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Krigarè – The Album. REVIEW

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Years ago, well about three years ago, I was presented with a track called ‘Cross over’ by this young singer called Kennedy Noel, which I immediately found fun and powerful. ‘Never Stop’ was also another thumper of a song which showcased a young star in the making. We set up an interview and I learnt a lot more about this artist than I thought I would.

When I had heard about the personal challenges that Kennedy had faced in her life, I saw that the music was her way to fight through what she had come up against and that this was her celebratory call for where she is now! After bringing herself back as Krigarè in early 2017, a shift in style and influence was absolutely perfect for Kennedy to take the next step in her career. A little over a year later, we have the album unleashed onto the world!

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‘Silhouette’ is the first song I got to hear, co-written with Joseph Trapanese (and Kennedy seems to be a BIG fan of his work), it establishes that mature sound which I have seen come from Kennedy over the last 15 months. Even from this track, it is personal and emotional with enough fire power to hit you hard immediately.

‘Heights’ was a track I was lucky to hear in 2017 and this thumps into life with that alternative beat that would not go amiss in a club. Kennedy is not afraid of mixing the genres, proving that you can make a song that you can both dance to and feel emotion towards.

‘This Time’ is rock! You had the operatic masterpiece and the dance tune, now it is time to break out that air guitar and strum like you’ve never strummed before. Whether you want to be on your feet or just clap along, you will be pulled into this song whether you like it or…well, actually you will LOVE it!

‘Falling Apart’ was my favourite song of 2017. In my previous review of the song, I mentioned how I could see Kennedy describing her own mortality and fighting through the darker moments that had eventually brought her here. A cancer survivor who took everything that came at her and turned it into something truly beautiful. The song is soaked with so much raw passion and heartfelt lyrics that you take in every word and feel every beat that comes your way.

‘Royal Blood’ I could see as the perfect opportunity to bring back the dancing vibes. Imagine a slow-motion shot music video in a night club, everybody is moving at a snail’s pace but Krigarè and her band are controlling the world around them. Like the other songs, this demands your attention.

‘If I Just Wake Up’ is a piano-led ballad which I could almost feel a tear erupt from my unblinking eye. It is the personal songs which really hit me and all I could see was the stories Kennedy had told me about her fights with the illness that would have made any person crumble. The soft tones of her voice perfectly compliment the track and I just want to say that I am not crying, you are the one who is crying! OK, maybe that tear did eventually make it’s escape!

‘Sleeping Awake’ pushes the tempo back up in a pop-influenced track which again digs into Kennedy’s personality and her life where all is there to be seen. If you need to scream, this is your perfect opportunity as the artist herself feels the need to do so herself!

‘Deep End’ again sees a change in genre, the upbeat track makes for an intriguing listen and sees Kennedy add to the ambience with a variety of vocal styles featuring a captivating hum and a call to the ends of the world.

‘Destiny’ was originally featured on the album CHRONICLES by Generdyn. Generdyn has contributed music to films such as The Maze Runner series and with a wide array of different artists. Hearing this song last year, I enjoyed the atmosphere created by this one and I am happy to see it on the album.

‘Let Go’ sounded like it was the start to an amazing TV series from HBO or Showtime. The tune is attracting and there is a great use of instruments throughout the track. Maybe one of them networks could pick this up for their next drama?

‘Sparks’ coming near the end of the album gives Kennedy the perfect chance to re-emphasize that her music is here to grab you and not let you go. Though the sounds may vary throughout the album, you can’t say that it doesn’t hit you with every single song!

‘Let It Go (Remix)’ is maybe the perfect ending to the album, KNGHT has provided a great remix which accompanies the other eleven tracks very well and indeed makes its own signature on this impressive body of work. That lyric “You’re fighting a battle that’s already been won” sounds like a great way to explain the place that Kennedy is in today and brings a fantastic conclusion to this album!

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So that was Krigarè: THE ALBUM! I must say, this was worth the wait. I may sound biased, but I honestly and truly loved this album. Not since Noah and the Whale’s second release THE FIRST DAYS OF SPRING have I really enjoyed an album so thoroughly. There is a lot of love, attention, energy and heart in this release. I as always look forward to the next step that Kennedy takes in the world of music and hope that everyone gets a chance to hear this masterpiece.

Krigarè is a european word for warrior, Kennedy proves that she is an almighty fighter in both her own life and in the musical realm!

Final rating: 10/10 (yes, I said 10!)

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Captain America: Civil War Review: Freedom vs. Justice (SPOILER FREE)

By Joanna Cosgrove

United, we stand; divided, we fall. In our universe and outside, the law applies but what captivates us is how it’s pulled off. When it’s the man with the money against the enhanced soldier, we shall place our bets cautiously. This is no mere battle, dear friends. This is war.

What can be said about a war among colleagues? It’s a trope many superhero franchises love to pull off: A slings insults to B, B fights against A, and who truly wins in the end can be confusing to many. War rarely ends with an overall win, because things can break and die: people, possessions, and trusting bonds. I wish not to tell too much, but Marvel’s latest flick shows how broad the terms of war can be when there are equalised teams.
Not too far from the graphic novel, Civil War brings together most of Earth’s known heroes that we are aware of thus far (barring Thor and Hulk – the war would be far more brutal with their involvement), and introduces some fresh faces to our eyes; including Peter “On-The-Young-Side” Parker (Tom Holland, Billy Elliot: The Musical), pursuing his teenage superhero dreams with the help of some shocking grant money, and Wakandan native T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman, Gods of Egypt), who seems like such a welcome – and sudden – addition to our team.

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Through twists and Government interference, we see Earth’s mightiest divide on two labelled teams: the team of justice, fronted by Tony Stark and his willingness to allow the Avengers to become controlled by the United Nations; and the team of freedom, fronted by Steve Rogers who defies the preference of being controlled and would rather risk hundreds or thousands to save millions and billions.
As the movie begins, we find out – on screen – who is Captain America’s inspiration to keep the Avengers a free-fighting force: one James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes. Since 2011, we have seen that the Cap’s long-time friend holds a special place in his heart; but as years passed and Bucky returned, there has been conflict. Bucky is no longer the soldier Steve once knew, completely, but we are seeing more and more of himself here. It was tough to see this chatty charismatic warrior as the manipulated criminal we first met in the solo predecessor (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), but as it progresses, we can see that Bucky is still Bucky and it becomes believable that his crimes of the past were not his per se.
Besides the title character, Bucky was definitely a stand-out: he speaks out as an anti-hero rarely has before. He can redeem, or attempt to; Bucky brings to me at least the idea that when in an entranced state, it’s more the body causing action than the mind – and a body is not a person. The Winter Soldier was more a body, trapping an innocent soul inside; and this movie outlines how there is an easy divide. Forget the civil war among heroes; there is a civil war among Bucky and the Winter Soldier – with no winner.

I’ll lighten up on the Steve and Bucky of it all, and just say that this movie was mind-blowing.

How everyone had someone to fight, it spoke out that there was never going to be a win or loss; that’s what makes the Avengers the strongest force Earth’s got. They cannot be defeated or overtaken. If they cannot beat themselves, what chance does anyone else have? And whilst we would all walk into the cinema knowing the answer, we would all also walk out amazed, astounded by what really carried on. Never in the MCU has there been such a scene as the scene we shall call “The War”: where from corner to corner, we were seeing combat and weaponry and teamwork – even some surprising events we had never witnessed on the big screen prior – and despite it only lasting probably fifteen minutes, it felt like a lifetime.

Breakout characters in this film, beside the team leaders and the Winter Soldier, I would definitely include Scarlet Witch herself Wanda Maximoff. I might be acting biased, being a supporter of Team Cap, but Wanda was a lifesaver repeatedly in this flick; she puts her strength and determination in her powers to help her teammates. To prevent spoilers, I will not highlight how she acts against Tony’s teammates, but trust me when I say you will think of her as the defence no one wanted but everyone needed.

Overall, this is now my favourite movie in the cinematic universe, and I cannot wait to see what that star-spangled man has in store for us next time he appears.
Whenever he appears. However he appears. I shall wait patiently.

Rating: 10/10

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Doctor Who – Face The Raven. “You’ll find it is a very small universe when I’m angry with you.”

After all the weeks of foreshadowing, it finally happened…but we will get to that eventually. Sarah Dollard, you really did a superb job tonight! First of all, this was probably the most well executed episode of the series (The Magician’s Apprentice, you are still superb too!) and it all comes down to the tight story which is grand and intimate in fair measure. Coming off the back of an adventure (maybe a future audio adventure?), the TARDIS phone begins to ring and it is old friend Rigsy, who is now in a happy relationship and has a baby. Unfortunately, it is not a friendly call. Rigsy has a countdown on him and it is leading to his eventual death. The Doctor looks to help Rigsy as he and Clara search London for a secret street which may hold the answer to the death sentence. Finding a street housing many different aliens, The Doctor finds himself coming face to face with Ashildr. After her heroic sacrifice and more deceptive turn in previous episodes, we see Ashildr has become protective of the aliens and is ultimately planning something which will not be good for our heroes.

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Clara, as she has done on many occasions, tries to show she is just as smart as The Doctor when she offers to take on the death counter and free Rigsy. They find a Quantum Shade is present in the form of a raven, and will kill who it is that has had the timer placed on it. But why does this countdown exist on Clara’s buddy? Rigsy has apparently killed someone in the “trap street”. The twist is? There was no death. This was all staged as part of Ashildr’s plan. She has made a deal with an unknown enemy to send them The Doctor and free Rigsy, but the deal is broken when Clara takes the death sentence instead. Surely Ashildr can remove this? Well no. The deal was for her to be able to remove it from Rigsy, but Clara unfortunately has to live (and die) with her decision. Clara has saved The Doctor many times, but this time she accepts that she has to pay for her mistake. The Doctor is very angry as this would not have happened if Ashildr had not tricked Rigsy and the TARDIS crew, but Clara reminds him to not seek revenge but to remember who he is. The Doctor seemed to lose a lot of compassion when he regenerated, but he has always cared and needs to care again. In recent weeks (and even in ‘Flatline’), The Doctor shows great concern of Clara trying to be too much like him. So, with the countdown nearly at zero, The Doctor finds out he is to be transported away somewhere and his confession (from the premiere, to be revealed on his own death) has been taken from him. With the TARDIS key taken, The Doctor has no chance to escape. Clara goes out to the street and prepares to face death. The Raven comes for her and she is then killed instantly, providing the most upsetting Doctor Who moment for years! Clara Oswald meets an end after not only restraining her best friend, but also giving him a new focus. The threat to Ashildr proves he may never see her again, but angry Doctor is definitely back and this next journey he is about to face may just be too much for him. He shows he can control his own emotions and shows the greatest of restraints (and I am sure he would destroy Ashildr and all she cares for if he sees her again).

This episode proves what makes Doctor Who so popular. My first heap of praise is once again to Sarah Dollard; her first Doctor Who episode is indeed a classic in the making. ‘Face The Raven’ was tasked with not only providing her writing debut on the show, but to give a fitting end to one of the most popular companions in the history of the show. Joivan Wade is a welcome return as Rigsy; hopefully we may see a further appearance from him in the future is possible. Maisie Williams really hits her peak as Ashildr in this episode, her character has evolved so much and this really shows her still as an easily manipulated character that will do what she can to protect herself and those she finds she cares for. Peter Capaldi really lets himself go and the last few moments really show the top acting chops which cements him as one of my favourite Doctor’s (maybe even Number 1!). Finally, top marks tonight go to Jenna Coleman. Jenna has been seen as a great counterpart for both Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi; tonight we saw just how much we have loved her for the last three years. It is with great sadness that Jenna Coleman leaves tonight, and it will take a great actress or actor to take that place in the humongous void which has now been created! Clara Oswald may have gone, but The Doctor is about to embark on a huge mission of his own in ‘Heaven Sent’. The best episode of Series 9 by far, and the emotional rollercoaster will have many fans tearing up for a long time.

Final Rating: 10/10

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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