10 March 2014
Here's how it works: The Recent Releases chart brings together critical reaction to new albums from more than 50 publications 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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Joan As Police Woman
A welcome addition to Joan As Police Woman's repertoire and a recommended addition to any album collection due to its impressive ability to surprise and innovate as it moves forward
Her fourth album as Joan As Police Woman is meant to soundtrack a new sense of joyful tranquillity
Certainly rings the changes impressively. It’s Metronomy’s best work to date
A Perfect Contradiction
Faith's vocals are too theatrically overdone to be moving, and the songs too generic to reach any level of grandeur
The Take Off And Landing Of Everything
Charge is the go-to song on Elbow's sixth album, containing the Bury fivesome's best, and least-best, instincts
No Mythologies To Follow
What she lacks in originality, she makes up for with warlike ardour.
Love Letters still has a thing for boxy little drum machines, kiddy keyboards and plangent one-finger solos. But now Mount has combined these with a fresh fixation: the 60s
An album which is basically Paloma Faith Sings The Big Lovelorn Cliche Songbook, but with little in the way of conviction
The Arts Desk
Faith has a nice ear for melody and smart turn of phrase
A gamble in more ways than one for the NYC nostalgic collective, but it's one that reaps far more than it sows
Apart from decent work by Jimmy Douglass and a few moments of genuine emotion and promise, Ava Luna will hopefully have better luck the third time around
Its blend of black-lipstick intensity and glowstick exuberance reveals the peak of Trust's powers
He’s clearly amused by this irony, humorously poking and prodding with his gothic tendencies and rhythmic synthesizers
Consequence Of Sound
Nearly half the record — the cuts featuring Williams and Paul — comes off more as a marketing ploy than thoughtful collaboration
Consequence Of Sound
Apocalypse Soon should inevitably be soundtracking at least some of the summer of 2014
The Line Of Best Fit
The Manchester band have another critical hit on their hands with their 6th album. DIY say they "sound revitalised", and Clash call it "rich and rewarding", while Q lavish it with a 10/10. The only discordant note comes from The Skinny, who accuse the band of "coasting"
Since we've been around, that is. So, the highest-rated albums from the past four years and a half 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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