Gorillaz “Plastic Beach” review

Corporate line: Five years on from the release of Demon Days, Murdoc Niccals and co. return with Plastic Beach. The band have taken up residence, recording on a secret floating island deep in the South Pacific, a Plastic Beach HQ, made up of the detritus, debris and washed up remnants of humanity. This Plastic Beach …

Lifehouse “Smoke & Mirrors” review

Corporate line: Lifehouse ended up spending a year recording upwards of thirty-five tracks before settling on the twelve songs that make up Smoke & Mirrors (many of the rest will be included on a deluxe edition). The record is loosely split between rock tracks meant to capture the feel of seeing Lifehouse live, and extremely …

Daniel Merriweather “Love & War” review

Corporate line: Though Daniel Merriweather may be best known in the US as the remarkably soulful voice behind “Stop Me” (a standout track from DJ/producer Mark Ronson’s eclectic album Version that went to #1 on the UK’s airplay chart), the 27-year-old Melbourne native firmly establishes himself as a solo artist in his own right on …

Katharine McPhee “Unbroken” review

Artist: Katharine McPhee Title: Unbroken Label: Verve Rating: 4/10 Corporate line: Katharine McPhee warmly laughs as she confesses she’s been in “artistic hiding” for the last few years. “It took me a long time to figure out where I wanted to go and be as an artist,” she says. “I needed time to learn who …

Lady Gaga “The Fame Monster” review

Artist: Lady Gaga Title: The Fame Monster Label: Interscope Rating: 6.5/10 Corporate line: “The Fame Monster,” in three different versions – a standard version of the new 8-song album; a deluxe version which includes both The Fame Monster and her massively successful debut album The Fame; and this collector’s edition super-deluxe art book version, which …

Robin Thicke “Sex Therapy: The Session” review

Artist: Robin Thicke Title: Sex Therapy Label: Interscope Rating: 7/10 Corporate line: The fourth album from the Grammy Award-winning R&B/Pop singer, songwriter and producer. While he has achieved success with his own solo albums, he has also achieved great success as a songwriter and producer with artists like Usher, Lil Wayne and Jennifer Hudson. Song …

Thirty Seconds to Mars “This Is War” review

Corporate line: Thirty Seconds To Mars bring you their third album, This Is War produced by Flood (U2, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails and Smashing Pumpkins)Steve Lillywhite (The Rolling Stones, U2) and Thirty Seconds To Mars, a follow-up to the bands’ hit album, A Beautiful Lie. In an innovative and exciting move, Thirty Seconds to …