Album Reviews
The Lemonheads - Lovey (30th Anniversary Edition)

The Lemonheads – Lovely (30th Anniversary Edition)

by Chloe Johnson

The precursor to their most successful album It’s A Shame About Ray shines a light on a band at a creative crossroads and on the…

William Basinski – Lamentations

by Matt Cotsell

Undoubtedly a momento mori, a contemplative and unstable paean to the benevolent act of taking domestic solace in retreating

Palace Winter – …Keep Dreaming, Buddy

by Matt Cotsell

To their wonky mixture of homemade electronics and mid ’70s Laurel Canyon folk balladry they’ve this time added a dash of that Arctic sense of...

Nothing But Thieves – Moral Panic

by Chloe Johnson

It’s incredibly easy to get lost in the Essex band’s third album, with its whirlwind wonderland of bittersweet narratives

Bruce Springsteen – Letter To You

by Daniel Paton

A truly collaborative spirit has fuelled the creative process, and the result is a timely and welcome burst of the sheer euphoria that only the...

Songhoy Blues – Optimisme

by Matt Cotsell

More Garageland than Graceland in its approach, the Timbuktu outfit’s third is the sound of turmoil and transitional surroundings

Beabadoobee – Fake It Flowers

by Ben Devlin

A consistent, enjoyable style, a fully-formed persona and catchy tunes which speak to the head and heart

Kevin Morby – Sundowner

by Ross Horton

His Harvest Moon, his Nebraska, his Hejira – a statement of intent made in the quietest way possible

Autechre – Sign

by Ben Devlin

Simply put, no one does electronic music quite like them – we should welcome our admittedly not quite new musical overlords

Katie Melua – Album No 8

by Nick Smith

As she turns the lens on herself, the resulting ethereal set of personal songs heralds the autumn

Annie – Dark Hearts

by Ben Devlin

She back with sleek sophisti-pop and ’80s influences, synths that shine with a fluorescent glow, and unobtrusive beats

Matt Berninger – Serpentine Prison

by Graeme Marsh

An excellent sidestep from The National frontman’s vitally important and highly respected day job

Erland Cooper @ Barbican, London

by Steven Johnson

Selections from his trio of Orkney Islands inspired albums are brought to life in a special show at the Barbican

Emmy The Great – April/月音

by John Murphy

Its quiet, understated nature demonstrates an artist confidently setting off on a new chapter

Machinedrum – A View Of U

by Steven Johnson

A collaboration-rich, accomplished album full of fresh, well-executed ideas, it’s hard not to view it as the most successful instalment in his career to date

The Divine Comedy – Venus, Cupid, Folly & Time

by Alan Ashton-Smith

Epic boxset celebrating Neil Hannon’s 30 year career as a supremely talented songwriter makes for a fascinating listen

Future Islands – As Long As You Are

by Ross Horton

Baltimore heartbreakers provide new ways of looking at old feelings on their sixth album, proving they are one of the world’s most consistently great indie...

Ustad Saami – Pakistan Is For The Peaceful

by Matt Cotsell

The follow-up to God Is Not A Terrorist shares a new musical language that is universal: one of invigorated love, rebelliousness and the bravery of...

Mary Lattimore – Silver Ladders

by Matt Cotsell

Recorded with Neil Halstead, her latest goes some way to appropriate the perception of being wordless, hushed by the beauty of the world we inhabit

Slow Pulp – Moveys

by Graeme Marsh

It may have had a painful journey with hellish events at every turn but this debut is, for the most part, heavenly

Sun Ra Arkestra – Swirling

by Matt Cotsell

A stately and urgent reclamation of intent from all involved, their first studio album in well over 20 years launches the Arkestra to the furthest...