26 April 2019
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On this excellent record, she maps a route forward. Print edition only
The Mountain Goats
In League With Dragons
Despite the glistening production and seamless craft of it all, his wired intensity is often missed. Print edition only
Her writing is as rich as ever but it’s SOAK sense of boldness on Grim Town that feels like major step on her creative odyssey
The Irish Times
In the End
With a final impact, the Cranberries end their 30-year story with a last goodbye to O'Riordan and their faithful fans in mourning
A singular talent, Harding seems to have hit her stride on album number three, and while the darkness of previous efforts is still pervasive, Designer feels like a summer record, though it's probably best suited for dusk
Oh My God
The highlights represent some of Morby's most focused and wizened work yet
With its mix of catchy and moving songs, an artful structure, and a way with words, Grim Town delivers a piece of Zeitgeist as well as a solid set of tunes
There are definite moments of strength and potential, especially in her maturing production, though a few strong trees don’t make a forest.
It’s an incisive album about the prevailing mood of the moment: anxiety. The lyrics might be grim, but the music encourages us to stick it out
A breath of fresh air in a time dense with noise and algorithmic hiss, this is an open-hearted deep dive into Aldous Harding’s colourful imagination
The American songwriter questions it all on his divine fifth album, a remarkable achievement that may serve as a companion and guide in tough times
I Need A New War
Regardless of the song or sentiment, Finn's skill for detail never wavers. In that, I Need A New War ranks among his best
Grim Town is a concept in itself: it is a fictitious location, an embodiment of feeling that has been brought to life by the sentiment and memory that revolve around it
In shying away from sad grandeur and big ballads, Finn has drawn the curtains more than ever before on his weary inner world
Suffers from overly polished production, obscuring the emotional heft of her lyricism
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"She's the electric, complex pop star that the world needs" - NME's take on the third album from the alternative hip-hop artist Melissa Jefferson. The Line Of Best Fit say it's "Lizzo’s declaration of superstardom"
Since we've been around, that is. So, the highest-rated albums from the past eight years or so. Rankings are calculated to two decimal places.
To Pimp A Butterfly
D'Angelo And The Vanguard
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
You Want It Darker
Carrie & Lowell
A Crow Looked at Me