- It’s been a tumultuous time for Kesha, but the Californian singer-songwriter has come back fighting. This third album, Rainbow, finds her triumphant, defiant, and reflective. Lead single ‘Praying’ is testament to this - “You said that I was done / But you were wrong, and now the best is yet to come,” she proclaims over epic strings. Compared to the in-your-face synth-pop of her earlier work, this record is certainly more subdued, with quiet acoustic and lilting country (including a feature from the stellar Dolly Parton) - though, that’s not to say there aren’t some upbeat jams too. Overall, Rainbow is powerful and uplifting: an insight into an artist overcoming adversity and finding her place.
- Many have questioned the relevance of guitar-led indie-rock in 2017, but The Cribs remain proof of the genre’s potency. 24-7 Rockstar Sh*t finds the Wakefield group in typically swaggering, melodic, scuzzy form, and it’s thrilling to hear. Recorded live to tape over just five days with legendary producer Steve Albini, there is a dizzying sense of immediacy to the music that sometimes stands in stark contrast to frontman Ryan Jarman’s laconic drawl and - at other times - complements his vital, adrenaline-fuelled shouting. For 10 punk, garage and noise-infused tracks that are both striking and jaded, look no further than the Cribs to remind you what's so exciting about rock music.