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Viagra Boys

Viagra Boys - Welfare Jazz (Album Review)

Photo: Marcus Wilen With the future of global democracy in a perilous, yet darkly comic, place, it’s probably a good time for a new release from Stockholm-based satirical edgelords Viagra Boys.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Tuesday, 12 January 2021

The Dirty Nil

The Dirty Nil - Fuck Art (Album Review)

The belief that rock music should be fun has taken its share of beatings over the years, humiliated by oafish novelty bands and dismissed by pseuds sitting atop intellectually satisfying record collections. But Canadian power-trio the Dirty Nil fervently believe that rock music should be fun, and that understanding is the cornerstone of their outrageously enjoyable third LP ‘Fuck Art’.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Tuesday, 05 January 2021

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney - McCartney III (Album Review)

By now we’ve become used to the idea of a lockdown album. But one from Sir Paul McCartney? Well, that is a lovely surprise.

Written by: Alex Myles | Date: Wednesday, 23 December 2020

The Avalanches

The Avalanches - We Will Always Love You (Album Review)

Photo: Grant Spanier Twenty years ago, the Avalanches set out to showcase the boundless possibilities of sampling with their debut LP ‘Since I Left You’, repurposing fragments of old songs into cohesive new tracks with completely altered personalities. On 2016’s long-awaited ‘Wildflower’ they added guest performers including Danny Brown to the mix. Now, with ‘We Will Always Love You’ the Australian duo have turned their gaze upwards, beyond our skies.

Written by: Matty Pywell | Date: Thursday, 17 December 2020

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift - Evermore (Album Review)

​ Taylor Swift’s music has always walked in lockstep with its backstory: the Nashville star-in-waiting and born romantic breaking big, breaking bad, apparently always breaking up at the end of a telephoto lens. But ‘Evermore’ does away with a chunk of that preamble in much the same way as blockbuster sequels shot in tandem might.

Written by: Huw Baines | Date: Wednesday, 16 December 2020

Rico Nasty

Rico Nasty - Nightmare Vacation (Album Review)

Rico Nasty’s first full album is a punk-trap melange of squawking, whooping and spitting. With that barrage the Maryland wordsmith is sort of delivering on the early promise of mixtapes ‘Nasty’ and ‘Anger Management’, and while ‘Nightmare Vacation’ is inconsistent in quality, there is little doubt that she has what it takes to be a superstar.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Sigur Ros

Sigur Rós - Odin's Raven Magic (Album Review)

Photo: Eva Vermandel Behold, ye mortals! The end is nigh! But not because of a no-deal Brexit. This is ‘Odin’s Raven Magic’, the latest record from Icelandic post-rock masters, Sigur Rós. It’s an opera based on Norse mythology and ancient Edda poetry, and if you ever tried to envisage what the previous 26 words would actually sound like, fear not. You’re spot on. 

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Thursday, 10 December 2020

Deafheaven

Deafheaven - 10 Years Gone (Album Review)

Photo: Bobby Cochran June 1, 2020 marked a decade of Deafheaven. It was on that date 10 years ago that the experimental black metal darlings made their first dent, emerging with their shimmering, untitled demo. Little did anybody know that their grassroots debut was the dawn for one of the 21st century’s most important metal bands.

Written by: Matt Mills | Date: Wednesday, 09 December 2020

Alex Maas

Alex Maas - Luca (Album Review)

This year has been a good one for new ventures from seasoned musicians. Among so many lowlights, 2020 has been home to fine debut solo albums from the likes of Andy Bell and Matt Berninger, while Alex Maas’s ‘Luka’ is another welcome aside from today’s continuing troubles. But, while his peers occasionally nodded to earlier work with their famous bands, ‘Luca’ does little to remind us of the Black Angels.

Written by: Graeme Marsh | Date: Tuesday, 08 December 2020

Gone Is Gone

Gone Is Gone - If Everything Happens for a Reason…Then Nothing Really Matters at All (Album Review)

Gone Is Gone have always been understandably wary of the ‘supergroup’ tag. Nowadays, the term invokes memories of showbiz flops like Damnocracy as much as it does a band like Temple of the Dog, and that kind of mainstream cash-in has always clearly been the last thing on this four-piece’s mind.

Written by: Matt Mills | Date: Friday, 04 December 2020

Palm Reader

Palm Reader - Sleepless (Album Review)

When we talk about new records the same set of cliches often pop up. Is it a complete about face? The result of a new blend of influences? Or perhaps a case of a band digging their heels in with the tried and tested sounds of the past? But such an approach simply won’t do for an album as exciting as Palm Reader’s ‘Sleepless’. Four albums in, these UK hardcore heavyweights have found their zenith.

Written by: Alex Mace | Date: Tuesday, 01 December 2020

The Smashing Pumpkins

Smashing Pumpkins - CYR (Album Review)

Photo: Jonathan Wein With each new Smashing Pumpkins release comes guarded excitement from long time admirers. Will they feebly rehash past triumphs and desecrate the legacy they’re loved for, or depart from it completely and risk the same outcome? Never ones to opt for the obvious route, with ‘CYR’ the band have delivered a third option. Here they head into unfamiliar territory while offering up subtle stylistic nods to their formative years.

Written by: Laura Johnson | Date: Monday, 30 November 2020

Megan Thee Stallion

Megan Thee Stallion - Good News (Album Review)

Megan Thee Stallion exudes overwhelming confidence, both on her records and IRL. Grabbing the world’s attention once again earlier this year, this time alongside Cardi B with the empowering anthem WAP, Megan warmed us up for the uncensored, high octane charge of her debut album ‘Good News’.

Written by: Milly McMahon | Date: Thursday, 26 November 2020

Nick Cave

Nick Cave - Idiot Prayer (Album Review)

Back in the summer, as lockdown continued to bite, Nick Cave walked back into our lives with a streaming event that felt of the moment and also exemplary of his otherworldly ability to create an escapist space with his music. Through a series of intricate piano ballads captured at Alexandra Palace in London, Cave presented a medley of timeless classics that showcased a lifetime of graft and emotion.

Written by: Rebecca Llewellyn | Date: Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Chris Stapleton

Chris Stapleton - Starting Over (Album Review)

Photo: Andy Barron Chris Stapleton’s fourth record is a sterling example of why, when it comes to exhibiting the craft of a bona fide singer-songwriter, the album format always has and always will be king. ‘Starting Over’ is the kind of cohesive effort that makes you pity people who are content to download single songs with little appreciation for either the wider musical context or artistic intent.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Babeheaven

Babeheaven - Home For Now (Album Review)

Photo: Luca Anzalone ‘Home for Now’, West London band Babeheaven’s first album, is a washy cloud of dream-trip-hop with elegant textures and tones, fronted by the delicate stylings of vocalist Nancy Andersen. While lightweight, it provides a caring salve in a world that may only just be turning the corner on a wretched year.

Written by: Jacob Brookman | Date: Monday, 23 November 2020

Killer Be Killed

Killer Be Killed - Reluctant Hero (Album Review)

Photo: Greg La Ferman The idea of Frankenstein’s monster-style hybrid bands has often suggested more of an exercise in fleeting novelty than lasting creativity. Thankfully, the returning Killer Be Killed, an all-star project comprising Greg Puciato, formerly of Dillinger Escape Plan, Soulfly’s Max Cavalera and Troy Sanders of Mastodon, pick up where their 2014 debut left off with ‘Reluctant Hero’, retaining everything you’d expect from the pedigree of the musicians involved.

Written by: Jon Stickler | Date: Friday, 20 November 2020

The Cribs

The Cribs - Night Network (Album Review)

If it weren’t for a few words from Dave Grohl, a Cribs album in 2020 might not have been possible. After supporting Foo Fighters at a show in Manchester a while back, Grohl offered the band his Los Angeles studio for them to find distraction in, and they subsequently recorded their first album since 2017’s ‘24-7 Rock Star Shit’.

Written by: Matty Pywell | Date: Wednesday, 18 November 2020

AC DC

AC/DC - Power Up (Album Review)

Photo: Josh Cheuse In an increasingly unpredictable world, where ‘The New Normal’ is anything but, there’s a hell of a lot to be said for a little metronomic dependability. So welcome back legendary rock ‘n’ rollers AC/DC. Featuring a line-up that’s as close to classic as possible, and treating experimentation and trend-chasing with disdain, ‘PWR/UP’ is a reassuringly lean, punchy affair that, for anyone looking to find comfort in the familiar, perhaps ranks as the most heartening listen of 2020.

Written by: Simon Ramsay | Date: Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Busta Rhymes

Busta Rhymes - Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God (Album Review)

Fired up and full of purpose, rap legend Busta Rhymes calls his fans to arms on 'Extinction Level Event 2: The Wrath of God'. Landing 12 years on from part one (subtitled ‘The Final World Front’), eight from his last record and six from its initial announcement with a handful of since-scrapped singles in 2014, it delivers off a long run up in a big way.

Written by: Milly McMahon | Date: Monday, 16 November 2020

 
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