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Saving the “cult classic”: a Review of INSPIRATION INFORMATION

When an album is described to me as a “cult classic”, just as INSPIRATION INFORMATION was, alarm bells start ringing. A now overused term for pretentious art people don’t actually like, however, listen to in order to be perceived as cool, hipster and have a certain edge, cult classics often lead to a disappointing listen. Therefore, Read More…

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Corporate Pop or Heartfelt Folk: A New Look at Swift’s Folklore

Taylor Swift’s most recent album Folklore has been met with enthusiastic and vociferous acclaim. The Guardian saw fit to award it five stars and praised its emotional acuity. It took BuzzFeed all of four days to put together a quiz assigning each viewer’s personality a song from the album. Even the Financial Times set aside Read More…

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Aged introspection from Bob Dylan’s Rough and Rowdy 39th album

Standing in the middle of Hyde Park last July, I waited for the greatest living folk songwriter to take the stage. The heat was unbearable, made worse by the alienating claustrophobia of the surrounding audience – 65,000 glassy-eyed boomers, each competing to see who had the most ancient concert t-shirt. When Bob Dylan’s band finally Read More…