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SOUND JUDGEMENT; THE LATEST ALBUM RELEASES RATED AND REVIEWED.

STATUS QUO - THE LAST NIGHT OF THE ELECTRICS HHHHH THE band's decision to hang up their famous Fenders disappointed their legions of fans, so a final tour where they could storm the stage in their inimitable fashion one more time just had to be done. Sadly it was without the late Rick Parfitt due to illness.

For those who saw them on the tour, this album will be a reminder of just how good a live band The Quo really were. From the blasting riff of the classic opener, Caroline, to the final dying note of Bye Bye Johnny, every song is a diamond. And all performed in the only way the band could play: full throttle, passionate and committed.

THE VAMPS - NIGHT AND DAY (NIGHT EDITION) HHHH H IF THE Vamps ever wanted to prove their versatility then part one of their third studio album (being released in two phases), Night, has hit the mark perfectly.

Out in mid-July, it definitely continues the band's newer, electronicdance sound, achieved on All Night. Paper Hearts is a big, bold ballad that could just snag the top spot as one of the albums future biggest hits. Shades On is a fun, upbeat song that is a perfect party tune. Other tunes, like Stay and Sad Song, are also pretty ear-pleasing and in short, fans won't struggle to find not one, but a few favourite songs on this album.

MURA MASA - MURA MASA HHHH H MURA MASA'S selftitled debut album is full of contradictions but, like everything he's put out, that's a large part of what makes it work.

With beats crafted from multiple genres and eclectic instrumentation from across the world, particularly influenced by East Asia, the 21-yearold's sound is very much his own. This album encompasses songs that sound indie-inspired (Helpline, bits of Nothing Else!) ones that take their mould from dancehall/soca (Nuggets), and hip-hop (Love$ick) - but all have the Mura Masa stamp.

A stellar list of diverse features from the likes of Damon Albarn and frequent collaborator Bonzai helps tie together the album's story, while his own vocals stand out on Messy Love and Give Me The Ground.

Alex Crossan's debut will be groundbreaking to those new to his music and features something for everyone - as well as every stage of the party.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 14, 2017
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