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Latest Album reviews – May 2020

  Tim Burgess: I Love the New Sky review – unabashedly uplifting by Emily Mackay on 24th May 2020 at 12:00 pm (Bella Union)The Charlatans frontman comes full circle with effortless assuranceA chameleon of the times, Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess has manoeuvred smooth transitions from baggy psychedelicist to pugnacious belter of Britpop crowd-pleasers to peroxide-pudding-bowled […]

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 […]