24 November 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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Wildbirds And Peacedrums
It's both primal and audacious, raw and approachable, unnerving and comforting
Sputnik Music (staff)
It is simply a good collection of good songs, put together by talented folks to showcase their obvious talents
Sputnik Music (staff)
Simple Minds have finally come to terms with all the fragments of their musical identity, focused them in a complementary manner, and delivered a whole with an unapologetic pop savvy and flair
A rhapsody of the material, the messy, and the intensely human
Loud And Quiet
A focused, inspiring Ghersi promises a more rewarding pop landscape for 2015
Consequence Of Sound
Pom Pom would be intolerable if it didn't dare revel in the sublime ridiculousness of the cheap, tragically dated, and deeply sleazy
Under The Radar
The entire album sounds like a warm-up number to the final track
Vapor City Archives
Stewart's increased output and dearth of exploration gives Archives an unflattering offhandedness, and it also dilutes the potency of Vapor City
Savages & Bo Ningen
Words To The Blind
Two bands playing, not in opposition, but in perfect, complementing disharmony
Drowned In Sound
Down To Earth
Stay awake, slam the free gin and tonics and you might just manage to convince yourself you’re having a good time
A Hound At The Hem
This is something that should have stayed in the vaults, largely, and is pretty much only for anyone out there who is a Slim Twig completist
Kenny Dennis III
But it's one of the best installments in a series that deserves better Nielsen ratings, and the proceedings are so engaging that you hardly notice there's nearly as much talking as rapping
Kings & Queens Of The Underground
William Broad from Bromley is back-back-back. Print edition only
The Inevitable End
Exhilarating pan Scandinavian hook-up with Robyn. Print edition only
Bleak and unique. Print edition only
A clutch of highly positive reviews for the Mancunian electronic producer's 4th album. Pitchfork awards an 8.4, stating that "The separate moments are astounding", while Exclaim say it "confirms Stott's position as one of the most stirring and explorative producers going"
Since we've been around, that is. So, the highest-rated albums from the past five years 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