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Alternative & Indie - Released April 3, 2020 | Virgin EMI

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Pop - Released November 26, 2019 | Virgin EMI

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Electronic - Released June 21, 2019 | Virgin EMI

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released May 17, 2019 | Virgin EMI

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R&B - Released May 10, 2019 | Virgin EMI

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 12, 2019 | Virgin EMI

The sophomore album from Walking on Cars, 2019's Colours, finds the Irish outfit expanding upon the anthemic pop of their debut with a distinctly moodier vibe. Recorded in the band's home studio in Dingle, County Kerry, as well as at RAK studios in London and Angelic Studios near Banbury, England, the album once again centers on the passionately throaty lead vocals of Patrick Sheehy. While there is a dynamic intent to many of these songs, they often sound too much alike, with sustained minor-key verses and overblown choruses that are never as memorable as they seem to want to be. Tracks like the opener, "Monster," and "Coldest Water" feature Sheehy singing dramatically about overcoming dark obstacles. On "Coldest Water" he sings, "I was looking for a friend, but it all came to an end. I survived, yeah I survived." That said, there are some nice keyboard accents and backing vocals throughout the album courtesy of bandmate Sorcha Durham that bring to mind the chilly goth atmosphere of Depeche Mode, but the tone is always just a titch too earnest and self-serious. In fact, you might be inclined to call this post-grunge, if not for the acoustic guitars, keyboards, and electronic beats that the band favors in production. In that sense, the album represents something of an aesthetic shift away from the Coldplay-style uplift of their debut toward something more akin to X Ambassadors' angsty brand of pop. It takes over half of the album before several brightly attenuated songs emerge from the earnest gloom to shake you by the ears. "One Last Dance" evokes the epic, emotive sound of '80s Peter Gabriel. Similarly, "Too Emotional" is a sparkling, synth-heavy groover that hints at a more ebullient future direction. © Matt Collar /TiVo
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Pop - Released April 5, 2019 | Virgin EMI

"The album opens with the powerful ‘Deal With It,’ a floor-stomping anthem....With chanting layered vocals and feel-good production, it’s a school kid’s dream..." © TiVo
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Pop - Released January 18, 2019 | Virgin EMI

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Dance - Released October 31, 2018 | Virgin EMI

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

Composed of buzzy guitar riffs, pummeling percussion, and tongue-in-cheek lyrics, Acts of Fear and Love is the third LP from English punk rock duo Slaves. Following 2016's Take Control, the effort was produced by Jolyon Thomas (U2, Royal Blood) and was released on Virgin EMI Records. © Rob Wacey /TiVo
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Dance - Released June 1, 2018 | Virgin EMI

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released October 20, 2017 | Virgin EMI

7 Days is one of two mixtapes that the English rap duo put out simultaneously, and it's also the first release since their 2015 debut, The Long Way Home. 7 Days is the more club-oriented of the two projects and features guest spots from J Hus, Skepta, Stormzy, and Abra Cadabra. The lead single "Wo Wo Wo" preceded the album's release. © Bekki Bemrose /TiVo
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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released October 20, 2017 | Virgin EMI

7 Nights is one of two mixtapes that the English rap duo put out simultaneously, and their first release since their 2015 debut The Long Way Home. 7 Nights is more R&B-orientated than the 7 Days project, and features guest spots from Jhene Aiko, Hudson East, and Tory Lanez. The track "For Me" was released in support of the album prior to its release. © Bekki Bemrose /TiVo
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Dance - Released October 6, 2017 | Virgin EMI

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Pop - Released September 1, 2017 | Virgin EMI

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Pop - Released August 4, 2017 | Virgin EMI

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Pop - Released August 4, 2017 | Virgin EMI

Despite their somewhat cheeky, faux-glamorous name, Britain's the Vamps make bland EDM- and R&B-influenced pop that has neither pop teeth nor wild originality on their third studio album, 2017's Night & Day: Night Edition. A four-member boy band who have been nipping at the heels of One Direction since debuting in 2013, the Vamps make dancey, Disney-style pop that's musically frothy and vocally lacking. Dumbfoundedly, Night & Day: Night Edition is even something of a creative step backwards from the group's 2015 effort, Wake Up, in that they've traded an arguably hip, kinetic, guitar-and-synth-based new wave influence for a standard electronic-based, adult contemporary pop approach. One might distantly compare their soft-hitting style to the now improbably iconic '90s outfit Take That, if they actually had some vocal range. Which isn't to say that lead singer Bradley Simpson doesn't have a pleasant voice. The problem is more in the production, which often finds his nasally, yearning croon multi-tracked in unison, a choice that ends up sounding less Justin Timberlake and more children's choir. Think Justin Bieber multiplied and you'll get a good sense of what the Vamps have achieved here. There are a few interesting jams on Night & Day: Night Edition, like the '80s-style, Daft Punk-disco meme "Shades On" and the flamenco-tinged "It's a Lie," featuring Tini. Primarily though, we get warmed-over festival anthems like "All Night" with Matoma, the clubby seducer "Hands" featuring Sabrina Carpenter, and the ersatz Mumford & Sons folk of "Stay." Not helping the situation are the inclusion of two generic, YouTube-ready acoustic-based ballads with "Paper Hearts" and the "More Than Words"-esque rehash "Sad Song." Ultimately, the most disappointing aspect of the Vamps is that with their comic book name and mopsy '90s hair-dos, they promise the kind of hooky pop fun the best boy bands often do. Sadly, Night & Day: Night Edition is the kind of album that could have been recorded by any number of the Vamps' contemporary pop acolytes. © Matt Collar /TiVo