Album reviews: Denise Chaila, Matt Berninger, Ailbhe Reddy
Limerick’s Denise Chaila trips the light fantastic, The National’s lead singer presents an evocative debut solo album, and Ailbhe Reddy exhilarates with insightful pop songs
Denise Chaila: Go Bravely (Narolane Records)
Pitched as a mixtape (“a patchwork collection of . . . affirmations and declarations from every part of me that refused to lie down and give up,” says Limerick’s Denise Chaila) and not an album, there is nonetheless a coherence here that many artists would crave. Sonically textured, empathetically produced and featuring intuitive, nuanced wordplay (the audacious smarts of Ri Ra, Anseo and...
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Album reviews: David Crosby, Leon Bridges and Anne-Marie
A US songwriter, a master of rythmn and blues and a chart-topping pop star are reviewed this week
Classical Notes: Why are world-class musicians being paid a pittance?
After a six-month inquiry in Britain, a House of Commons committee has called for a 50/50 split between artists and record labels, and fairer streaming conditions. But will the report be acted upon?
Loah interview: ‘The 1920s was similarly explosive to what we’re living through now’
The Irish-Sierra Leonean singer-songwriter Loah has created a collection of songs using poetry from Yeats, Eva Gore-Booth and other Irish poets of the 1920s