17 June 2019
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Sarah Davachi asserts herself as a composer rather than a mere ambient artist on these four ghostly tracks that comprise Pale Bloom
The Canadian composer turns from electroacoustic minimalism to contemplative, deeply focused compositions for piano, organ, voice, and strings.
These are quietly quixotic pieces, rich and poignant, possessing a stilled, slowly unfolding melancholia. Print edition only
Sarah Davachi takes Bach down multiple pathways, purifying the listener with techno-druid oscillations that could shake both soul and glass
The more she continues to challenge herself and her audience, the more rewarding her work becomes
It’s a rewarding hour and he's earned the light relief.
This is familiar ground for Springsteen, although the album brings a degree of reinvention to him too
Reggaetón meets classical piano and electropop on an eclectic, expansive 14th album
The Book Of Traps And Lessons
An always thought-provoking record
Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest
Callahan’s gnomic half-smile and his ability to pull the rug out under certainties remain. The shepherd’s in a sheepskin waistcoat, after all – capable of betrayal.
Springsteen sings brilliantly throughout, gritty on Hitch Hikin’, Orbison-operatic on the more elaborate pieces, and though the high notes can prove elusive, he retains the cadence of a born narrator. Brave and intriguing
Gold & Grey
The Philadephia-based quartet have put their travails behind them and found a new sense of purpose on this more psychedelic fifth album
Humour and subtly shattering insights into a new life as a parent add profundity to Callahan’s expansive album
Producer Rick Rubin has pared back the effects, giving Tempest’s songs about trying to love and dance through our current crises room to reach out
A collection of songs that are sweet, sad, and searching, songs that feel finely etched on their own terms but gather a deep, lasting resonance when collected on this enchanting album
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The Irish Times reckon the 19th solo LP from the singer-songwriter is "his most radical and arguably his best album for some time". PopMatters say it's "deeply moving, inventive and even a bit risky"
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
D'Angelo And The Vanguard
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
You Want It Darker
Carrie & Lowell
A Crow Looked at Me