26 September 2016
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Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
I Had A Dream That You Were Mine
The majority of I Had A Dream just doesn’t stick as deep, brushing past in a breeze of strained vocals and intricate arrangements
A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings
If MSN and its screen-names were still a thing in 2016, it would be awash with Beach Slang lyrics
Amidst the noises and hit-and-miss spoken word passages, there’s a good record bubbling inside ‘Blood Bitch’
Splendor and Misery
The literal exploration on show is magnificent in its own strange way
Young as the Morning Old as the Sea
An album so dull that your music listening device will put itself to sleep, not believing anyone could actually choose to listen to it
Yet another stellar album that cements her as one of our generation’s greatest singer/songwriters
Cymbals Eat Guitars
D’Agostino’s refusal to be anything less than intimate and incisive is as much a part of Cymbals Eat Guitars as their dedication to the guitar as something to be treasured
Sputnik Music (staff)
The fun is infectious and endless
Between, and even within tracks, the mood can shift, and the piercing production can sneak up on you like a jump scare
It sounds like Loveless has found herself, somewhere between traditional country and '70s pop rock
Under The Radar
Warpaint deliver their dream-rock mysticism with such chill confidence and casual concision you almost miss all the different sounds they pull together
Jenny Hval remains one of the most powerful, honest and funny performers working in music today, and this dissection of her self and her work is fascinating to the point of obsession
The Line Of Best Fit
A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings
Beach Slang's earnest angst still makes for an excellent group therapy session
A Corpse Wired For Sound
They've gotten a little more earnest and shoot for a bigger sound. It's a mixed bag, but it's hard to hate them for it
Bass and sass-heavy dance tunes that occasionally stall out at their peaks
PopMatters suggest that with their third studio album the LA-based indie art rock four-piece "may have crafted their best album yet". The Arts Desk think that "now they seem so comfortable with what they do"
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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
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Carrie & Lowell
No Cities To Love
Let England Shake