Category Music

Album Review: First Strut Is The Deepest by Brother Strut

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Fresh, funky and fabulous, First Strut Is The Deepest is simply brilliant

After sell-out gigs in London, Reading and Chichester earlier this year, funk-soul group Brother Strut head to London next month for a special gig at the O2 Brooklyn Bowl. As Frankly, My Dear has a pair of tickets to give away, it only seemed fair that we gave the boys the recognition they deserve with a review of their fabulous debut album First Strut Is The Deepest.

For those that don’t know, Brother Strut are a fabu...

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Music Review: Tony Hadley – The Lowry Salford

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This review was originally written for The Public Reviews

More than three decades after Spandau Ballet topped the charts, Tony Hadley is back on the road for a nationwide solo tour with a full orchestra… and boy does he sound good.

Hadley first shot to fame in the 1980s as the lead singer of pop/romantic band Spandau Ballet. The group sold more than 20 million albums in their heyday, with eight top ten hit singles to their name including: Chant No...

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Album Review: Creation by The Pierces

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The Pierces produce their most chart-friendly offering to date with Creation

Following the success of their breakthrough album You And I, US indie-folk sisters Allison & Catherine Pierce are hoping to return to the top of the UK charts with the release of their new studio album, Creation.

Described as a mix between The Bangles, Stevie Nicks and Lana Del Rey, The Pierces are a sibling duo from Birmingham, Alabama...

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Album Review: Angus & Julia Stone

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Australian brother-sister duo Angus and Julia Stone. Image Credit: Angus and Julia Stone / American Records

If you only buy one album this summer, make it Angus & Julia Stone

Four years after the release of Down the Way, sibling duo Angus and Julia Stone reunite to release their third album, self-titled Angus & Julia Stone.

For those who don’t know, Angus and Julia Stone are an Australian brother-sister folk-blues group formed in 2006...

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Album Review: Wayfarer by Nell Bryden

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Catchy, light and seductively upbeat, Nell Bryden’s new album looks set to be the smooth soundtrack of the summer

Following the success of her second studio album Shake The Tree, Nell Bryden looks set to dominate UK airwaves with the release of her new album Wayfarer.

For those who don’t recognise know, Nell Bryden is an American singer-songwriter who shot to fame in the UK following the release of her first album What Does It Take in 2009...

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Album Review: 48:13 by Kasabian

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Kasabian release album worthy of headline slot at Glastonbury

Ten years after the release of their self-titled debut album, Kasabian are set to return the UK album chart with 48:13.

48:13 (named after the album’s running time) is Kasabian’s fifth studio album and follows Velociraptor! released in 2011. Produced by Sergio Pizzorno, the album marks a ‘new language’ for Kasabian, combining electronic and hip hop elements with boisterous rock & roll numbers and semi-psychedelic sounds.

Th...

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Album Review: Broken Toys by Smoove & Turrell

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Smoove & Turrell on top form with new album Broken Toys

Newcastle’s finest Smoove and Turrell look set to continue to rise through the ranks of British soul with the release of their new album Broken Toys.

For those who don’t know S&T, Smoove & Turrell (Jonathan Scott Watson and John Turrell) are a British modern soul act. They propelled to fame in 2009 following the release of their first album, Antique Soul, which scored them two records of the week on Radio 2 and a gig at Glastonbury and...

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Twitter Competition Terms and Conditions

Competition Terms and Conditions

1. Competition opens 07:00 GMT Tuesday 28 May and closes at 23:59 GMT on Thursday 30 May 2019.
2. Competition is open to UK residents only.
3. Winner to be announced at @FranklyMyDearUK and on www.franklymydearuk.co.uk
4. To enter participants are required to retweet competition tweet and follow @FranklyMyDearUK
5. The Prize: Two tickets to CHESHIRE FEST on Saturday 1 June 2019 from 12 noon at Manchester Rugby Club.
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Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott Reunite for What Have We Become

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Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott reunite for first time since The Beautiful South

14 years after Painting It Red, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott look set to return to the UK charts with the release of What Have We Become, a new studio album full of lyrical wit and humour.

The new album is the first time the pair has recorded together since the multi-million selling days of The Beautiful South, who charted several number one albums in the 1990s and early 2000s.

With her vocals on a string of hits in...

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