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Strand of Oaks - Eraserland (Album Review)

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Strand of Oaks’ sixth album, ‘Eraserland’, could in another world easily be termed My Morning Jacket’s eighth. Each member of the veteran Kentucky indie-rock band, bar frontman Jim James, has suited up to back Tim Showalter here, and it’s a timely proposition if ever there was one.

American Football - American Football (Album Review)

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After releasing their self-titled debut album in 1999, and promptly splitting up, American Football became a cultural touchstone. They were synonymous with the intelligent side of emo, having created a template that would be imitated throughout the new millennium: complex, intertwining guitar parts, unconventional rhythms, and melodramatic lyrics that chronicled heartbreak and uncertainty with a sort of smug collegiate literariness.

Weezer - Weezer (The Black Album) (Album Review)

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Photo: Shawn Murphy

Discussions of Weezer’s recent work have tended towards the philosophical, and perhaps also the overly kind. Are we being trolled? Is this a sort of exercise in performance art? Or, in reality, are we simply seeing a once beloved rock band flounder as they head towards the twilight of their career? ‘The Black Album’, their 13th LP, almost aggressively plays into this dynamic with a slate of songs that alternately feel tossed off and self-involved.

Gesaffelstein - Hyperion (Album Review)

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When Kanye West recruited Gesaffelstein to produce on his iconic ‘Yeezus’ LP a little over five years ago, we watched as a powerful new energy was awoken in the French producer. Soon after, he translated that into the menacing power of his debut, ‘Aleph’.

Stella Donnelly - Beware of the Dogs (Album Review)

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Photo: Pooneh Ghana

Stella Donnelly’s bite is far worse than her bark. On her debut album, ‘Beware of the Dogs’ some scathing remarks—mostly focusing on inequality, sexual misconduct and toxic masculinity—are tied up neatly in sickly sweet melodies.

Foals - Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost - Part 1 (Album Review)

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Some 11 years on from the release of their debut, there’s still a crackling sense of excitement around a new Foals album. This year, that buzz will be doubled. ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost - Part 1’ is the first of two collections the band are set to release in 2019 (numbers five and six in their discography) after an abundance of ideas were developed during a year in the studio.

Sigrid - Sucker Punch (Album Review)

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Now that the initial frenzy around Sigrid's terrific, groundbreaking singles—Strangers and Don’t Kill My Vibe—has died down, we have her debut full-length album, ‘Sucker Punch’, to consider.

Solange - When I Get Home (Album Review)

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Reminiscing on her formative years, discovering self, music and style, Solange Knowles has crafted ‘When I Get Home’, a love letter to her hometown, Houston. Mood-boarding intimate influences and inspirations, in both sound and cinema, this 19 track compendium arrived spanning both mediums alongside a stunning short film.

Dido - Still on My Mind (Album Review)

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For Brits of a certain age, Dido’s music represents a particular sense of time and space. The late ‘90s was a period of intense, outward-looking optimism and, though the brilliance of Britpop was fading, even easy-listening pop acts like Dido seemed to have a high degree of creative integrity.

Pond - Tasmania (Album Review)

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With their eighth release, Australian psych-rock collective Pond attempt to finally rid themselves of the stylistic associations with former member, and Tame Impala leader, Kevin Parker that have coloured their previous efforts.

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