To dedicate a Retro Records slot to an album encountered just over a week ago may seem counter-intuitive. However, the transcendental qualities of Sinéad O’Connor’s thirty-year-old debut, Lion and the Cobra, are such that the listener is immediately entranced, yearning … Continue reading Retro Records: Sinead O’Connor’s ‘Lion and the Cobra’ In Tn2’s most recent instalment of Retro Records, Caoimhe White looks back at an album that launched Sinéad O’Connor to stardom.
Ibeyi’s sophomore record, Ash, retains the essential Afro-Cuban influences of their debut while foraying into experimental electronic territory. Overtly political and intensely personal lyrics allow the sisters to confront themes of race and womanhood, relying heavily on motifs and repetition. … Continue reading Coming Back Stronger: Ibeyi’s Sophomore Album Strong in its vulnerability and brazen in its declarations, “Ash” defies the boundaries of established genres, and proves that all of this can be done to the backdrop of commanding drum lines.
Four years since the release of HAIM’s bold debut, Days Are Gone, the sister act return with their sophomore album, Something To Tell You. This album serves as a glorious affirmation that the HAIM sisters embody sophisticated soft rock; effortlessly … Continue reading TRACK BY TRACK: HAIM have ‘Something To Tell You’