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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 […]

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 […]

April 2019 album releases

Aldous Harding: Designer review – a true original by Kitty Empire on 28th April 2019 at 8:00 am (4AD)Had Aldous Harding remained preserved in aspic, with just two mesmeric, folk-adjacent albums to her name, she would still be numbered among this generation’s true originals.Renown and greater budgets have allowed this New Zealander to trade up […]