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The Naked and Famous – Simple Forms

On this latest release, the New Zealand quintet are staying true to their synth-pop origins, although they seem to be making a bid for freedom from the indie tag that sometimes accompanies the genre. Simple Forms has largely relegated to the background whatever drums and guitar balanced the band’s earlier albums. This album instead brings […]

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Kings of Leon – Walls

Kings of Leon are one of those unfortunate bands who peaked too early. Whenever they release something new I am usually left listening to their seminal debut Youth & Young Manhood. I did my best to forget that album before listening to this one, but it is always difficult. WALLS has an energetic start. The […]

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My Sunshine Away

M.O. Walsh’s My Sunshine Away fuses crime literature with a coming-of-age story. The result is a novel that is sometimes interesting, but often poorly written and ultimately insensitive to its own subject matter. Set in late-1980s Louisiana, My Sunshine Away follows a nameless first person narrator as he recounts his teenage obsession with Lindy Simpson, […]