17 April 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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How music bloggers are rating recent albums over the past 6 weeks.
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The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett
A gorgeous, luscious Eels record
Fear in Bliss
‘Fear In Bliss’ is as catchy as a cold... it’s just irresistible and should proudly sit alongside the successes of their Bella Union labelmates
Love Letters is enough to maintain the band's upward trajectory, but there's too much here that fails to leave a mark
The solemn dream-pop of Demonic is a rare highlight. Print edition only
The New Classic
She can effortlessly take 'classic' tropes and make them her own
Drowned In Sound
If you’ve got your sights set on stardom, on making a name for yourself, Azalea’s the role model you should adore. Let her gospel be an allegory for your rise
The Line Of Best Fit
The promise is still there, but how many 'classics' does it take to deliver a real one?
The Digital Fix
This is a good album. But classic? For that, Iggy will still have to work harder
Immaculately produced, lyrically creative gem
A hedonistic, piston-pumping album that bears as much relation to the urban hustle-and-bustle as it does to festival crowds' surging, ecstatic mindsets
An album that doesn’t necessarily rely heavily on its lead single to boost the album’s prospects
In the tradition of stoned dance-floor hitmakers from decades past like Deee-Lite, Fatboy Slim and M|A|R|R|S
Even the skits are funny – crazy, we know
Range of Light
A shimmering landscape of texture and, indeed, light
Drawing on influences like Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and Otis Redding, this album could well become a classic
"A dreamy, sensuous sprawl of an album" say The Music about Nicholas James Murphy's debut which is getting a good reaction. The 405 say "dynamic, mature, and impressive in all areas"
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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