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Reviews: The Walkmen, Beach House, Exitmusic, Edward Sharpe

In which I briefly summarise four albums I’ve been meaning to review for a while: The Walkmen ‘Heaven’, Beach House ‘Bloom’, Exitmusic ‘Passage’, and Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros ‘Here’.

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Review: The Tallest Man On Earth ‘There’s No Leaving Now’

Kristian Matsson, also known as The Tallest Man On Earth, is an artist who was plagued with the burden of comparisons when he started recording music, most notably to some guy called Bob Dylan. It is therefore ironic that now, about to release his third studio album ‘There’s No Leaving Now’, it is more often other musicians that are compared to Matsson. The Tallest Man On Earth may not have exactly reinvented music, but he certainly has demonstrated a special form of escapism through music that many other acts have tried, and, for the most part failed, to capture.

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Review: Georgia Fair ‘All Through Winter’

Georgia Fair’s debut album ‘All Through Winter’ shows that, even without picture frames, milk drinks, and guest singers, the New South Wales band’s beautiful brand of introspective folk music really does speak for itself.

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Review: Pearl Jam ‘Twenty’

Last night I saw the Pearl Jam documentary ‘Twenty’ in a movie theater half-full with diehard fans of the band, including two people who had obviously confused the event with a concert and booked seats in the center of the front row. Directed by (and told through the point of view of) Cameron Crowe, a man just as interesting as the bands that he documents, this movie is brilliant, surprisingly powerful, and very interesting. But despite this it’s still strictly just for fans, which is perhaps why it only appeared in cinemas for the one night.

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Review: Grouplove ‘Never Trust A Happy Song’

The best thing about Californian band Grouplove is… well, the group love. There’s such a sense of community spirit and carefree exuberance to everything that they do that it would take a concentrated effort not to get swept up in the joy of their music. Conveying this in a studio release is significantly more difficult than conveying it live, but yet, with the release of their long-anticipated debut album ‘Never Trust A Happy Song’, Grouplove have done just that.

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Review: Little Scout ‘Take Your Light’

Unsurprisingly, it turns out that when you combine talent, patience, and fine company, you get nothing short of an impeccable record.

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