18 August 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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To The Bone
Displays his unmatched knack for crafting intelligent, classy, catchy and powerful progressive rock music
An excellent introduction to the qualities that make Steven Wilson such an important songwriter and producer in modern music, prog or otherwise
Under The Radar
Steven Wilson proves that an artist can venture into uncharted musical waters, even 30 years into their career, for ambitious and vibrant results like these
Sputnik Music (staff)
To The Bone
Melancholy defines Wilson’s music, no matter the project, which makes the unapologetic happiness of To the Bone a welcome entry into his catalogue
Steven Wilson is capable of producing a great pop album, but this sure as hell isn’t it
Drowned In Sound
Keeps its pop and prog influences in a near perfect balance. Print edition only
There are flashes of pop brilliance. Print edition only
Dark Days and Canapes
Stunning second full band outing from savvy, sharp-eyed London chronicler. Print edition only
This is a statement of real substance. Print edition only
It’s wonderfully infectious, with echoes of Spiritualized, Bob Dylan’s vocal delivery and Achtung Baby-era U2, all while retaining a strong thread of individuality
He sings with Bob Dylan’s slur but unites it with the stylings of some notable Britrock bands. You could file him beside Kasabian after hearing the over-egged dance-rock of Automatic, or Spiritualized due to the gospel uplift of Shine
Ostrander throws himself into it with vim but his mannerisms grate, including grandstanding impersonations of Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen
There’s enough bright flutters to indicate some strong potential from an artist looking to push the boundaries of the three-and-a-half-minute pop song
Something of a missed opportunity
The album is an expertly crafted assault on the fallacy that ignorance is bliss, an eye-opening invitation to see our society for what it really is. Bliss is overrated anyway
"Songs beautiful on the surface, but with darkness nibbling on all sides." - Uncut's verdict on the Ffifth LP from the Brooklyn indie four-piece while Mojo say they "sound enchanted with the pure pleasure of texture"
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