27 May 2018
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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Kanye ably props up rap's best drug storyteller
Rarely has he sounded so urgent
By staying small, focussed and concise here, he makes the biggest statement of his solo career so far - going against the excess and all-you-can-eat approach that’s trapping the rest of the game is truly a stunt. Pusha T is timeless
All the controversy gives elements of DAYTONA some delicious extra novelty, though thankfully its core ingredients are more than fulfilling on their own
Seven tracks long (like apparently all upcoming G.O.O.D. Music albums) with a sombre and workmanlike tone, the album is stripped down in the best possible sense
By the time the album’s over, he sounds like the last rapper on earth. He’s voracious, barely stopping to breathe from the moment the record begins
Produced entirely by Kanye West, the spare and serrated solo album from Pusha-T is a near-airtight exercise in flair and focus
Love Is Dead
They’ve embraced co-producers for the first time in Greg Kurstin and Steve Mac, and their most sparkling euphoria, bolstered by live drums, is to the fore on the likes of gorgeous opener Graffiti, a neon-inked love-letter to young friendships
Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks
Loose and discursive things appear to discard trains of thought while actually observing some sly inner logic
MC Paul Barman
For those who can tune their ears to it, this is a wild ride
The Irish Times
As ever, though, it's a kick to hear him stack syllables into free-standing Jenga towers
Whenever he begins to touch on anything too personal, controversial, or difficult, Barman retreats, defaulting to his usual irreverent word salad
By boldly pushing the boundaries while also graciously keeping listenability in mind, MC Paul Barman has made a can't miss LP for underground hip-hop fans
A pleasurable and political listen to serve as a reminder for us to stay aware and enjoy life while we’re here
For jazz and funk lovers, it’s a gem
NME describe the 2nd LP from the Melbourne indie rock singer-songwriter as being "dark and melancholy" while Mojo say say it's "warm, honest, awash with tuneage, never corny, and really rather marvellous"
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