1 May 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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How music bloggers are rating recent albums over the past 6 weeks.
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Suggests the Danish alt-rock trio could say more with less. It’s a pop record with a light outer frosting of edginess
Avictory not only within itself, but also as a declaration of how strong and special Mew remains no matter how many years and/or members have passed since their first Triumph
A strong EP blown up into a flawed full-length
Under The Radar
Visuals is drenched in grandiosity, but many of its songs are devoid of proper exploration; instead of pushing the limits, they often feel idle
A confident release from a seasoned band still harbouring the energies of youth
While it's true that some of their pseudo-"prog" power is lost without Madsen's riffs, Mew's delivery is no less effective
Mary J Blige
Strength Of A Woman
Clearly, the passion remains
Some big characters have walk-on parts but none of them can steal the show
The Arts Desk
A handsome set of hip-hop soul torch songs inspired by the end of the New Yorker’s marriage
Her indomitable voice is always the main event
A steady return
Blige's finest offering in over a decade
R&B star conjures some of her old magic
Purposeful pop bangers
Mark Lanegan Band
A bravura statement from an artist still sounding fresh three decades into his career
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"What Humanz lacks in memorable hooks, it makes up for in fist-clenching spirit" - Q's take on the 5th LP from Damon Albarn's band. NME say it's "a star-studded and political dose of hope and fear"
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
A Crow Looked at Me
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
You Want It Darker
Carrie & Lowell