23 June 2017
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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‘Boomiverse’ won’t be remembered as Big Boi’s finest moment, but that’s more a testament to a fine career than anything else
You can hear Lorde replacing the passion of a failed relationship with a renewed fervor for getting lost within the songs themselves, celebrating music’s uncanny ability to make her dance again as well as rescue her from despair
The Line Of Best Fit
Melodies as miraculous as White Winter Hymnal, Mykonos or Battery Kinzie are in short supply here, but moments of the old magic remain
Operates in a genre that’s seen it all, and yet, it still feels entirely new
A talent as intriguingly fully-formed and distinctive, in its own way, as Marling, Mitchell and Bush
A Place I'll Always Go
A more tonally subdued though no less inspired approach for Kempner's talents as she delivers a poignant set informed by the loss of her grandmother, the sudden death of a close friend, and the thrill of beginning a new relationship
Proves the fact that Palehound are one of the most relevant indie rock bands to date
It feels like you’re in on something here, that she is sharing this CD-R with just you and a few other friends
There's a distinct '90s sound, a channelling of Pavement complete with head-swaying riffs
Under The Radar
The Underside Of Power
Algiers are several orders up in terms of gravitas and power and the sheer conviction of their sound, not just over Bloc Party but pretty much everything else right now
Drowned In Sound
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard
Murder Of The Universe
Maybe by the end of 2017, five records of this headache-inducing madness might be too much, but, at least for now, those reptilian magicians have got us wanting more. Bring on album number 11. Let’s embrace the weirdness
Drowned In Sound
While City Music certainly doesn’t surpass Singing Saw, it’s a hell of a lot of fun to hear Morby take a walk on the wild side
Big Fish Theory
Whatever this is, it’s jaw-dropping. Over to you, Kendrick
Feels like a volatile house party. There are moments of utter euphoria (‘Green Light’), passionate intimacy (‘Sober’), heartbreaking quietness (‘Liability’), reflection on excess (‘Perfect Places’), and beyond
If he hopes to continue the project, he may eventually need to adapt. But for now, his tried and true formula of evoking 80s nostalgia in an authentic and beautiful way continues to work
"Possibly the greatest indie-folk act of the decade" - Sputnik give a perfect 10 to the Seattle band's first record in 5 years. Uncut find it "distinctive, involving, challenging, accessible, progressive"
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