Album Reviews
Cabaret Voltaire - Shadow Of Fear

Cabaret Voltaire – Shadow Of Fear

by Nicoletta Wylde

If anxiety has a musical partner, it’s very much electronica, as evidenced by a well-rounded release from a very much missed set of geniuses

The Cribs – Night Network

by Tim Lee

As belligerently brilliant as could be hoped for, 12 more assertions of greatness from a band who you really should like

Ana Roxanne – Because Of A Flower

by Matt Cotsell

The Californian ambient musician has made seven transcendentally harmonious pieces that recall the intense delight of cool precipitation upon prickly skin

Luke Abbott – Translate

by Matt Cotsell

Following recent setbacks in his personal life, this is, for all intensive purposes, his impression of a breakup record

Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas – III

by Ben Devlin

With calm, unintrusive and balearic instrumentation, this is a gentle, chilled LP perfectly suited for background listening

King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard – K.G.

by Matt Cotsell

Strip away the adornments of genre and the graphic kookiness and this band will supply a cave full of treasures

AC/DC – Power Up

by Graeme Marsh

Be thankful for the miraculous return of these masters of sleaze-rock. They do their thing, and it works

Benee – Hey U X

by John Murphy

The Supalonely star’s debut album, featuring guest spots from Grimes and Lily Allen, is full of poise and confidence

Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Songs From The Kitchen Disco

by Nick Smith

Outstanding retrospective reminds us why the kitchen disco queen is a much-loved and respected artist

Molchat Doma – Monument

by Matt Cotsell

The Belarus band are having a blast proving themselves to be a more than an entertaining chip off the old Bloc

Swans – Children Of God

by Matt Cotsell

The 1987 album that marked a turning point for the band gets a reissue, showcasing the increasing influence of singer Jarboe

Faten Kanaan – A Mythology Of Circles

by Matt Cotsell

An astonishing work rife with poetic references to folklore, science, nature and fate

Camila Fuchs – Kids Talk Sun

by Matt Cotsell

An extrasensory gift of a record, one that is affectionate, woozy and a comforting delight

Marika Hackman – Covers

by Matt Cotsell

Picking over the bones of her recent musical fascinations, some daunting works form this selection of sombre interpretations

Beyries – Encounter

by Chris White

The Montrealer’s journey of self-discovery through music, touring, and the people she met along the way feels like a deliberate shift in direction

Seamus Fogarty – A Bag Of Eyes

by Lewis Oxley

The London-based Irish songwriter’s follow-up to 2017’s The Curious Hour

Tunng – Tunng presents… Dead Club

by Ben Hogwood

Their darkest album to date is arguably their finest too, covering all the twists and turns of grief

Eels – Earth To Dora

by Ben Hogwood

An album notable for its warmth, using music as the ideal weapon with which to confront anxiety and hardship

Ólafur Arnalds – Some Kind Of Peace

by Chris White

Half-written prior to lockdown and completed as the pandemic took hold, this music is peaceful, contemplative and imbued with a real sense of isolation

Amy Macdonald – The Human Demands

by Chloe Johnson

The singer-songwriter reconnects with her indie roots on an album that works best when it’s a microscopic look at humanity

Kylie Minogue – Disco

by Nick Smith

An uplifting set that pays genuine homage to carefree nights at the disco with gusto, charm and flair