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RIFF’d: Prince & 3rdeyegirl’s ‘Plectrumelectrum’

As an aging megastar, Prince is taking measured steps towards a new phase in his professional life. Plectrumelectrum is him acting as player-coach, familiarizing himself as a behind-the-scenes guy while still being able to break ankles on the court, a […]

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RIFF’d: U2′s ‘Songs of Innocence’

Ahh, the journalistic goldmine that only a washed-up, self-parodying act with unmatched misplaced self-importance can provide. From U2‘s new position as the Apple house band, to the automatic (and un-consensual) addition of their new album to your […]

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RIFF’d: Interpol’s ‘El Pintor’

El Pintor is as Interpol as they’ve ever been. Perhaps that’s why, given that they’d already done a self-titled, they went with an anagram of their band name for this record, their fifth. Banks is […]

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RIFF’d: Young Jeezy’s ‘Seen It All: The Autobiography’

Despite being arrested on gun charges, Young Jeezy’s 7th studio album ,Seen it All: The Autobiography, is slated to be released as scheduled. It’s a situation with serious implications, so nothing to scoff at, but convenient in […]

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RIFF’d: Ty Segall’s ‘Manipulator’

Ty Segall‘s having his Bowie moment – complete with a new, messianic and androgynous look. Beyond the surface, he’s also combining the many musical hats he’s worn on previous records (like Bowie’s many eras), tapping […]

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RIFF’D: FKA Twigs’ ‘Lp1′

FKA Twigs is a born winner, the picture of unrestrained opulence – being told you’re beautiful from the very beginning and believing ever word of it without questioning what it actually means to be beautiful. She’s a […]

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RIFF’d: Spoon’s ‘They Want My Soul’

Despite the adage, you can judge a book by its cover. Such as with Spoon‘s eighth studio album They Want My Soul, their first in four years. On it is an outstretched hand with a small cloud that is […]

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RIFF’d: La Roux’s ‘Trouble in Paradise’

Trouble in Paradise is a straight-up 80s record. Not a ‘hipster 80′s-revivalism, but mixed with shoe gaze, indie rock something else’ record - just 80s synth pop. As a fan of the high, catchy-as-hell vocal lines of […]

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RIFF’d: Morrissey’s ‘World Peace is None of Your Business’

We can all accept that Morrissey is possibly modern history’s single best reincarnation of Narcissus. His dedicated fanbase even enjoys it. Recently, his self-absorbed vanity has aged like a fine wine into crotchety old curmudgeon territory, giving his hatred of everyone and […]

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RIFF’d: Sia’s ’1000 Forms of Fear’

Sia is an amazing artist. Her first big gig was as a backing vocalist for Jamiroquai, but she went on to create heart-wrenching ballads like “Breathe Me,” plus memorably gave Zero 7 a silky smooth […]

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