SOUND NT JUDGEME

THE LAT­EST AL­BUM RE­LEASES RATED AND RE­VIEWED

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ED SHEERAN

– NO.6 COL­LAB­O­RA­TIONS PROJECT

★★★★ ★

SHEERAN’S fourth al­bum is a show­case of the best in cur­rent pop, rock, grime and hip-hop, blend­ing them all with his sig­na­ture singer-song­writer (and part-time rap­per) style.

De­spite what crit­ics may think of Sheeran, his ver­sa­til­ity knows no bounds as he strad­dles soul­ful slow jams with the likes of Yebba and Ella Mai, grime with Stor­mzy, hip-hop with Eminem and 50 Cent and rock with Bruno Mars and Chris Sta­ple­ton. No track is bad, but there are def­i­nite stand-outs, in­clud­ing the col­lab with Mars and Sta­ple­ton. Sheeran should def­i­nitely con­sider fo­cus­ing on more rock-tinged mu­sic go­ing for­ward.

FREYA RID­INGS

– FREYA RID­INGS

★★★★ ★

HER 2018 sin­gle Lost With­out You put her on the mu­sic map. And one thing is for cer­tain: Freya Rid­ings isn’t go­ing any­where but to the top of the charts. Her de­but, self-ti­tled al­bum is packed with one hit-wor­thy song af­ter an­other.

Cas­tles is al­ready prov­ing to be a favourite and there are plenty of im­pres­sive songs left to feast on in­clud­ing Holy Wa­ter, Ul­travi­o­let and Still Have You. With a Glas­ton­bury per­for­mance un­der her belt al­ready, ex­pect to hear a lot more from Rid­ings.

ADA LEA

– WHAT WE SAY IN PRI­VATE

★★★ ★★

FOL­LOW­ING the end of a re­cent ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship, Ada Lea de­cided to keep a di­ary for 180 days. She had to act.

She would stay up, some­times for days at a time, paint­ing and writ­ing madly. The Mon­treal-based mu­si­cian and artist, wanted to mark her route to in­de­pen­dence but in­ad­ver­tently cre­ated the foun­da­tions of her de­but al­bum.

It tack­les heart­break, but more than that it nails the messy, com­pli­cated re­al­ity of ex­tract­ing one­self from an­other per­son. Her medium? Age­less glam rock, thrash­ing gui­tars and zeit­geist-y vi­su­als. On all these tracks, Lea man­ages to com­bine heavy, dis­so­nant gui­tars with a laid-back, slacker vibe.

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