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Banks - III (Album Review)

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‘III’, Banks’ appropriately titled third album, has been a short while in the making but feels like the culmination of the songwriter’s more ambitious work to this point. Five years since the release of her debut LP 'Goddess' the LA artist has shifted direction within her sound, infusing her synth-heavy trip-pop aesthetic with a jaded sense of heartbreak, maturity and raw passion.

Frightened Rabbit - Tiny Changes: A Celebration of The Midnight Organ Fight (Album Review)

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Our assorted relationships with the songs we love are destined to change dramatically over time. But not always like this.

New Order - ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) (Album Review)

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New Order’s new live album is taken from a performance at 2017’s Manchester International Festival. The show was a collaboration with conceptual artist Liam Gillick and featured songs from their 30 year catalogue, alongside tracks by the group’s precursor, Joy Division. 

Bleached - Don't You Think You've Had Enough? (Album Review)

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Bleached’s return is powered by a desire for change. ‘Don’t You Think You’ve Had Enough?’ is the first album that the sisters Clavin, Jennifer and Jessica, have recorded since deciding to get sober, and it’s also a bold attempt to fashion their winningly bratty brand of garage-rock into more expressive, sophisticated shapes.

Ed Sheeran - No.6 Collaborations Project (Album Review)

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Ed Sheeran’s fourth studio album takes its title from an EP he made eight years ago, pre-superstardom. As he noted on Instagram: “Before I was signed in 2011, I made an EP called No.5 Collaborations Project. Since then, I've always wanted to do another, so I started No.6 on my laptop when I was on tour last year.”

The Black Keys - Let's Rock (Album Review)

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After five years of side projects and production work, the Black Keys reconvened at Dan Auerbach’s Nashville studio to lay down album number nine. In a return to the ways of old, ‘Let’s Rock’ found Auerbach and Patrick Carney building songs from scratch through riffing and jamming together, the chemistry of their reconnection driving them on after a lengthy hiatus following the Danger Mouse-produced ‘Turn Blue’ in 2014.

Baroness - Gold & Grey (Album Review)

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It’s true that any album exists as a reflection of time and place—both who the musicians were when they recorded the thing, and what was happening on the other side of the soundproofed walls—but few capture that sensation quite like Baroness’s ‘Purple’ did.

Thom Yorke - Anima (Album Review)

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In the ‘90s and ‘00s, Radiohead were probably the world’s best rock band. Capable of generation-defining stadium bangers alongside heavily experimental sound happenings, the Oxford natives managed to maintain a stunning degree of creative integrity at a time when their contemporaries were falling over each other to sell out. ‘Anima’ is Thom Yorke’s third solo album, and it’s easily his most accomplished to date. Arguably, it’s his best work since Radiohead’s ‘In Rainbows’.

Two Door Cinema Club - False Alarm (Album Review)

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You might remember Two Door Cinema Club from such angular refrains as What You Know and Undercover Martyn, from their debut LP, ‘Tourist History’, or even the earworms Sun and Handshake from the early 2010s. 

Titus Andronicus - An Obelisk (Album Review)

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After last year’s quiet curveball, ‘A Productive Cough’, it was natural to wonder whether the hell-raising Titus Andronicus of old was gone for good. For years, the New Jersey punks had produced some of the finest, smartest, most energising music around, and while that sedate, open-ended bar band offering was certainly intriguing, it lacked the magic that so many had grown to love.

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