Ed Sheeran – x

There’s no doubt the fiery, but unassuming underground artist Ed Sheeran is no more. After an incredible rise to fame over the past three years, can the now 23-year-old singer-songwriter’s second album keep both old and new fans happy?

I remember when Snow Patrol’s third album was on the horizon. The band had been through a rough time, but fans still held them dear. ‘Starfighter Pilot’ had been an indie anthem for years, and their second album was widely acclaimed, despite selling poorly.

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Tom Odell – Long Way Down

Let’s tackle the obvious first: Yes, he won the Brits Critics’ Choice Award, and yes, Lily Allen ‘discovered him’ ridiculously comparing him to David Bowie, and yes, NME gave this album 0/10 prompting Odell’s father to ring and complain, but no, it’s really not that bad.

Some background first. Despite what you might read, Tom Odell probably never asked for the hype. The Brits award was almost forced upon him; following four successive years of female artists being Critics’ Choice, a change was needed and he was the only man standing.

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Beady Eye – BE

The problem with Beady Eye’s last record ‘Different Gear, Still Speeding’, in particular its frontman, was a desperation to recreate past glories instead of looking to the future.

Thankfully that gap has been bridged on BE with the recruitment of TV On The Radio’s Dave Sitek as producer. Let’s be frank upfront though, this record would be a car-crash without him on board.

Lead single ‘Flick Of The Finger’ kicks things of brilliantly. It has Sitek’s influence deeply embedded with raging brass and a progressive rythym.

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The Kooks – Konk

The Kooks return, but will they please the Ford Focus drivers and indie kids alike?

Let’s start with a fact. The Kooks debut album, Inside In/Inside Out, shifted over 1.5million copies and stayed in the charts for what seemed like an eternity. That is a fact. However that doesn’t mean it was any good.

Sure we overlooked the Brit School indie wannabe attitude for great tunes like Naive and Jackie Big Tits, but underneath it all was an album lacking any substance further than a few cracking summer tunes and a whole lot of filler.

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Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. – The Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager

Sam Duckworth is a very varied man. Although he’s probably fed up with it already, many have compared him to fellow Essex acoustic performer Billy Bragg due to his politcal aspirations. Comparisons have also been drawn with wide-ranging bands such as Blur, Lemon Jelly and At The Drive In. He used to front a metal band. He certainly isn’t easy to pin down to a genre.

His aspirations at the moment though focus on his alter-ego, Get Cape.

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