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Rammstein

Rammstein - Zeit (Album Review)

Photo: Bryan Adams With the German metal titans having taken a decade to follow 2009’s ‘Liebe ist für alle da’ with 2019’s untitled album, nobody expected a new Rammstein album so soon, and there was naturally a worry that the band might be phoning it in with such a short turnaround. But they have never been ones to do what is expected, and with ‘Zeit’ they’re again out to prove that.

Written by: Will Marshall | Date: Wednesday, 04 May 2022

Lets Eat Grandma

Let's Eat Grandma - Two Ribbons (Album Review)

Photo: El Hardwick Let’s Eat Grandma’s third studio album finds the duo in terrific creative shape, delivering 10 tracks of exuberant pop music led by gorgeously unaffected lyricism and singing.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Tuesday, 03 May 2022

Spiritualized

Spiritualized - Everything Was Beautiful (Album Review)

So much of what Spiritualized are good at comes from deliberate, painstaking refinement. In 2014, J Spaceman (Jason Pierce) recorded a bunch of demos, which formed the basis of 2018’s ‘And Nothing Hurt’, a fine return to form that was the result of immense amounts of  re-recording, remixing and layering. 

Written by: Graeme Marsh | Date: Friday, 29 April 2022

Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile - (watch my moves) (Album Review)

On Kurt Vile’s ninth album—and first on a major label—he comes close to achieving perfection. For almost 15 years now, he has been releasing solo albums that have a foot in two distinct camps: on one side are mesmerising songs that build around simple hooks, and on the other lazy sunny afternoon gold. '(watch my moves)', arguably for the first time, nails both at the same time.

Written by: Graeme Marsh | Date: Thursday, 28 April 2022

S Carey

S. Carey - Break Me Open (Album Review)

This is the end. The desert is on fire. Rainforests are turning to mud. Pacific islands are being swallowed by the sea. It’s late stage capitalism. Elon Musk is buying Twitter and the death-worshipping corporate oligopoly is defining every characteristic of our lives with its narcissism and greed. Oh, and S. Carey is releasing a new album.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Wednesday, 27 April 2022

Pusha T

Pusha T - It's Almost Dry (Album Review)

Pusha T is a master of minimalism. Where countless rappers load their albums with bits, skits and half-formed ideas, he trims things down to the bare essentials. His finest works are dependent on this pared-down philosophy—from 2013’s Kendrick Lamar-featuring Nosetalgia to his masterful 2018 album ‘Daytona’.

Written by: Tom Morgan | Date: Tuesday, 26 April 2022

Fontaines DC

Fontaines D.C. - Skinty Fia (Album Review)

Fontaines D.C. enjoyed a precipitous rise. Coming around at a time when the post-punk explosion in the UK was hitting its peak, their 2019 debut album ‘Dogrel’ saw them bring the grey skies of Dublin straight into our ears.

Written by: Matty Pywell | Date: Monday, 25 April 2022

Father John Misty

Father John Misty - ChloŽ and the Next 20th Century (Album Review)

On ‘Chloë and the Next 20th Century’, Josh Tillman, better known by his stage name Father John Misty, breathes a new life into everything we thought we knew about nostalgia. Incorporating elements of swing and jazz into songs that brood with tender emotion, he delivers each twist with an orchestral flourish.

Written by: Rebecca Llewellyn | Date: Friday, 22 April 2022

The Linda Lindas

The Linda Lindas - Growing Up (Album Review)

Photo: Zen Sekizawa Some viral stars burn out just as quickly as they arrive. The Linda Lindas’ debut album is their chance to prove that this won’t be their fate, after a video of them playing their proud, punky anthem for tolerance Racist, Sexist Boy in L.A’s Public Library lit TikTok on fire last year.

Written by: Emma Wilkes | Date: Thursday, 21 April 2022

Vince Staples

Vince Staples - Ramona Park Broke My Heart (Album Review)

Photo: Zamar Velez Vince Staples is nothing if not unpredictable. From his inventive 2015 debut to last year’s ultra lean self-titled album, the Long Beach rapper never fails to surprise and, occasionally, confound.

Written by: Tom Morgan | Date: Wednesday, 20 April 2022

Wet Leg

Wet Leg - Wet Leg (Album Review)

Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers have had a good lockdown. Hailing from the Isle of Wight, the two musicians managed to rattle off both an incredibly infectious pseudo-novelty song and a hugely impressive debut album that charts late 20s ennui and digital overdrive. The result has been a record deal with Domino, millions of streams and late night TV spots on US talk shows.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Tuesday, 19 April 2022

Meshuggah

Meshuggah - Immutable (Album Review)

The definition of immutable is “unchanging over time or unable to be changed”. As strange as it may seem for a band with their legacy and status as innovators, Meshuggah more than fit the bill with their ninth album. This is, at its core, a band doing what they do, in both the best and worst ways.

Written by: Will Marshall | Date: Thursday, 14 April 2022

Orville Peck

Orville Peck - Bronco (Album Review)

Orville Peck wrote ‘Bronco’ by holing up in his home studio for eight hours a day after his spring 2020 tour was cancelled due to COVID-19. True to its namesake, the record finds the masked cowboy navigating a depressive period with the freedom and spirit of someone who is determined to outlast it.

Written by: Laura Johnson | Date: Wednesday, 13 April 2022

Jack White

Jack White - Fear of the Dawn (Album Review)

Photo: David James Swanson Jack White’s first album in four years is a wild ride—a ghoulish, genre-fluid descent into the Michigander’s bat cave of carnival skronk. It’s also quite surprising. While the former White Stripes frontman has cultivated a public persona as a bit of a blues puritan curmudgeon, ‘Fear of the Dawn’ demonstrates something different and out there: a musician constantly on the hunt for new sounds and effects.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Tuesday, 12 April 2022

Carpenter Brut

Carpenter Brut - Leather Terror (Album Review)

Carpenter Brut is a one-off. The Frenchman hurls everything from rock, EDM and pop to AOR, disco and all forms of metal into his symphonic, dark synthwave mix. Although it’s not hard to spot the influences at play, the way he smashes them together, to create an imaginary soundtrack for a John Carpenter-esque slasher flick, couldn’t have been done by anyone else.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Friday, 08 April 2022

Pup

PUP - THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBAND (Album Review)

Photo: Vanessa Heins PUP are a band who laughs at themselves because, otherwise, they’d cry rainstorms. They’ve done a pretty good job of running with that idea all things considered—the shiny JUNO award (essentially a Canadian Grammy) on their mantelpiece certainly says so, as do millions of streams and thousands of packed shows.

Written by: Emma Wilkes | Date: Thursday, 07 April 2022

Health

HEALTH - DISCO4 :: PART II (Album Review)

Photo: Daniel Roland Tierney HEALTH cut their teeth with squat gigs in Los Angeles before making their name as an ambitious, uncompromising industrial-noise band. But with 2020’s ‘DISCO4 :: PART I’ they pushed into uncharted waters, eschewing their earlier sound for a collaborative approach that threw together hip hop stars such as JPEGMAFIA with hardcore legends Full of Hell and synthwave maestro Perturbator.

Written by: Will Marshall | Date: Wednesday, 06 April 2022

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Unlimited Love (Album Review)

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 12th studio album reunites them with the dream team of guitarist John Frusciante and producer Rick Rubin behind the mixing desk. The result is a 17-track record of terrific poise, focus and musicality, and while it doesn't break completely new ground for the band, it is their freshest and most confident record in years.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Tuesday, 05 April 2022

Camp Cope

Camp Cope - Running With The Hurricane (Album Review)

Photo: Nick Mckk Some people believe only unhappy people make good music. Camp Cope’s third LP, ‘Running With The Hurricane’, reckons otherwise. Vocalist and guitarist Georgia Maq explained in recent interviews that the Australian band are now more at peace, but that’s not to say they’ve abandoned their candid songwriting for empty tracks about love and unity. They continue to tackle topics completely on their own terms, successfully avoiding tropey pitfalls in the process.

Written by: Laura Johnson | Date: Monday, 04 April 2022

Destroyer

Destroyer - Labyrinthitis (Album Review)

Photo: Nicolas Bragg Destroyer’s 13th studio album comes at you like a hot mess. It’s a chaotic blend of ideas, tropes and sounds welded together by the ever-melodious warblings of songwriter Dan Bejar.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Thursday, 31 March 2022

 
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