25 October 2014
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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After releasing four EPs this is the debut album from the math rock Chicago four-piece
This album is completely new, having been dragged from their metal influences through the lightening and pop influences to create one of the most perfect albums I have heard in a long time. An absolutely stunning album
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A new found sense of direction and a grandiose vision that stretches farther than the confines of math-rock ever could
Perch Patchwork almost leaves the flashy musicianship entirely behind; when it is there, it puts it to good use-- here they turn their quirks into something diverse and accessible
Recalls Talking Heads and TV on the Radio, lightening any dark subject matter with twitchy bursts of colour
A daring, auspicious album that puts a welcome pop spin on the band’s vibrant, eclectic sound.
It may not have the heavy-weight swing of some, but it is a refreshing and confident debut to say the least.
With a little more restraint, this could have been an outstanding album
Maps & Atlases have their own quirks that makes their album Perch Patchwork stand out somewhat from other records of its ilk
Those seeking greater musical challenges will probably want to look elsewhere, but there is much here to praise and enjoy
The experimental rhythms and sounds that provide the backbone can be as cloying as they are interesting, but the continual desire to do something different is always laudable
Ultimately Perch Patchwork has some good pieces that just don’t combine to make a great album
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Maps & Atlases: Perch Patchwork
Ware may convince most listeners during more brooding, sensual moments. "Sweetest Song" and the title track, in particular, provide dark canvases on which she splashes genuine flourishes of emotion.
Under The Radar
Wait 'Til Night
An impressively marshalled mix of seductive vocals, nocturnal beats, deep bass and siren-like hooks
An unexpected pleasure. Print edition only
It aims for the timeless feel of a late-'60s Rolling Stones album. Print edition only
The Twilight Sad
Nobody Wants To Be Here & Nobody Wants To Leave
Rekindles the dark brooding of the first two albums. Print edition only
.5: The Gray Chapter
There is life left in the nine-headed beast. Print edition only
For those yet to experience Reich's unique soundscape, this is as good a place to start as any. Print edition only
Pour It On
Blissed-out serenity is Pour It On's primary mood. Print edition only
A largely electronic affair. Print edition only
Plowing Into the Field of Love
Very much an acquired taste. Print edition only
As restful as it is restless. Print edition only
Justin Townes Earle
It's been a rocky road but maybe he's finally home. Print edition only
If you can cope with the extreme twee, ‘Heartleap’ is a diamond
It's A Pleasure
What makes it delightful is the tension between Dury’s dull, wistful delivery and co-singer Fabienne Debarre’s light, catchy chorus melodies
Throughout, the sense of a man finding his own path is convincing. Print edition only
"Wonderful, head-razing stuff": Crack's verdict on the collaboration between the veteran singer and the experimental metal band while Clash say it's "an uneasy, intuitive, idiosyncratic masterpiece"
Since we've been around, that is. So, the highest-rated albums from the past five years 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
good kid, m.A.A.d city