21 April 2018
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What initially appears whimsical and slight becomes more charming with each spin
Something new on every listen
It doesn’t always quite hit those high notes, but the pair have set out to create a sometimes elusive feeling of connection
Taylor sounds pretty emotional, a sadness underscoring his signature vocals throughout
A Perfect Circle
Eat The Elephant
That nothing here much resembles the band’s heyday hits is theoretically admirable; this is not the work of a lazy nostalgia act. But as end-of-the-world music goes, it’s more whimper than bang
Sonder is a logical next step for TesseracT, one that stands on par with anything they've previously released, yet evidences more authority, musical restlessness, and sonic multi-dimensionality than anything in their previous catalog
Old Crow Medicine Show
Old Crow Medicine Show feel focused and fully realized, as if they're just hitting their stride after two decades in the business
Like Hermits on Holiday, it's first-rate experimental rock made by two musicians with interesting, complicated ideas and the skills to bring them to life
They continue to set themselves apart from their modern prog metal counterparts with Sonder, continuing a confident push into quieter spaces
Too dislocated and confused to warrant unpicking
This album adds yet further lustre to the burgeoning catalogue of a band that seems utterly incapable of making anything even resembling a wrong step
A stout following will linger on something like atmospherics only so long before they start to yearn for something more
Sputnik Music (staff)
Somewhat of an artefact of a time forgotten with some good songs, some truly horrible ones, and some that just don’t seem possible
One of his most evocative and ambitious so far
Poor by most standards, not just for seasoned pros like Le Bon and Presley
"It's surely the party of the year" - The Skinny's verdict on the debut LP from the Melbourne-based dance-pop quartet while The Guardian say it's "a sophisticated and skilful distillation of dance-pop joy"
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