Album Reviews
Drab City - Good Songs For Bad People

Drab City – Good Songs For Bad People

by Chris White

Distinctive, confidently crafted record from San Fransisco duo that is both woozily freeform and tightly honed

GoGo Penguin – GoGo Penguin

by Chris White

The trio’s fifth album showcases their ability to juxtapose the organic with the futuristic

LA Priest – GENE

by Ben Hogwood

Former Late Of The Pier man Sam Eastgate’s second album intrigues and subtly inspires

Blancmange – Mindset

by Ben Hogwood

The eighth album in nine years from Neil Arthur finds him at the peak of his creative powers

Hinds – The Prettiest Curse

by Ross Horton

Is it possible for a band to be prescribed by the NHS? Spain’s sunniest rock band are a total antidote

Jennifer Touch – Behind The Wall

by Ross Horton

An unashamedly retro-fetishistic record, made with love and sincerity, a tribute to the joys of the dark side

Run The Jewels – RTJ4

by Ben Devlin

Speaking about the rot at the core of the USA for their whole careers, with this album they add to a rich canon of protest...

Brigid Mae Power – Head Above The Water

by Steven Johnson

Ten songs of unflinching honesty and soul-baring introspection from the Irish folk singer

Sports Team – Deep Down Happy

by Ross Horton

Light, springy, wordy indie rock of the finest quality, fulfilling the criteria needed to qualify as a has-been band in the making

Modern Nature – Annual

by Graeme Marsh

A stop-gap mini-album recorded in a pre-pandemic world suggests a creator getting closer to his core

Sarah Jarosz – World On The Ground

by Steven Johnson

Jarosz’s fifth album presents songs with an air of country or bluegrass, without being constrained or defined by these genres

Roly Porter – Kistvaen

by Chris White

Dense, portentous walls of sound conjure windswept, rugged landscapes – and impending doom

Janet Devlin – Confessional

by Nick Smith

An honest, brave and knowing cathartic journey, dealing with addiction, self-harm, religion and sexuality

Diplo – Diplo Presents Thomas Wesley, Chapter 1: Snake Oil

by Ben Devlin

Perfectly pleasant songwriting, but attempts at countrified genre-bending do not always work

Jade Hairpins – Harmony Avenue

by Sam Shepherd

Absolutely crammed with positivity, this is an album we need right now

Teddy Thompson – Heartbreaker Please

by John Murphy

Timeless, classic-sounding pop with wry, bittersweet lyrics centred on heartbreak

Lady Gaga – Chromatica

by Nick Smith

Engaging slaps and dancefloor empowerment: she’s back, with her bangers intact

Sébastien Tellier – Domesticated

by Ben Devlin

A blissful trip, managing the enviable feat of being inventive and comforting at the same time

Erland Cooper – Hether Blether

by Alan Ashton-Smith

The final piece of his Orcadian trilogy, following Solan Goose and Sule Skerry

Nicole Atkins – Italian Ice

by Ross Horton

A flawless thing of subtle beauty backed by a dream team of superlative musical talents

Psychic Markers – Psychic Markers

by Graeme Marsh

Their third album reshapes the band’s sound, going against conventional song structures and striking out in a new direction