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Chvrches

Chvrches - Love is Dead (Album Review)

Dark clouds loom over Chvrches on their third release, ‘Love is Dead’. Here the Scottish trio offer a response to the modern political landscape through the medium of big ‘80s-influenced pop songs. Working with producer Greg Kurstin on much of the record, they fully embrace their mainstream sensibilities.

Written by: Jennifer Geddes | Date: Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Spocks Beard

Spock's Beard - Noise Floor (Album Review)

Riff for riff, hook for hook, solo for solo and lyric for lyric, the 13th album of Spock’s Beard’s career is a laser guided melodic missile that creates a euphoric explosion of glee that’s impossible to contain. Featuring highly accessible songs affluent with instrumental pizzazz, ‘Noise Floor’ is a prog-rock album for people who hate prog-rock.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Monday, 11 June 2018

Lykke Li

Lykke Li - So Sad So Sexy (Album Review)

Being permanently po-faced and famous is a devil’s pact. Whether you’re penning hits (Kanye West), winning trophies (José Mourinho) or writing economic policy (Gordon Brown), tolerance will turn to contempt once that success begins to falter.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Monday, 11 June 2018

Ben Howard

Ben Howard - Noonday Dream (Album Review)

In the years following the release of his folky, acoustic debut ‘Every Kingdom’ in 2011 Ben Howard has sought to take up a far more experimental position. ‘Noonday Dream’, his third album, is proof of his revised aims and follows the magnificent ‘I Forget Where We Were’,  an LP that remains his benchmark by some distance.

Written by: Graeme Marsh | Date: Thursday, 07 June 2018

A$AP Rocky

A$AP Rocky - Testing (Album Review)

'Testing', A$AP Rocky's most off-kilter to album to date, demands close listening.

Written by: Milly McMahon | Date: Thursday, 07 June 2018

Father John Misty

Father John Misty - God's Favorite Customer (Album Review)

Photo: Emma Tillman No matter how dark and miserable a Father John Misty record may seem, there’s always an undercurrent of irreverent wit that allows for at least some semblance of light to cut through the gloom.

Written by: Liam Turner | Date: Wednesday, 06 June 2018

Oneohtrix Point Never

Oneohtrix Point Never - Age of (Album Review)

We may be living in a golden age of avant-garde electronica. Hot on the heels of thrilling releases from Nils Frahm, Björk and Jon Hopkins, Oneohtrix Point Never has put out his ninth studio album. ‘Age of’ is a devastating soundscape of spectral stems, merging extraordinary tonal variety with immediate and engaging production.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Wednesday, 06 June 2018

Kanye West

Kanye West - ye (Album Review)

Kanye West’s eighth solo album, ‘ye’, is a hastily assembled seven-track brain fart covering themes of superstardom, current affairs and mental fragility. While there are some superb moments, the album is thinly spread over its 24 minutes and lacks a centre. Put simply, it feels unfinished.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Tuesday, 05 June 2018

Ghost

Ghost - Prequelle (Album Review)

Photo: Mikael Eriksson Ghost have returned to engulf the world in hellish flames on their fourth album and most scintillating statement to date, ‘Prequelle’. But this time around the masked metallers wreak havoc through music far closer in spirit to ABBA and Duran Duran than Pentagram and Blue Öyster Cult.

Written by: Jon Stickler | Date: Tuesday, 05 June 2018

Wooden Shjips

Wooden Shjips - V (Album Review)

Photo: Jason Powers According to Wooden Shjips frontman Ripley Johnson, ‘V’ is an album made with summer in mind. He sought out a happy, light-filled place in response to disasters both natural and man-made: last year’s California wildfires, the election of Donald Trump.

Written by: Graeme Marsh | Date: Monday, 04 June 2018

Jonathan Davis

Jonathan Davis - Black Labyrinth (Album Review)

Photo: J Weiner Photography Poor AC/DC. Poor Motörhead. Poor…Jason Statham. It’s easy to get typecast. Jonathan Davis has fought against that sort of pigeonholing during the latter half of his career, refusing to be known solely as the frontman of nu-metal legends Korn.

Written by: Alec Chillingworth | Date: Monday, 04 June 2018

Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol - Wildness (Album Review)

Snow Patrol have always polarised opinions. To some, they’re sensitive new age guys who craft heart-on-sleeve indie-pop anthems. To others, their music is over-earnest, bland and edgeless. After seven years away, their comeback album, ‘Wildness’, is unlikely to change either of those viewpoints.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Friday, 01 June 2018

Simian Mobile Disco

Simian Mobile Disco - Murmurations (Album Review)

'Murmations' is Simian Mobile Disco’s sixth, and most ambitious, album to date. It establishes a more philosophical aesthetic, with existential noise shaping the pathways chosen by James Ford and Jas Shaw.

Written by: Milly McMahon | Date: Friday, 01 June 2018

Dear Nora

Dear Nora - Skulls Example (Album Review)

Did Katy Davidson need to bring back Dear Nora? When the project was placed on the shelf in 2008, it had just a handful of records to its name and a presence within the world of west coast DIY indie. Those who would miss it would miss it hard, but most wouldn’t blink an eye. Davidson moved on, enjoying a decade-long spell with Key Losers and Lloyd & Michael while also taking on session and producing work. So, the question remains: why bring back Dear Nora?

Written by: Liam Turner | Date: Thursday, 31 May 2018

Ash

Ash - Islands (Album Review)

Some albums make an instant impact, others take a little time to reveal their charms. The quick-fix magic of the former often wears off swiftly, while the latter usually possess a depth of quality that screams ‘built to last’. With that in mind, any initial feelings of disappointment towards ‘Islands’, the seventh effort of Ash’s eternally youthful career, should be shelved until its stealthy allure has been given the opportunity to sink in.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Thursday, 31 May 2018

Jess Williamson

Jess Williamson - Cosmic Wink (Album Review)

Jess Williamson treads new territory on ‘Cosmic Wink’, her first release for Mexican Summer. Her second album, ‘Heart Song’, was a brutal portrait of dying romance, but its follow up is a blushing expression of intense and euphoric love.

Written by: Guy Hirst | Date: Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Jo Passed

Jo Passed - Their Prime (Album Review)

‘Their Prime’ is the debut LP from new Sub Pop signings Jo Passed, and it operates as a kind of grunge concept album. Dealing with the gentrification in the band’s hometown of Vancouver, it is a riotous melange of churning guitars and thrashy rhythms, overcast by the fey lyrical mumblings of Jo Hirabayashi.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Belly

Belly - Dove (Album Review)

A long wait can either result in a satisfying conclusion or a huge letdown. ‘Dove’ is Belly’s first album since 1995 and if it’s not quite the latter, it’s certainly not the former. And repeated plays do little to solve its problems.

Written by: Ben Gallivan | Date: Tuesday, 29 May 2018

At The Gates

At The Gates - To Drink From The Night Itself (Album Review)

At The Gates have had a rough old time of things. Splitting up in 1996, a year after releasing their melodic death metal masterpiece ‘Slaughter Of The Soul’, the Swedes endured a lot of to-ing and fro-ing, reunion shows and cryptic teases before releasing ‘At War With Reality’ four years ago.

Written by: Alec Chillingworth | Date: Thursday, 24 May 2018

Lamb Of God

Burn The Priest - Legion: XX (Album Review)

Gurn. Swear at the audience. Tell them to do a circle pit. This heavy metal stuff is a serious business. But ‘Legion: XX’ is not serious. Here, Virginian metal masterminds Lamb Of God have temporarily reverted to their original moniker, Burn The Priest, in order to have a shitload of fun covering their favourite bands.

Written by: Alec Chillingworth | Date: Thursday, 24 May 2018

 
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