The White Album: A Glorious Mess

The White Album was released 50 years ago today, and fans are still divided over whether it was one of The Beatles' greatest pieces of work or a bit of a mess. Double albums can be tricky; they're either so full of great material that the artist was unable to leave anything out, or they're…

Paul McCartney – Egypt Station (Review)

The release of new Paul McCartney music is always a hugely exciting event. Pressing 'play' for the first time, not knowing what you'll hear but hoping it will live up to expectations... there's nothing like it. Egypt Station, his first studio album since 2013's New, is finally here. The title is based on a painting of Paul's…

Sgt Pepper At 50: Is It The Best Beatles Album?

It was fifty years ago today (well, okay, give or take a few days) that Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was released. It's been hailed as one of the greatest albums ever made, one that completely changed the face of music, and half a century on it's still widely considered to be The Beatles' masterpiece. It's difficult to…

Pete Best Of The Beatles (Review)

"I feel like I know Pete Best now." That's what my friend said last night after we had been to see Stephen Kennedy's play, Pete Best Of The Beatles, at The Complex in Dublin. She summed it up perfectly; no matter how familiar you think you might be with the former Beatles drummer's story, this play will give you a…

Flowers In The Dirt: McCartney’s Renaissance

With Paul McCartney's 1989 album Flowers in the Dirt due to be reissued next week, it seems like the perfect time to look back on what I consider to be his best work of the decade. Not only did it show that he was still a force to be reckoned with, it yielded one of his most successful musical…

The Beatles Trivial Pursuit (Review)

Hardly a year goes by when I don't receive something Beatles related for Christmas, and this one was no different. I'd been meaning to try out the Beatles edition of Trivial Pursuit for quite a while and finally decided now was the right time. This bite-sized edition can be played without a board. It comes with…

Paul McCartney: The Biography by Philip Norman (Review)

Although it was published in May 2016, I've only just got around to reading this book. This is partly because I received it as a Christmas present, but also because I had a few reservations to begin with. Philip Norman is well known for his previous anti-McCartney sentiment, and as such I expected the worst…

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years (Review)

Every time a new film or book about The Beatles is released nowadays, promising a fresh perspective on the story, one of the first things that comes to mind is, "Will we really learn anything new from this?" Furthermore, is there even anything left to learn? Ron Howard's new documentary film, which focuses on the…