17 February 2019
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The centrepiece Post-Blue is a creepy, falsetto-drenched melodrama that suggests even better to come
There’s definitely a perfect time and place for these songs — the classiest of musical wallpapers
Head Above Water
The album’s enervating emotional drama makes this comeback heavy going
It’s such a enjoyable comeback that you really don’t want it to end
Head Above Water
The album is designed to offer solace while also being a rallying call. Inspirational music, in other words
A welcome return, Ladytron is a remarkably consistent and engaging album that befits the band's status as synth pop veterans
Even when a surplus of synthesizers, organs, and flame-throwing guitars threaten to overtake her elsewhere, she cuts straight through with full-tilt, life-affirming power
His trademark vocal delivery of smooth and borderline erotic whispers and coos sound distant, as if Segar himself wasn't fully committed to what's coming out of his mouth
Under The Radar
An accomplished return, and a welcome and relatable one for these dismal times
Pays respect to Khan’s funk and disco heydays, drawing a through-line via modern production’s showy window dressing
At just seven tracks, ‘Hello Happiness’ could have felt like a tentative return. Instead, the less-is-more approach feels measured, and while not every track is a bona fide hitter, it’s still an album that delivers highlights with little filler
Loud And Quiet
Pure escapism certainly has its place in these uncertain times
The Arts Desk
Dutifully showcases her impeccable talent, the album itself doesn’t quite rise to her level of greatness
RY X is a talented guy with a singular vision, but ‘Unfurl’’s title is misleading - it’s a little too tentative to have fully done so
Staying true to his vulnerability, it outlines the growth of an artist sculpting himself into something new
"It’s gorgeous" - The Guardian's verdict on the second album from the former Talk Talk bassist Paul Webb while PopMatters say it's "mesmeric in its idiosyncratic splendor"
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