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Grouper - Grid of Points (Album Review)

Photo: Tanja Engelbert Liz Harris is an interesting musician.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Monday, 30 April 2018

Okkervil River

Okkervil River - In the Rainbow Rain (Album Review)

Okkervil River’s Will Sheff has long been known for his bleak outlook on life. The places his songs frequented seemed dark and dangerous, while rock music was going to be the death of him. That came to a climax with 2016’s ‘Away’.

Written by: Jennifer Geddes | Date: Monday, 30 April 2018


Sting and Shaggy - 44/876 (Album Review)

Photo: Salvador Ochoa Sting and Shaggy. Sting. And Shaggy. Sting. And Shaggy. Sting and Shaggy. Let that sink in for a minute.

Written by: Ben Gallivan | Date: Friday, 27 April 2018

The Shires

The Shires - Accidentally On Purpose (Album Review)

It’ll rather be amusing if anyone accuses the Shires of selling out to the world of American pop-country on their third album. The British duo were clearly edging further in that direction on 2016’s ‘My Universe’ anyway, so it only took a small step for Ben Earle and Crissie Rhodes to fully embrace that style and deliver ‘Accidentally on Purpose’, a fine album that’s tailor-made to crack the US market.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Thursday, 26 April 2018

Princess Nokia

Princess Nokia - A Girl Cried Red (Album Review)

Photo: Alberto Vargas There's something immensely likeable about east coast rap whizz Princess Nokia, at least at first glance. She's a strong role model for young women in hip hop, known for advocating a feminist ethos and calling out racism, homophobia and body shaming at every opportunity. Her label debut, '1992 Deluxe', though inconsistent, was colourful and abstract, with each track exhibiting a different aspect of her fascinating personality.

Written by: Jonathan Rimmer | Date: Thursday, 26 April 2018


Tinashe - Joyride (Album Review)

Photo: Dennis Leupold The word has been out for a while that Tinashe is a profoundly talented dancer, singer, songwriter and producer, but she comes of age - for better and worse - on her new album, ‘Joyride’. Across 13 tracks, and alongside features from Little Dragon, Ty Dollar $ign, Future and French Montana, she retells tales of her lustful life and loves.

Written by: Milly McMahon | Date: Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Manic Street Preachers

Manic Street Preachers - Resistance is Futile (Album Review)

After dragging themselves out of the doldrums with 2007’s ‘Send Away The Tigers’, Manic Street Preachers released a string of superb records that were often brave, creatively single-minded and indicative of a band still bursting with ideas. But what goes up must come down. Their new LP, ‘Resistance is Futile,’ may offer a return to their anthemic mid-’90s sound, but it’s a hit and miss affair that sees a winning run finally come to an end.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Black Stone Cherry

Black Stone Cherry - Family Tree (Album Review)

Photo: Harry Reese Black Stone Cherry’s last two albums were predominantly intense affairs. Made under the dark clouds of depression and record label strife respectively, they boasted a heavy, aggressive approach that didn’t always play to the group’s strengths. The same can’t be said of ‘Family Tree’. Bursting with infectious exuberance and quality craftsmanship, it’s the work of a band who sound like they’re finally having fun again.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Tuesday, 24 April 2018

J Cole

J. Cole - KOD (Album Review)

J. Cole is often regarded as being at modern hip hop's top table, alongside Drake and Kendrick Lamar. If we're talking about album sales, arena tours and all-round brand recognition, the North Carolina rhymer undoubtedly deserves his spot in this holy trinity. And, to his credit, he's largely achieved it without sacrificing the “true school” essence so revered by critics.

Written by: Jonathan Rimmer | Date: Monday, 23 April 2018

John Prine

John Prine - Tree of Forgiveness (Album Review)

‘The Tree of Forgiveness’, John Prine’s first album of originals in 13 years, sees the singer-songwriter deliver a fine collection of folksy Americana, with his distinctive and understated drawl presenting themes of mortality and rejuvenation. It is an album of genteel humour and quiet existentialism that should inform (and remind) listeners of his rare talent.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Thursday, 19 April 2018

Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves - Golden Hour (Album Review)

Rebellious. Outspoken. Liberal. Misfit. Stubborn. Independent. Stoner. Since the release of her 2013 debut album ‘Same Trailer Different Park’, people have been desperate to label Kacey Musgraves. But if anyone thought they had the Texan singer-songwriter pegged, both as a person and musician, the ethereal intimacy of this neo-traditional country album will banish any preconceptions for good.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Thursday, 19 April 2018


Møl - Jord (Album Review)

Møl’s debut album, ‘Jord’, is a brutal, emphatically beautiful entry into the blackgaze genre. It’s another awesome reminder of how far black metal has expanded since its earliest days, with bands now concerning themselves less with corpse paint and Satan, and more with crafting hypnotic spectacles through foreboding ambience. And ‘Jord’ really is spectacular at times.

Written by: Guy Hirst | Date: Wednesday, 18 April 2018

King Tuff

King Tuff - The Other (Album Review)

Whether it’s his cartoonish vocals or bizarre one-liners, King Tuff’s innate goofiness has always seemed inseparable from his music. It’s a welcome surprise, then, that his kooky ways have all but vanished on his fifth full-length, making it his most mature outing yet.

Written by: Liam Turner | Date: Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Sex & Food (Album Review)

Photo: Neil Krug A simple glance at the tracklisting would lead you to think that ‘Sex & Food’, the fourth album by Unknown Mortal Orchestra, is intently focused on the political context in which it was born. Ours is a world of technological turmoil and political pandemonium, and more than half of the song titles here scream of a critical appraisal of our current climate.

Written by: Helen Payne | Date: Wednesday, 18 April 2018


Kylie Minogue - Golden (Album Review)

Since the release of her debut album in 1988, the world has seen many iterations of Kylie Minogue. From pop princess to showgirl to disco queen, the Australian star has now revealed her latest reincarnation, as a country chanteuse, on ‘Golden’.

Written by: Olivia Tambini | Date: Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Rough Hands

Rough Hands - Moral Terror EP (Album Review)

Photo: Harry Steel Rough Hands’ ‘Moral Terror’ EP is an example of intelligent British hardcore that will nevertheless satisfy your unquenchable mosh pit bloodlust. It would certainly be a fitting soundtrack for isolationist misanthropy, or maybe sending a windmilling elbow towards someone’s face. But there is more at at work here than just noise and chest-beating.

Written by: Guy Hirst | Date: Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Flatbush Zombies

Flatbush Zombies - Vacation in Hell (Album Review)

Photo: Ben Kaye When the self-described 'beast coast' movement emerged out of New York in the early 2010s, Joey Bada$$ and his mammoth crew Pro Era received the bulk of critical attention. The group, much like fellow Brooklynites the Underachievers, won acclaim for their true school ethos, playful sound and reverence for their hip-hop heroes.

Written by: Jonathan Rimmer | Date: Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Wye Oak

Wye Oak - The Louder I Call, the Faster It Runs (Album Review)

It’s fair to say that Wye Oak no longer sound like a band called Wye Oak.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Monday, 16 April 2018

Isaac Gracie

Isaac Gracie - Isaac Gracie (Album Review)

Isaac Gracie has been a hot topic ever since he uploaded a bare bones demo of Last Words to Soundcloud back in 2015. It became a slow-burn internet hit, with the young indie-folk troubadour quickly declared to be the new Jeff Buckley, or even Bob Dylan. But he had just a handful of tunes under his belt and had barely set foot on a stage. Were the claims ill-founded?

Written by: Liam Turner | Date: Monday, 16 April 2018

Cardi B

Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy (Album Review)

One thing is for sure: Cardi B is no one hit wonder.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Friday, 13 April 2018

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