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Tuned In: Album Reviews

The high and low notes that have landed on our desk this week

Published on August 17th 2011.

Tuned In: Album Reviews

Hard-Fi – Killer Sounds
Hard-Fi have been around long enough now for people to expect a musical progression. Since they burst onto the scene in 2007 with their debut album Once Upon a Time in the West, which lit up the charts for an incredible 100 weeks, they have stampeded their way around gigs and tours with their in your face noise. Their hotly anticipated new album, Killer Sounds, comes out next week with the main single ‘Good for Nothing’ receiving critical acclaim from Zane Lowe's Radio 1 show as the ‘hottest record in the world’. Since they shot to fame with singles ‘Cash Machine’, ‘Living for the Weekend’ and ‘Hard to Beat’, the band has enjoyed a lot of success, illustrated by their Mercury Music Prize nomination in 2005 as well as two Brit Awards. Since then they seem to have dwelled in their post Brit-pop sound. With the release of their new album, partly recorded in Los Angeles and Staines’ Cherry Lips studios, I was hoping for something a little different – away from their indie-rock thing. As much as the opener ‘Good for Nothing’ is boisterously up-beat and gives you a desire to stick two fingers up to anyone who might possibly get in your way walking down the street, the lack of invention is immediately obvious. I certainly wouldn’t call the sound killer, unless they were looking to become the new version of The Killers. 

Killer Sounds will be released on 22nd August on Necessary/Warner Records

Little Roy

Little Roy – Battle for Seattle
Little Roy are releasing their upcoming album Battle for Seattle, a cover collection of songs by Nirvana, to be released by Ark Recordings in September. The album includes songs such as, ‘Come As You Are’ incorporating a genre twist, as the vocalists take influence from the '60s and '70s reggae era. This is a new stance on the legend of Nirvana, not to be missed.

Battle for Seattle will be released on 5th September 2011


Nirvana - Nevermind - The 4-CD/1-DVD Super Deluxe Edition 
To carry on with the Nirvana theme, the re-release of Nevermind will include CDs, previously unreleased tracks, rarities, b-sides, BBC radio appearances, alternative mixes, rare live recordings and an unreleased concert in its entirety on DVD. The album release corresponds with the 20th anniversary of the classic album.

Nevermind will be released on 19th September

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