10:16 Friday 27 December 2013

Album reviews

Written byROB SMYTH

Chvrches

The Bones of What You Believe (Virgin Records

5/5

THE Bones of What You Believe is the uplifting synth-pop debut album from Scottish indie band Chvrches.

Even if I ignored the fact the three-piece group recorded the record themselves I would still class this as one of my favourite albums of 2013.

I’m a bit of a sucker for arty shoegazey electro indie bands and, luckily for me, this record offers it by the truckload.

The album leans heavily on 80s electro vibes which combined with striking female vocals makes a stellar record – in my eyes at least.

It’s definitely one to get hold of.

(Mark McKay)

Chunk! No, Captain Chunk

Pardon My French (Fearless Records)

5/5

Pardon My French by metalcore outfit Chunk! No, Captain Chunk is a storming blend of sugar-coated pop-punk singalong choruses with some brutally aggressive screaming thrown in for good measure.

This is a highly energetic album which flips from the heavier metal sound with tuned down guitars to the lighter melodic catchy riffs. It essentially kills two birds with one stone.

If you’re the type of person who really enjoys roaring screamed vocals as the background music to their festive season then this album could prove to be the perfect last-minute stocking filler.

(Mark McKay)

Neil Young

Live at the Cellar Door (Reprise Records)

4/5

I’ve always liked Neil Young. His self-styled brand of mid-west folk music helped define a genre as well as influencing later generations.

Live at the Cellar Door is an the live recording Young performing some of his early songs which propelled him to fame and stardom performed at Washington’s Cellar Door club in the winter 1970.

The album includes the likes of After the Gold Rush, Old Man and Cinnamon Girl performed by Young on a six-string acoustic or piano in front an audience of no more than 200 fans.

Fans of Young will treasure this album, which offers gems from his early career in an intimate and previously unheard setting.

(Mark McKay)

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