9 December 2016
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An album free from the shackles of a major label and its consequential rampant commercialism was always going to produce something that didn’t immediately pander to its keg fuelled audience.
Hamburg Demonstrations is exactly what we've come to expect from Doherty: tongue-in-cheek Brit-rock bristling with vernacular attitude and guitars reeking of booze and windowless bedrooms
Goodbye Terrible Youth
Despite some quick song transitions and the consistent full-band sound throughout, Goodbye Terrible Youth fails to connect well as an album
Under The Radar
The Weight of These Wings
There's a masterpiece of a divorce album hidden in here
24 beautifully crafted songs, and not a melody or word is wasted
It is by no means tight, but its excess is also its asset because immersion reveals different pleasures with every spin
An album that never wallows in breakup pain, but instead deals – making plans, getting drunk, flirting, testifying and, above all, moving on
While Wings is hardly a showcase for any kind of vocal gymnastics, Lambert’s voice remains the star throughout
The artist is thoughtful and meandering, moving casually between ballads and rave-ups, confessions and accusations, songs about giving up on love and songs about looking for it again
After a prolonged silence in the wake of her very public divorce, Miranda Lambert opens up, takes the high road and harnesses her heartbreak to create one of the best country albums of 2016
Over the 24 tracks there genuinely isn’t a duff one, not a song is wasted
The Digital Fix
"Awaken, My Love!"
His most enjoyable effort yet, but confusing as hell
An unmitigated, borderline unlistenable disaster
An album with a few minor, but obvious, faults. However, in its best moments, the record reaches such great heights, that the flat points are easy to forgive and quickly forgotten
One of Neil Young's genuinely strange albums, a record that's compelling in its series of increasingly bad decisions
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The Observer reckon that with his third album "Glover’s genre fluency is unimpeachable". DIY say it's "colourful" and "brilliantly messy" while the Irish Times think it "adds another destination to his creative map"
Since we've been around, that is. So, the highest-rated albums from the past seven 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
No Cities To Love