way with a melodic hook, but she's largely outgrown the more cloyingly precious, occasionally clumsy tendencies that sometimes plagued her debut, and her singing voice, while still appealingly personable and distinctive, has gotten considerably more forceful. Indeed, despite its vulnerable title, Wounded Rhymes practically oozes confidence, barreling out of the gate with the swaggering, rabble-rousing "Youth Knows No Pain," all in-the-red handclaps, hip-shaking drums and tambourines, and downright nasty, psych-damaged organ, as Li sneeringly exhorts us to "C'mon honey, blow yourself to pieces." Even with a roughly even ratio of ballads to rockers, and a fair complement of woebegone lyrics, there's a similar sense of toughness throughout. But it's a fleshy, lived-in toughness, equally unabashed about declarations of love (the deeply romantic "I Follow Rivers," the powerfully passionate "Love out of Lust," and the borderline obsessive "Jerome"), and provocations like the fierce, sexually aggressive "Get Some." Musically, Li and returning producer/co-writer Bjorn Yttling (of Peter Bjorn and John) use the bare-bones, rhythmically oriented textures of Youth Novels (and of his band's 2009 album Living Thing) as a springboard, keeping starkly intimate vocals, clattering drums, and all manner of oddball percussion sounds at the forefront (check "Rivers"' fetchingly wonky, detuned xylophone riff), but they flesh things out somewhat with guitars and organs, frequently multiplying Li's voice to create an ad hoc backup choir, resulting in a considerably fuller-sounding effort that still feels grittily immediate and raw. Rhymes also reveals, and revels in, Li's fondness for '50s and '60s rock and pop, hearkening equally to classic girl group sounds and harder-edged garage rock. In fact, she and Yttling pull out just about every time-worn trick in the throwback pop playbook: doo wop arpeggios and "shoo-wop shoo-wop" backups on the gentle "Unrequited Love," a thunderous Bo Diddley beat and tremulous spy/surf guitar on "Get Some," seedy "96 Tears"-derived organ on "Rich Kid Blues," and "Be My Baby" drums, and Spector-ian orchestra bells on the big ballad centerpiece "Sadness Is a Blessing." But despite that plethora of knowing musical allusions, this is by no means a stale, cut-and-dried retro affair. On the contrary: it's an inspired, rugged, smart, emotive, coolly modern piece of indie pop, and an improvement on Lykke Li's debut in just about every respect. © K. Ross Hoffman /TiVo
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Progressive Rock - Released July 9, 2021 | WM UK

Art of Noise's brilliant new wave pop re-working of Henry Mancini's Peter Gunn theme became a surprise smash in the British pop charts in 1986, scoring a berth in the top 10 that is exceedingly rare for an instrumental song. Of course, they had fine material to work from. Mancini's tune, with it's memorable opening bass riff and it's powerfully bursting brass melody, has long ranked among the best theme songs in television history. Art of Noise brought it into the '80s by adding a driving drum backing, electric guitar, spacey synth bridges and quirky sampled and synthesized noises. The tune is immaculately timed, building from the rich guitar opening, provided by the remarkable Duane Eddy, to a blustery brass climax and starting again. This 12" single also includes an extended version of "Peter Gunn," which, you may be surprised to learn, does not get old after six minutes. There is also an unremarkable instrumental track called "Something Always Happens" that mixes '70s vibraphones, strings, synthesizers and samples of almost inaudibly mumbled phrases that include the words Art of Noise. For those who dig the title track but don't have much patience for experimental sound collage, the single may be sufficient. Those who already own In Visible Silence or The Best of the Art of Noise will probably want to pass on the single. © Evan Cater /TiVo
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Progressive Rock - Released June 25, 2021 | WM UK

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R&B - Released June 11, 2021 | WM UK

Although it's not unique, Mark Morrison has a stronger voice than many of his urban soul peers, especially if he is just ranked among his British contemporaries. He doesn't have an ear for strong songs, and his production team is a little bland, but when they hit upon the right formula, like they do on the title track of Return of the Mack, the result is highly entertaining dance-pop. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Rock - Released April 9, 2021 | WM UK

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Rock - Released March 26, 2021 | WM UK

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Pop - Released January 29, 2021 | WM UK

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Pop - Released December 11, 2020 | WM UK

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Pop - Released December 11, 2020 | WM UK

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Pop - Released November 20, 2020 | WM UK

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This 51-track collection digs into the back catalogue of Chris Rea, covering the years between 1978 and 1984. Included are a number of singles -- such as "Fool (If You Think It’s Over)" -- alongside a number of demos, b-sides, and Spanish language versions. © Rich Wilson /TiVo
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Rock - Released November 20, 2020 | WM UK

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Pop - Released November 20, 2020 | WM UK

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Pop - Released November 13, 2020 | WM UK

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Pop - Released November 6, 2020 | WM UK

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Pop - Released October 30, 2020 | WM UK

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