26 November 2020
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Billie Joe Armstrong
No Fun Mondays
They range from the interesting to the flat out redundant
The Arts Desk
The Green Day frontman lends a punk spin to classics from Billy Bragg, John Lennon and Prince, while throwing in hidden gems from his record collection
Megan Thee Stallion
Not only does Megan’s music empower her fans, but her technical ability and versatility as an artist also shines throughout the release
Longstreth’s delegation of creative control to help bring each new member’s own artistry to the band – which at times was considered a solo project – speaks volumes about the respect, integrity and experience that holds Dirty Projectors in great stead for what’s yet to come even so deep into their career
Bridgers’ EP both evoked an emotional response in me and fit the setting I was in – and this is more than enough to make Copycat Killer a noteworthy standalone release
Beats Per Minute
Punisher revamps with added Rob Moose strings
The Smashing Pumpkins
It’s difficult to really tap into the heart of ‘Cyr’
Frontman Billy Corgan has been open about his desire to craft a "contemporary" record. He gets his wish – relentlessly – in the band's third decade together
Choice cuts from one of the best albums of 2020 undergo a stunning makeover in collaboration with string player Rob Moose, becoming even more magical
Most of the material just hovers around the same tempo, tone, lyrical style and sound dynamics, robbing the listener of any sort of emotional peaks or valleys that are so important when floating a double album
An unexpectedly clumsy release and often fails to spotlight the subtitles that brought its tracklist close to excellence
Sputnik Music (staff)
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
At a time when everyone is stuck at home, facing uncertainty, grief, and loss, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have given something special to the world: the ability for fans to connect, and to (virtually) travel the world alongside the band’s diverse musical influences
Under The Radar
Phoebe Bridgers’ powers continue to grow on an EP that expands more than it explores
The Line Of Best Fit
A bittersweet treat to enjoy on these dark, cold nights - ideally in your skeleton onesie
Like Holkham Drones, the masterful 2011 album which garnered Abbott global recognition, Translate is meditative, vital, and expertly crafted electronic music
Loud And Quiet
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DIY reckon the the New Zealand alt pop artist Stella Rose Bennett is "on to a winner" with her debut album while Vinyl Chapters say it's "a confident and versatile record that BENEE should be proud of"
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
Fetch The Bolt Cutters
D'Angelo And The Vanguard
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
Rough and Rowdy Ways
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
Run The Jewels