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Music: Kitty Empire’s 10 best albums of 2022
Non-stop dance parties, retro beats and dreamy vignettes vied with slacker rock, flamenco-inflected R&B and no end of heartbreakThe Observer critics’ review of 2022 in full

Kitty Empire

18, Dec, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Favourite lyrics reveal your attachment style – psychologists would have a field day with mine | Lauren O’Neill
Are you secure, anxious, or avoidant: songs we play repeatedly can be revealing. So what is it with me and Pulp’s Babies, asks Lauren O’Neill, a culture writer for Vice UK

Lauren O'Neill

22, Nov, 2022 @12:04 PM

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The best albums of 2022 so far
From yacht-rock atmospherics to portraits of disaffected Britain, here are our picks of the best LPs from the first half of the year

Alexis Petridis, Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Laura Snapes

07, Jun, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Mitski review – a triumphant return for the poet laureate of outsiders
After a TikTok hit brought her out of early retirement, the US songwriter reaches deep into her back catalogue for a taut, artful and intense set

Kitty Empire

30, Apr, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Mitski review – throwing shapes and cutting loose for pop’s most ardent fans
The singer-songwriter uses drama and choreography to draw attention to her as a performer – perhaps as a means of self-preservation

Huw Baines

22, Apr, 2022 @10:32 AM

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Musicians want us to pay closer attention at gigs. Let’s do them the courtesy | Laura Snapes
With crowds returning to concerts after the pandemic, it’s the perfect time to heed artists and reconsider our behaviour – but we don’t necessarily have to stand in silence

Laura Snapes

21, Apr, 2022 @3:03 PM

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Mitski: Laurel Hell review – a deep dive you can dance to
The indie artist delivers devastating emotional truths and unsettling imagery – with sharp hooks and an 80s pop sheen

Kitty Empire

06, Feb, 2022 @9:00 AM

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The Guide #20: Joe Rogan is just one rogue in podcasting’s wild west
In this week’s newsletter: the beauty of podcasts is that anyone can start one and be successful. But that also means Rogan’s is far from the first show to get out of hand

Hannah J Davies

04, Feb, 2022 @11:45 AM

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Mitski, the US’s best young songwriter: ‘I’m a black hole where people dump their feelings’
With songs about heartbreak and capitalism, the cult pop singer is on the brink of the mainstream – but the intensity of her fandom has her fearing for her safety

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

04, Feb, 2022 @6:00 AM

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The Guide #15: all the films, TV and music to get excited about in 2022
In this week’s newsletter: from Kendrick Lamar’s return to a Game of Thrones spin-off, there’s something coming for everyone

Gwilym Mumford

31, Dec, 2021 @11:45 AM

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Beirut, Michael Kiwanuka, Spiritualized and Metronomy to headline End of the Road festival
Courtney Barnett and Jarvis Cocker also join lineup for eclectic West Country summer gathering

Kate Nicholson

31, Jan, 2019 @8:00 AM

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The 50 best albums of 2018, No 5: Mitski – Be the Cowboy
The singer-songwriter’s remarkable fifth offering paired an arch humour with an underlying maelstrom of drama, loneliness and psychosexual dysfunction

Kathryn Bromwich

17, Dec, 2018 @6:00 AM

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