9 December 2013
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Once you’ve played it, you may wish to wash your hands
It’s all such an unromantic vision of human relations, it’s actually depressing
The Arts Desk
The onslaught of bawdy imagery eventually grows tedious, but there's something compelling about witnessing one man's psyche laid so completely bare
The skeletal beats and slow-grind synth arrangements ooze sexuality, while Kelly remains the most skilled vocal inheritor of Marvin Gaye’s crown
because the internet
No one will be laughing at this brave reinvention
Intriguing, occasionally frustrating, rarely boring
The album never distinguishes a style that is his own, always sounding like one step removed from his contemporaries
Consequence Of Sound
Gambino is observant and often funny, and his loose-limbed flow can sting
If You Wait
An album of graceful sophistication
Join The Dots
Conductor’s seven minutes of wordless krautrock is as uninteresting as it is inessential, while at over an hour in length the album is in danger of overstaying its welcome
Alasdair Roberts & Robin Robertson
The song structures are less baroque and the arrangements sparser than those of Roberts’ other 2013 album, A Wonder Working Stone, yet Hirta Songs is just as rich a work
There’s a really concise, focused, idiosyncratic pop album somewhere in here, but at 15 songs and an hour long, ARTPOP is not quite it
Five Spanish Songs
Five Spanish Songs is clearly more than a mere genre exercise—it’s a respectful, and very much tuneful, tip of the cap from one songwriter to another, which transcends language
bEEdEEgEE makes it apparent that Brian Degraw has a future with or without Gang Gang Dance, as this solo album can rival any of his previously released heights
What Makes Us Glow
The band's most eclectic album to date
Under The Radar
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Some extremely enthusiastic reviews for the full-length debut from Brooklyn-based indie folk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jordan Lee. As well as a BNM from Pitchfork, there's a 9/10 from Consequence of Sound, while All Music call it "a remarkably engaging debut"
Since we've been around, that is. So, the highest-rated albums from the past four years and a half 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
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