28 October 2021
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Sonically and lyrically, an absolute gem
Taken in total, FUTURE PAST comfortably sits next to any of its fourteen predecessors regarding its superlative sense of pop experimentation. And just like any of those previous affairs, FUTURE PAST is the right Duran Duran record for this moment
Shouty Japanese pop-punk quartet Chai guest on wonderfully bleepy “More Joy!”, Giorgio Moroder assists with the thrilling digital disco of “Beautiful Lies”, Bowie’s pianist Mike Garson guests on the elegant ballad “Falling”, while producer Erol Alkan adds a dancefloor-friendly sheen to proceedings. Print edition only
Frothy, neon-soaked entertainment, ‘Future Past’ – when it works – is a blast of ridiculous 80s themed fun
There are more than enough highs to satisfy both fans and casual admirers, while the lows are not quite low enough to founder the project
Duran Duran are taking some calculated risks here which sometimes means they stumble - occasionally, the ballads feel a shade strident - but the restlessness makes for a kinetic, exciting album.
It’s a little loose, a little shaggy, and sometimes simply unimaginative or rote, but it also provides an intriguing glimpse into the archives of one our most beguiling artists
Beats Per Minute
The War On Drugs
I Don't Live Here Anymore
The War on Drugs continue to make the classic feel timeless and the earnest feel earned
Every Time I Die
The record is simply overflowing with songs, moments, lyrics, riffs that are absurdly memorable
It requires some stamina to piggyback on the white-hot anger that surges from 'Radical', but if you stick with it, then it's one hell of a ride
Not every single one of these 16 tracks is totally essentially considering their already-enormous discography, but anyone who wants less Every Time I Die is quite simply a fool – especially when the band are on such blistering form as they are here
Rather than fix what isn't broken, Radical finds the group doubling down and levelling-up their expansive, swaggering metalcore in every way possible
In refusing to fix what ain't broke, ETID prove themselves once more as the reigning king of their peculiar, blood-splattered bouncy-castle
Sputnik Music (staff)
Every Time I Die flourish in sharp and beautiful chaos, and 'Radical' is a fiery and flawless adventure that is entirely worth the visit
Music Of The Spheres
Coldplay’s potential to make compelling pop-rock has been usurped by expensive production that sounds like an end to its own means
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"A masterclass in all that Parquet Courts have to offer" - Upset's take on the 7th LP from the Brooklyn garage rock / post-punk. Dork say they "know how to transform absurdism into something pulsatingly alive"
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
We’re All Alone In This Together
Rough and Rowdy Ways
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds