23 October 2019
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An album that's thoughtful, emotional, expertly crafted and often sublime. Print edition only
This isn’t as immediately powerful or riveting as Love & Hate. But the multifaceted material, along with the pioneering, organic and often offbeat production, grows on you. Listening closely with headphones heightens and intensifies the experience
Kiwanuka is loaded with memorable songs, but the best way to experience them is by listening to the album from start to finish. Print edition only
However bad things get, Kiwanuka wants you to feel better. Print edition only
Meredith's precision helps control the fun, but this is another buoyant invention from her musical lab. Print edition only
Like its predecessor, FIBS is a stubbornly uncategorisable hybrid of styles, tempos and angles on the traditional "song." Print edition only
Far from feeling like a jumbled assortment of styles, FIBS feels more like a sprawling spectrum that hits a spot somewhere between the irresistible and the intriguing
Loud And Quiet
Finds the singer-songwriter continuing to defy genre and break the rules.
A maximal and intricate album that blurs boundaries between the organic and electronic
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Colorado makes good on Young's promise that rust never sleeps — turns out, it gets better with age
There Existed An Addiction To Blood
Clipping expertly use horrorcore to deliver politically pointed hip hop
Giants of All Sizes
Elbow plant their feet and sing out defiantly with love.
It's an album that keeps it pretty simple, staves off the sadness with a hearty riff or two and delivers old-fashioned fun by the ferry-load
Under The Radar
The album’s direst moments are still refreshing because they find Young doing whatever the hell he wants to
Floating Points' Crush is an album of profound contrasts. For every track designed to electrify the dancefloor, there is a gentle sweeping orchestral piece
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"2019 is Big Thief's year" - The Skinny's take on the 4th LP and second of the year from the indie rock quartet fronted by Adrianne Lenker while Mojo reckon it's a "sparer but equally powerful record"
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
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
D'Angelo And The Vanguard
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
You Want It Darker
Carrie & Lowell