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Album reviews – October 2021

Album reviews – October 2021
Album reviews

Malcolm Jiyane: Umdali review | Ammar Kalia’s global album of the month

by Ammar Kalia on 15th October 2021 at 8:00 am (Mushroom Hour Half Hour)A figure in his country’s jazz scene since his early teens, Jiyane’s skill comes to the fore in his anticipated debut as a bandleader, a set full of hope and momentum Continue reading…

Joy Crookes: Skin review – vibrant politics and beautiful storytelling

by Alim Kheraj on 15th October 2021 at 8:00 am (Insanity Records)The Bangladeshi-Irish south Londoner’s urgent debut album laces trauma and social commentary with bouncing melody and retro stylings Continue reading…

Bach: Ich Habe Genug review | Erica Jeal’s classical album of the week

by Erica Jeal on 14th October 2021 at 1:44 pm Dunedin Consort/Butt(Linn)Cantatas 82, 32 and 106 trace a vivid path from despair to hope in John Butt’s uplifting recording Continue reading…

Coldplay: Music of the Spheres review – slipping status prompts a desperate pop pivot

by Alexis Petridis on 14th October 2021 at 12:29 pm (Parlophone)Crafted with one eye firmly on the Spotify stats, the band’s synths-heavy ninth album features BTS and Selena Gomez amid a muddled cosmic concept Continue reading…

Talk Memory by BadBadNotGood review – widescreen wanderings

by Kate Hutchinson on 10th October 2021 at 2:00 pm (XL Recordings)The Canadian trio evoke a sense of the unknown on their cinematic fifth album Continue reading…

I Want the Door to Open by Lala Lala review – ambition and reinvention

by Emily Mackay on 10th October 2021 at 12:00 pm (Hardly Art)Lillie West’s third album steers away from lo-fi indie to impressive, light-touch dream pop Continue reading…

James Blake: Friends That Break Your Heart review – a breakup album with a difference

by Kitty Empire on 10th October 2021 at 8:00 am (Polydor)The singer-songwriter articulates the pain of lost friendships against a backdrop of chamber music and trap pop Continue reading…

Pokey LaFarge: In the Blossom of Their Shade review – all kinds of breezy Americana

by Neil Spencer on 9th October 2021 at 3:00 pm (New West)Surf guitars, R&B and cod-Caribbean sunshine combine in this upbeat response to lockdown Continue reading…

Classical home listening: Steven Isserlis, Beatrice Rana and more

by Fiona Maddocks on 9th October 2021 at 11:00 am Isserlis rediscovers gems from Britten to Adès; Rana is fearless in lockdown Chopin; and Christopher Nupen is in the spotlight Continue reading…

John Coltrane: A Love Supreme Live in Seattle review | John Fordham’s jazz album of the month

by John Fordham on 8th October 2021 at 9:00 am This amateur 1965 recording from a Seattle club shows Coltrane and his ensemble, expanded to include saxist Pharoah Sanders, at a pivotal moment Continue reading…

Magdalena Bay: Mercurial World review – poolside pop with seductive charm

by Laura Snapes on 8th October 2021 at 8:00 am (Luminelle)The LA duo’s debut offers sultry grooves and wraithlike vocals alongside a mix of sweetness and distortion Continue reading…

Martinů: Les Fresques, The Parables, Estampes review | Andrew Clements’s classical album of the week

by Andrew Clements on 7th October 2021 at 5:31 pm Prague Radio SO/Netopil(Supraphon)The Czech composer’s meditations on Piero’s Arezzo frescoes are among the fascinating works on this rewarding disc Continue reading…

Sam Fender: Seventeen Going Under review – music that punches the air and the gut

by Alexis Petridis on 7th October 2021 at 11:00 am PolydorThe North Shields songwriter replaces his former broad-brush politicking with rousing but arrestingly bleak, personal material that puts his indie-rock peers in the shade Continue reading…

Tirzah: Colourgrade review – hypnotic intimacies that draw you in

by Emily Mackay on 3rd October 2021 at 2:00 pm (Domino)Working once more with Mica Levi, the Essex songwriter sets a dreamy pace on her unpredictable, eclectic second album Continue reading…

Ray BLK: Access Denied review – an unabashedly mainstream debut

by Kitty Empire on 3rd October 2021 at 8:00 am (Island)The south Londoner aims to be “the black Madonna” on this taut set of wise words and killer hooks with a distinct sense of place Continue reading…

Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto: Live at Berlin Jazz Festival 1966 review – more than impressive

by Dave Gelly on 2nd October 2021 at 3:00 pm (The Lost Recordings)The American saxophonist’s quartet were on top form here, and proved a perfect backing band for the star Brazilian singer Continue reading…

Potter Payper: Thanks for Waiting review – a new era of levity and pain

by Will Pritchard on 1st October 2021 at 8:00 am (0207 Def Jam)The Barking rapper, recently released from prison, makes good on his promise to focus on music and invites in his peers for his major-label debut Continue reading…

Various artists: In the Echo – Field Recordings from Earlsfort Terrace review | Jude Rogers’s folk album of the month

by Jude Rogers on 1st October 2021 at 7:30 am (ER32)Recording for the 150th anniversary of Dublin’s National Concert Hall, a stellar roster of Irish musicians turn out treasures old and new Continue reading…

Elisabeth Lutyens: Piano Works Volume 1 review | Andrew Clements’s classical album of the week

by Andrew Clements on 30th September 2021 at 2:00 pm Martin Jones(Resonus)Prolific, radical and scandalously overlooked, Lutyens gets some belated recognition with Jones’s take on her terse, unadorned piano music Continue reading…

Public Service Broadcasting: Bright Magic review – mood music, from Weimar to Bowie

by Phil Mongredien on 26th September 2021 at 2:00 pm (Play It Again Sam)Berlin is the inspiration for the band’s inventive if melancholy fourth album Continue reading…

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