The Malta Independent 18 January 2017, Wednesday


Rick Astley re-emerges with surprisingly strong CD

Friday, 18 November 2016, 15:33 Last update: about 3 months ago

  No, you're not being Rick-rolled . He's back. Rick Astley, the soulful English pop star with the bouffant hair who sang "Never Gonna Give You Up" in the 1980s, has...

Nouvelle Vague's new album mixes covers, originals

Thursday, 17 November 2016, 15:32 Last update: about 3 months ago

Nouvelle Vague's "I Could Be Happy" adds the novelty of self-written tunes to the band's usual relaxed covers from superior rock and pop catalogues. Songs from The Ramones, The Cure and others...

Leonard Cohen old and wise on 'You Want It Darker'

Wednesday, 16 November 2016, 15:31 Last update: about 3 months ago

Leonard Cohen's late, late career resurgence reaches new heights on "You Want It Darker," an elegant treatise with deep felt layers of wisdom and a sense of finality. Produced mostly by son Adam,...

Lady Gaga's powerful voice stars on uneven 'Joanne'

Tuesday, 15 November 2016, 15:30 Last update: about 3 months ago

Lady Gaga has spent the last few years proving her vocal chops - the Grammy-winning album with Tony Bennett, the show-stopping "Sound of Music" tribute at last year's Academy Awards, her...

Revolution Radio" is Green Day back on straight and narrow

Saturday, 12 November 2016, 16:14 Last update: about 3 months ago

"Revolution Radio" sees Green Day back on the straight and narrow, a dozen potent tunes encasing the punk attitude with plenty of pop hooks. The band shakes off a few years in the wilderness,...

Matt Hires shines as he takes on demons

Friday, 11 November 2016, 16:01 Last update: about 3 months ago

Matt Hires wrestles with negativity - and has a knack for dark, cutting turns of phrase. "In the wilderness," he sings with serrated fury, "yeah, you're bound to fall, when you can't tell the...

Jonny Fritz heads off on another wild ride

Thursday, 10 November 2016, 15:58 Last update: about 3 months ago

Jonny Fritz left Nashville, he said, because it "had gotten too LA for me." So naturally he went to Los Angeles. That's the kind of offbeat logic we've come to expect from Fritz, whose campy...

JONES' debut a delicious slice of smooth electro-pop

Wednesday, 9 November 2016, 15:57 Last update: about 3 months ago

The music business is littered with folks named Jones - there's Tom Jones, Norah Jones, Rickie Lee Jones and Howard Jones, for starters. So make room for another, the all-capital JONES. That's...

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