23 September 2014
Here's how it works: The Recent Releases chart brings together critical reaction to new albums from more than 50 sources worldwide. It's updated daily. Albums qualify with 5 reviews, and drop out after 6 weeks into the longer timespan charts.
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On the Diplo-helmed title track, Brown makes an admirable attempt to take responsibility for his anger-management issues
Adventurous musically and a total mess lyrically
Tracks featuring Kendrick Lamar, Brandy and the late Aaliyah work, but it’s the cringe-worthy moments like R. Kelly collaboration Drown In It that make you think Brown cannot be serious
Brown's voice, still boyish, sounds most natural and full of life in these settings
After a troubled stretch that saw the singer finding new ways to bottom out, Brown has emerged with his strongest album
On Sway, they’re not crushing, pummeling, or really all that effective. Instead, they melt into one sound with the bass guitar to deliver a wall of sound that is ultimately pretty uninteresting
Sway’s one, fundamental emotion — that vague sense of longing you can’t articulate despite its near omnipresence — is a powerful one. Monotony in music can be boring, but it can also be comforting. That’s why Whirr works
Consequence Of Sound
By the end of it, all but the most stuck-in-the-'90s shoegaze fans will see that Sway is an album that would measure up to almost any album made by the first wave of shoegazers
Moody and indrawn, it’s an album that seems to be about nothing in particular; even its song titles, rendered almost entirely in monosyllables like the band’s name, are vague and diffident
This Will Destroy You
This is This Will Destroy You's third album and they've probably all sounded more or less like this
Punish, Honey intrigues, but it’s the prospect of where Seb Gainsborough goes next that’s really fascinating
This Is All Yours
A collection of poised folktronica that is all the making of this band, with dabs of hip-hop, dustbin lid drums, the odd yodel and the group’s trademark a capella vocals
Loud And Quiet
This fourth lp might be a little less expressive, it’s still fresh and lively
Syro demonstrates something never before seen on an Aphex Twin record: temperance. Richard D. James has successfully crafted one of the most stunning records of his career, and he did so by exercising a deft amount of self-control
Pretty Much Amazing
‘Syro’ still delves into the nagging, tense electronica of ‘Drukqs’ - beats still gnaw at the conscience and refuse to settle - only this time the producer’s using, y’know, actual robots to play drums
"An astonishingly brilliant album". That's DIY's view of the 3rd release from Mike Hadreas while music OMH say "It’s not the easiest of pop albums to listen to but its raw power makes it a dazzling triumph"
Since we've been around, that is. So, the highest-rated albums from the past five years or so. Rankings are calculated to two decimal places.
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Let England Shake
My Bloody Valentine
Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down
good kid, m.A.A.d city
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