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Tuned In: Album Reviews

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

Written by . Published on September 15th 2011.

Tuned In: Album Reviews

Christina Perri – Lovestrong


Lovestrong seems a fitting title for Christina Perri’s debut album. You guessed it, there’s a whole lot of love on this one. Perri’s hit ‘Jar of Hearts’, which featured on So You Think You Can Dance, sold more than 100,000 digital copies in a few months last summer, a success which landed her on the VH1 Top 20 Music Video Countdown last year as well as getting ‘band of the week’ from Rolling Stone. Her smooth and somewhat powerful voice was a feature her new fans have been looking forward to hearing ahead of the release of her debut album next week.

The album takes you from love ballad to the next with the odd exception such as ‘Bang Bang Bang’. The only problem is you can’t help but get a bit bored of hearing Perri’s broken heart accompanied by the sad piano notes. Some of the song titles such as ‘Sad Song’, ‘Tragedy’ and ‘Bluebird’ sum up the musical agenda of the album perfectly. However, there are some more enlightened moments with the track ‘Miles’ bringing a welcome change of pace with a catch acoustic guitar to partner and ‘Distance’ displaying strong male/female vocals.

Perri clearly has a great talent but frustratingly hasn’t been give the opportunity to really show the public what she’s about outside her own love life.

Out 19 September via Atlantic Records

Squarehead – Yeah Nothing


New Irish trio Squarehead release their debut album with pop harmonies, garage and an old school rock ’n’ roll flavour. Initially a solo acoustic project of singer and guitarist Roy Duffy, the success has turned into something much bigger with a band being formed and placed somewhere between the harmonies of The Beach Boys and spirited punk of Portland’s The Wipers. You can catch them at the Old Blue Last on 22 September.

Out 19 September via Richter Collective

Natalia Kills – Perfectionist


Scouted by Will.I.Am after hearing some of her demos, new English sensation Natalia Kills has since been waiting in the shadows for the release of her new album. The Black Eyed Peas member also features on her single ‘Free’, a power pop song with all the components of a well produced banger. The album draws comparisons with early '80s tunes from bands such as Depeche Mode and the Eurtythmics with a modern twist.

Out 19 September 19th via CherryTree / Polydor records

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