21 April 2015
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The Magic Whip
At its best The Magic Whip thrums with ideas and possibilities. Print edition only
For a collection with an eye on the setting sun and the slow decline, it’s a fine late flowering. Print edition only
This might turn out to be one of the most accomplished records of the year. Print edition only
The Magic Whip
While not quite the gang of four of old, they are all pulling in the same direction and, even for the most casual Blur fan, that is a glorious thing
The Magic Whip hasn’t been studied or pored-over, and that something alchemical and very natural has been allowed to work together once more
They’re a band still able to find new emotional triggers their contemporaries have yet to discover. Their magic remains as strong as ever
This is a reunited band making music to rival their very best
It's when the riffs seem plucked straight from the annals of 1997 that Blur seem to remember how to have fun
Where Passion Pit really succeed on this record is that the nostalgia doesn't seem forced or gimmicky
Often tawdry and occasionally remarkable, Damogen Furies is a scattershot release, but one that's definitely worth exploring
As Wire albums go, Wire is very accessible and it contains nods to almost every album that has come before it
Sound And Colour
It's a deliberately weird record, but authentically weird; it's chaotic yet cohesive, full of sound, colour and unshakable vision
Second Hand Heart
His best record in years. Maybe decades
If you have an empathetic heart, you may be entranced by Villagers’ honesty and naturalistic compositions. If you’re looking for more than that, though, Darling Arithmetic provides a mostly passing interest
Edge of the Sun
What's performed is written well from cover to cover, but what glues the pieces together is vacant
"A surprising, hugely satisfying trip from a transformed band" - musicOMH's take on the 2nd LP from the Athens, Alabama quartet. LoBF say "it defies expectations without disrupting the status quo"
Since we've been around, that is. So, the highest-rated albums from the past six years or so. Rankings are calculated to two decimal places.
To Pimp A Butterfly
D'Angelo And The Vanguard
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Carrie & Lowell
No Cities To Love
Let England Shake
My Bloody Valentine