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Statsioxide: Our First 150 Reviews in Numbers

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Reviews make a lot more sense when they can be put into context. After passing 150 albums reviewed we thought it was high time to look at some statistics.

The ’80s According to Stewart Lee

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FRED 16.04.02018 The most miserable man in comedy has five favourite albums from everyone’s least favourite decade. Who could turn down a trip through ’80s music in a Stewart Lee devotee vehicle? Don’t answer that.      Stewart Lee is a fat British comedian known for his unfunny routines and holding audiences in contempt. As… Read more »

Our 10 Favourite Albums of 2017

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2015 // 2016 // 2017   10. Last Place // Grandaddy Michael You’d be forgiven for forgetting that Grandaddy even released a record this year, given that seemingly everybody in the music press has. Indeed, though the band returned from an eleven-year hiatus to largely positive reviews, nominative determinism’s Last Place hasn’t been the subject of much… Read more »

Our 10 Favourite Tracks of 2017

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10. “Humble.” // Kendrick Lamar Marcus “HUMBLE.”’s pre-album release worked as a simultaneous bookend to the themes and musical direction of To Pimp a Butterfly, and a spectacular act of misdirection. Following “The Heart Part IV”, The Young Pope comes back into the ring in a fighting mood, looking to throw weight behind his perfectly… Read more »

Our Biggest Disappointments of 2017

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2017 has been a wonderful year for music, but alas, it’s time to put on our cynical hats. The artists featured here have set such a standard that it becomes naturally upsetting when they fall considerably short. As you read us trash your favourite artist, try to remember that we are all fans here. Besides,… Read more »

My Favourite Game Soundtracks of 2017

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ANDRE 04.12.02017 The video game industry is a bit shit, 2017 has all but confirmed that. Still, for all the controversies — the microtransactions, the lootboxes, EA being EA — the past year has actually been an absolute stormer for video game releases. As a responsible adult (honest), I find myself with less time to play video… Read more »

All the Pigs, All Lined Up: Ranking Nine Inch Nails’ Studio Albums

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Andre 24.08.02017 Hi, my name is André and I’m a Nine Inch Nails mega-fan. For years now the music of Trent Reznor has proved to be, yes, The Perfect Drug. I’m here without my comrades at Audioxide to provide an ordered list of the NIN discography. As most fans are aware, there are a large… Read more »

Elliott Smith: Behind the Lyrics

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Rüya 14.08.02017 Channeling the sounds of Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, and more, Elliott Smith’s words still cut deep. His lyrics unravel the darker elements of our existence, and are as precious now as they’ve ever been.     Chances are, if you listen to Elliott Smith when you are already feeling down, you will… Read more »

World On Fire: the Music of Fallout 3

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Fred 11.08.02017 This is part of a series of articles in which we reflect on video game soundtracks. The pieces examine the musical content of the score and analyse the effects it has on the game. Fallout 3 is a unique beast, something taken for granted sometimes. Generally — though not quite universally — adored, the game occupies… Read more »

The Rise and Rise of Audiobooks

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FRED 14.06.02017 Answering a demand we barely notice is there, the growth of audiobooks seems unstoppable. They are filling the silences that litter our days, redeeming commutes, menial work, and empty evenings.      Last week, the Audio Publishers Association (APA) released the 2016 sales figures for audiobooks, and things are looking rosy. There has been… Read more »