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THE BLACK KEYS - Turn Blue AFTER 2011's stomper of an album El Camino and single Lonely Boy won them three Grammies, there's a lot of pressure for the Black Keys' latest offering to be just as brilliant. Luckily, it is. First single Fever is one of the most upbeat on the album, demanding attention with beautiful guitars and gorgeous lyrics. True Blue sees Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney return to a more blues heavy, chilled-out sound, which adds a nice variation to the album. It's Up To You Now is more experimental with its thundering drum beat, and the record storms to an end with the fun-loving and insanely cheery Gotta Get Away. True Blue proves that eight albums in, these talented guys are only just getting started.

THE BLACK KEYS - Turn Blue AFTER 2011's stomper of an album El Camino and single Lonely Boy won them three Grammies, there's a lot of pressure for the Black Keys' latest offering to be just as brilliant. Luckily, it is. First single Fever is one of the most upbeat on the album, demanding attention with beautiful guitars and gorgeous lyrics. True Blue sees Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney return to a more blues heavy, chilled-out sound, which adds a nice variation to the album. It's Up To You Now is more experimental with its thundering drum beat, and the record storms to an end with the fun-loving and insanely cheery Gotta Get Away. True Blue proves that eight albums in, these talented guys are only just getting started.

RATING: 9/10 RAY LAMONTAGNE - Supernova A DECADE on from his debut album Trouble, the 40-year-old American singer-songwriter returns with his fifth album Supernova, complete with a more upbeat and punchy sound. Track She's The One sees the New Hampshire musician's distinctive voice turn into almost a whisper, but somehow it isn't lost among the guitar riffs and drum-beat. Other stand-out songs include the title track with its vintage, almost doo-wop feel, while Airwaves has a Latin edge. RATING: 8/10 RAY LAMONTAGNE - Supernova A DECADE on from his debut album Trouble, the 40-year-old American singer-songwriter returns with his fifth album Supernova, complete with a more upbeat and punchy sound. Track She's The One sees the New Hampshire musician's distinctive voice turn into almost a whisper, but somehow it isn't lost among the guitar riffs and drum-beat. Other stand-out songs include the title track with its vintage, almost doo-wop feel, while Airwaves has a Latin edge. RATING: 8/10 CHROMEO - White Women CANADIAN electro-funk duo Dave 1 (David Macklovitch) and P-Thugg's (Patrick Gemayel) CHROMEO - White Women CANADIAN electro-funk duo Dave 1 (David Macklovitch) and P-Thugg's (Patrick Gemayel) fourth full-length studio album is less dancefloor-orientated than its predecessors, but the new material's blend of luxurious synths, easy listening melodies and wicked hooks proves surprisingly addictive.

Effortlessly catchy single Jealous (I Ain't With It) is an early highlight, and Solange Knowles's reliably sumptuous tones elevate the smooth ballad Lost On The Way Home. Toro Y Moi and Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig also turn up for spotlight-stealing cameos. RATING: 7/10 fourth full-length studio album is less dancefloor-orientated than its predecessors, but the new material's blend of luxurious synths, easy listening melodies and wicked hooks proves surprisingly addictive. Effortlessly catchy single Jealous (I Ain't With It) is an early highlight, and Solange Knowles's reliably sumptuous tones elevate the smooth ballad Lost On The Way Home. Toro Y Moi and Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig also turn up for spotlight-stealing cameos. RATING: 7/10
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Date:May 11, 2014
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