19 November 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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Even in untainted fantasy, the dissonance of reality feels close behind. Wiesenfeld’s attractive solution is to run, and with songs like this, you want to go with him
Loud And Quiet
Builds on his gift for storytelling
The Line Of Best Fit
Pop star or no, Wiesenfeld, as Baths, taps into those universal feelings that makes pop music so accessible and so, well, popular
Tiny Mix Tapes
It’s all reassuringly consistent and distinctively Baths, managing to be both personal and kinetic as well as fantastical and otherworldly
Memory of a Cut Off Head
Reverts to his early-noughties down-tempo incarnation as OCS, which only illuminates his frailties as a singer/lyricist [Print edition only]
Memory Of A Cut Off Head proves his magic straddles genres
Brushed drums, vintage electronics and hushed vocals [Print edition only]
What Memory of a Cut Off Head does do, however, is make a compelling case for Dwyer and co. to do away with the amplifiers and histrionics for good
The Line Of Best Fit
A typically strange experience from OCS and one which might not translate to newer fans of the band looking for their trademark psyche-punk sound
Few albums in the Oh Sees catalogue are as emotionally intimate as Memory Of A Cut Off Head
Something hazily psychedelic and expansive, a little bit folky and rustic, with every nook and cranny filled by a wide array of instruments
Delicate, enchanting, and altogether intangible, ‘Memory Of A Cut Off Head’ is a venture into the unexpected
‘The Architect’ may not quite be the album she thinks it is, but it should cement Faith’s position in the top tier of British pop singers
Nobody will storm parliament after hearing this, but Faith’s heart’s in the right place
The bombastic tone overall is exhausting, pushing Paloma to bellowing extremes on the title track, where the shrill chorus “I will forgive you” finds her literally protesting too much
Q suggest that with his eleventh solo album the former Smiths frontman "proves himself a pop provocateur of enduring efficacy" while Mojo describe it as "partisan, powerful and controversial"
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