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Mercury Prize Nominee Ben Howard With Every Kingdom

I’ve never listened to Ben Howard before, at least not intentionally. His music may have been on in the background at some point but never have I paid him much attention.

But now that I’ve listened to this album he has garnered some respect from me, perhaps the most noticeable thing about him is that gruffly edged voice, it’s a quality that can draw a person in. (more…)

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Mercury Prize Nominee Jessie Ware With Devotion

Jessie Ware is a name that has been banded about quite a bit recently, yet the comment about her that stuck with me is that she’s impossible to stick in a genre, impossible to classify. This I find good, why should everyone be pigeonholed? Why should each artist be judged as rock or pop or folk? I think someone who flits between all genres is to be cherished, they’re truly talented. They don’t stick with what they know but go out and explore.

Which is why I chose her album to review first, she intrigued me. (more…)


Mercury Prize 2012 Nominations

So a few hours ago the Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2012 nominations were announced. It’s an annual event and perhaps one of the most coveted awards in the industry.

Last year PJ Harvey won it for the second time with her album Let England Shake and she was up against some tough competition with Adele, Tinie Tempah and Elbow. (more…)


Obsession of the Moment: Laura Marling

(Song of the Day to come this evening)

Ever since I discovered her first two albums Laura Marling has been an absolute favourite of mine. Her albums are almost impossible to get bored with.

Which means when I decided to listen to all her tracks on shuffle to get me through my daily routine I was once again hooked. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve heard her music before there’s always something new to admire. (more…)


Song of the Day: Ghosts by Laura Marling

Laura Marling is an absolutely phenomenal singer, songwriter from Hampshire. Her first wo albums were both nominated for the Mercury prize and last year she even won the Best Solo Female award at the BRITs despite many people still not knowing who she is. (more…)