1 September 2016
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On Prima Donna he stares down his survivor's guilt with black humor and black rage
Individually, all of the songs are strong, self-contained bits of cleverly written and emotionally gripping indie rock. Yet in setting her most urgent and distorted tracks against those that require the most patience or attention makes each stronger
This is shrewd, layered music that demands the songs be mulled over and scrutinized; even if that may not provide answers to questions McCombs poses
The record is an upbeat affair that’s more preoccupied with roads not taken—and the people encountered along the way—than emotional catharsis
The craft is strong and Walker seems so eager to sound like a rock star that you just might mistake him for the real thing
You’ll just go with the flow and appreciate the sheer songcraft of a journeyman who could probably release an album as solid as this every year without breaking a sweat
Anthemic sing-along choruses about boys and girls in America
Consequence Of Sound
John Paul White
If Beulah is any indication, John Paul White sounds best when he’s making music on precisely his own terms
Melodies take longer to reveal themselves and choruses don’t have the natural hooks Loveless has crafted before
These songs are so powerfully melodic, it’s difficult not to get swept into the world of an artist who is more than ready for her time in the spotlight
At 72, Jeff Beck continues to push the envelope and stays as edgy and restless as those less than half his age
Love & Hate
It’s intimate and sprawling, personal and universal, affectionate and daring
Takes a turn for the reflective, and it's a turn that pays out big
Oozes unhurried glamour and moments of sweeping grandeur
Consequence Of Sound
While My Woman may not be as powerful as Burn Your Fire for No Witness, it draws its strength from its creator’s sheer temerity to so drastically change course
"A Gorillaz-like smorgasbord of multi-genred guest stars and resultant jam sessions" The Music's take on the 9th LO from the New York hip hop trio. The Skinny say it's "exhausting, ridiculous and full of life"
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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
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Carrie & Lowell
No Cities To Love
Let England Shake
My Bloody Valentine