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"Even its most typical declarations of pop anguish appear darker and to have dual meanings."
"Obscuring his face from the audience made it clear that Staples wasn't there to flatter anyone."
"... The music took on new a life."
"This is no easy feat for an album so interested in representing boredom."
"Buttery, cool and moreish, inviting the kind of easy dancing that comes with day drinking."
"The stage too small? No problem - join the mosh. Too hot? Take your clothes off. Eyeliner running? All the better."
"The result is powerfully warm and mesmerising."
"...a light hand introduces delicate fragility."
"Bec Sandridge may not be top of the bill, but she was, as always, the star of the show nonetheless."
"Punters were keen to go from the moment the doors opened and the evening's talent-packed line-up was ready to deliver."