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Album reviews February 2020

  King Krule: Man Alive! review – stirring, dreamy optimism by Tara Joshi on 23rd February 2020 at 3:00 pm (XL)Archy Marshall has been refining his woozy, washed-out sounds since he emerged back in 2010. With each release under his King Krule moniker, he has shown a proclivity for deeply emotive, expansive musicality steeped in […]

Latest albums – January 2020

Sam Lee: Old Wow review – Britain’s nature crisis in gnarly song by Jude Rogers on 31st January 2020 at 8:30 am (Cooking Vinyl) Lee’s twee-free third album, produced by Bernard Butler and featuring Liz Fraser, is a stark reminder of this country’s environmental concernsSam Lee has always sat slightly awkwardly within folk music. He […]

Albums of the year 2019

Ok, we have our own preferences but what have the UK music journalists, bloggers and other made their albums of the year in 2019? Here’s a summary of the the top 20 in various publications. The Guardian – top 20 albums 2019 2 Dave – Psychodrama Until this year, rapper Dave was a singles artist […]

November 2019 album reviews

Hannah Diamond: Reflections review – trance-pop rescued from good taste by Ben Beaumont-Thomas on 22nd November 2019 at 10:30 am (PC Music)On these melancholy bangers, the PC Music singer uses nursery rhyme-like melodies and a girlish sing-song delivery to essay the pain of being lovelorn and vulnerableHere’s an affecting companion piece to Caroline Polachek’s recently […]

National album day 2019 – Saturday 12 October 2019

On Saturday 12th October 2019 the entire British music community is coming together to celebrate the second National Album Day. The day celebrates the format of the album as an art form. In the days of streaming and people buying single tracks, National Album Day reminds us that albums can still have an impact on […]

Shortlist for 2019 Hyundai Mercury Album of the Year Prize

The music industry’s most random and unpredictable awards – Hyundai Mercury Album of the Year Prize – culminates with a live show and announcement on Thursday 19 September at the Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith. While we’re not convinced by the merits of pitting one work of  music against another in a competition it’s a great way […]

September 2019 album reviews

  Miles Davis: Rubberband review – slim pickings by Dave Gelly on 8th September 2019 at 7:00 am (Rhino/Warner)Newly signed to the Warner Bros label in 1985, Miles Davis set about recording an album intended to capture a new, young audience. He was given a more or less free hand and there were rumours of […]

August 2019 album reviews

Bon Iver: i,i review – complex and majestic by Damien Morris on 11th August 2019 at 7:00 am (Jagjaguwar)Apparently, i,i completes a seasonal quartet of Bon Iver albums, starting with the wintry confessions of 2008’s For Emma, Forever Ago and ending now, in autumn. Yet i,i has a brighter, more optimistic and open feel than […]

July 2019 album reviews

  Spell Songs: The Lost Words review – a literary landscape brought to life by Neil Spencer on 21st July 2019 at 8:00 am (Quercus)The vivid, poetic nature writing of Robert Macfarlane has touched a sweet spot in the national psyche, making him a bestseller and provoking a groundswell of concern for language, landscape and […]

June 2019 album reviews

  Dausgaard/Appl/BBCSSO: Kullervo review – thrilling and intense account of Sibelius’ epic by Erica Jeal on 27th June 2019 at 2:30 pm (Hyperion)Thomas Dausgaard and the BBC Scottish Symphony conjure grand landscapes and a rousing plot with Helena Juntunen and Benjamin Appl the persuasive soloistsSibelius had mixed feelings about Kullervo, the work that in 1892 […]