26 September 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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How music bloggers are rating recent albums over the past 6 weeks.
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Sumney approaches the complexities of relationships, power structures and an inability to experience romantic love with a quiet, powerful confidence
Hiss Golden Messenger
The sound of a man happy in his own skin. Print edition only
There's no faulting its honesty. Print edition only
Amadou & Mariam
All through, the harmonies are urgent, uplifting and unspun. Print edition only
Takes he to a whole new level. Print edition only
I Tell A Fly
Supremely confident as it is poetically singular, it's evidence that BC's vision will see him through the long haul. Print edition only
Follow Clementine's muse, and the pay-off is huge. Print edition only
Anyone expecting an album of unchallenging fodder is in for a shock. Print edition only
These elegant, cosmic soul-jazz excursions are a fine fit for Sumney's extraordinary voice. Print edition only
Comes as close to capturing the transient, longing liminality that is the experience of looking for love in the twenty-first century as anything I’ve ever heard
Loud And Quiet
An album that is heartfelt and heartbreaking, and, from the opening chorals to the closing moments of ‘Self Help Tape’, is an album like no other
One of the most emotionally therapeutic albums of the year
Consequence Of Sound
Sumney's gifted voice is a constant source of fascination and pushes the beauty of Aromanticism to triumphant heights
Under The Radar
A pensive journey through dreamlands but also incredibly candid
A genre-resistant debut that juxtaposes guitars with harp sounds and electronic production. It recalls the delicacy of Anohni’s first album while sounding like little else
"Tightly bundled and perfectly accessible without sacrificing any of their artistic integrity" - The Skinny's take on the 5th LP from the goth rock five-piece. Q say it's "bigger than its predecessors"
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