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Aespa: Armageddon review | Alexis Petridis’s album of the week
Cutesy melodies, dubstep basslines, pop-punk and disco on the K-pop foursome’s debut album are outshone by their intriguing world-building, with interdimensional rifts and alien popcorn

Alexis Petridis

30, May, 2024 @10:15 AM

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The Beach Boys review – rather too sunny account of 60s pop legends’ story
They were ‘America’s band’, with a run of golden-hued songs – but Disney’s documentary ignores the darker side of their extraordinary story

Alexis Petridis

24, May, 2024 @7:01 AM

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Ten-gallon hits! Why country is the biggest pop music craze of 2024
Beyoncé and Dua Lipa have swapped mirrorballs for rhinestones, while new stars such as Shaboozey and Dasha are making hay with uptempo hoedowns. Even the UK is enjoying its first rodeo – but can it last?

Alexis Petridis

24, May, 2024 @4:00 AM

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Paul Weller: 66 review – sumptuous rumination on older age springs some surprises
In this elegiac 17th solo album made with guests including Noel Gallagher, Weller contemplates mortality with sun-dappled ballads – but there’s still an experimental edge

Alexis Petridis

23, May, 2024 @1:20 PM

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‘I wanted to scrape it from my eyeballs’: critics on their zero-star savagings
Sometimes a film, gig or sex-positive puppet show is so excruciating that awarding it one star just isn’t damning enough. How do writers who’ve written zero-star reviews feel about the worst shows they’ve ever seen now?

Lucy Mangan, Rebecca Nicholson, Alexis Petridis, Wendy Ide and Helen Pidd

23, May, 2024 @12:29 PM

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Billie Eilish: Hit Me Hard and Soft review – still the great outlier of American pop
On this deeply involving third album, Eilish once again breaks the rules for arena-filling artists: it’s subtle and understated, yet jars the listener with eerie show tunes and explosive noise

Alexis Petridis

16, May, 2024 @12:00 PM

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Beth Gibbons: Lives Outgrown review – long-awaited solo debut is a gripping study of ageing and loss
In the Portishead singer’s singular, astonishing soundworld, these songs sit in autumnal gloom but are occasionally dappled with warmth and light

Alexis Petridis

16, May, 2024 @10:20 AM

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‘Full of secrets and promises’: Dusty Springfield’s 20 greatest songs – ranked!
Sixty years after her debut album, we rate the pop singer’s best tracks, from a song recorded in a stairwell to a Pet Shop Boys collaboration

Alexis Petridis

10, May, 2024 @9:00 AM

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Steve Albini was a button-pushing musician of uncompromising brilliance
The alt-rock producer and music legend leaves behind a legacy of controversial provocation but uniquely daring music

Alexis Petridis

08, May, 2024 @8:40 PM

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Let It Be review – reissued Beatles film takes long and winding road to eventual acclaim
Reviled by the band when it came out and widely thought of as miserable, the film – restored to its original format – actually offers light and insightful moments

Alexis Petridis

08, May, 2024 @10:00 AM

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‘He growls death metal in his pants!’ The Eurovision 2024 bangers to watch out for
From a man with a mullet letting off fireworks to a Slovenian witch, this year’s Eurovision has some of the wildest entries ever

Alexis Petridis

07, May, 2024 @1:11 PM

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Dua Lipa: Radical Optimism review – ‘psychedelic pop-infused’? Pull the other one!
The British superstar has said her new album is influenced by Britpop, rave culture and Primal Scream, but you could go mad trying to find the evidence

Alexis Petridis

02, May, 2024 @11:01 PM

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