23 April 2021
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Flat White Moon
Having grown in style and confidence with each album and displayed a flair for charting life's ever-changing weather patterns, here they do so with real, deeply-lived insight and dazzling pop expertise. Print edition only
They’ve smuggled in sobering thoughts of isolation, loneliness and optimism’s perpetual challenge. But hope wins through with the sprightly funk and handclaps of closer “You Get Better”. Print edition only
The album is at its best when it leans into the DJ/producer’s dexterous instrumental tinkering
His temporally fragmented discography feels like a collection of works in progress - stepping stones, documenting his turbulent journey from musical prodigy to adulthood
The sound design of Nurture comes with a plentiful bag of tricks to keep listeners on their toes
The Atlanta-born producer and DJ pushed through a period of intense hardship, emerging with a zen-like spirit that's all over this jubilant second album
While Nurture may feel disordered, it’s a kind of chaos that can only come with passion – and that is a sound Porter Robinson has more than earned the right to explore
The Line Of Best Fit
Surrounded By Time
This lively Welshman isn't rolling over just yet. Print edition only
Great stuff. More please. Print edition only
A world away from his genial role on Saturday Night Television, it’s a 12 strong song cycle that finds Tom Jones doing exactly as he pleases. It’s an extraordinary balancing act, another vital page in this remarkable ongoing chapter
Sweep It Into Space
Featuring co-production from Kurt Vile, the classic trio’s latest reunion album is their breeziest and most melodically generous yet
Never the Right Time
Stott remains a sublime sonic craftsman and chaotic moments like ‘Never The Right Time’ and ‘Answers’ do contain a familiar magic, but they stand in direct contrast with the tedium of the slower numbers
Greta Van Fleet
The Battle at Garden's Gate
Four decades into their career together, the men of Dinosaur Jr. aren’t ones for tinkering, and why should they be? When you have a signature sound as enduring as theirs, deviation only seems destined to produce disappointment
God Is In The TV
The octogenarian sounds like a singer still in the thick of the action
The Arts Desk
For all of the complaints about the band’s shameless aping of classic rock tropes, it wouldn’t be as big of a deal if they did it with a sense of joy or excitement, neither of which is found here
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"A beautiful storm, dense, monstrous, vital, and aching to break free" - Exclaim's take on the 4th LP from the Detroit hardcore punk collective. The Line Of Best Fit say it's "equally brutal and melodic"
Since we've been around, that is. So, the highest-rated albums from the past eight years or so. Rankings are calculated to two decimal places.
To Pimp A Butterfly
Fetch The Bolt Cutters
D'Angelo And The Vanguard
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
Rough and Rowdy Ways
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
Run The Jewels