23 January 2019
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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Hit single packed dance pop debut
Gaga claims to head a Warholian factory of outré creatives intent on an art-glam takeover of pop.
Lady GaGa looks to have hit the jackpot here with her blend of sassy attitude, metallic beats and sharp, incisive songwriting.
A solid dance album—and, really, when you’re in the middle of your favorite nightclub at 2 a.m. in the morning, dancing like there’s no tomorrow, isn’t that all that matters?
New York gal Lady GaGa writes hits for Pussycat Dolls and Britney among others, and this debut sees her emphatically getting a piece of her own action and setting the pop pace for the rest.
A more interesting Gwen Stefani, a more hungry Madonna and a protégée of Akon — not for nothing has the former Stefani Germanotta been widely heralded as the future of shiny American pop.
This may make Lady GaGa the perfect person to soundtrack a generation that seeks fame as an end in itself.
This is what happens when hyperbole from the misguided conspires with the sales gap that is January to make something look even bigger than it actually is.
Lady Gaga: The Fame
Buke And Gase
You will love this album. Maybe you will. Maybe you won't. But maybe you will
A strange and fidgety album that is guaranteed to evade umbrella classification
Sputnik Music (staff)
While there are some decent enough ideas to be enjoyed on Buke and Gase's latest studio album, it's ultimately a rather flat listen that doesn't challenge anywhere near enough as it should
Buke And Gase
There are moments on Scholars where Buke and Gase are clearly still finding their feet in their new electronic landscapes, but the album is an ambitious and adventurous set of music that's every bit as engaged as anything they've ever released
BAG's core values remain intact, but it's an exhilarating advance. Print edition only
One of the most inventive and original-sounding artists out there
The oddball duo of Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez rage in a noise-rock playground, sometimes using instruments handmade in Sanchez's workshop. Amid the racket, Dyer's yearning gives political screeds the intimacy of a lover's spat. Print edition only
The Brooklynites fizz with undimmed hallucinogenic effervescence on a third album that could credibly pass as some warped relic issuing from a future civilisation
The Line Of Best Fit
The experimental pop duo (mostly) puts down their namesake instruments to fold more electronic elements into their potent songs
Pedro The Lion
There's still a lot of soul-searching at mournful tempos, but reconnecting to his roots has made for a fine set of songs. Print edition only
This is no desperate grab at nostalgia, then, rather a chronicle of important personal moments reexamined through the lens of time. Print edition only
A tender examination of the cyclical nature of our lives
A return to form for Bazan. But honestly, the man has been a roll as of late. Between this, his 2017 solo album Care, and Lo Tom, Phoenix is the best album out of the bunch
Older, wiser, and still passionate, Phoenix is a worthy continuation of Pedro the Lion's legacy with just enough spirit to set it apart from his 2010s solo work
In place of innovation, though, we get an album that begs to be dissected, teeming with life and rich detail – one that sounds exactly like what the Pedro the Lion of 2019 should sound
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