22 October 2018
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Nothing ever disturbs the giddy, uplifting atmosphere of songs that are as euphoric as they are charming
Mid-album, Cherry and Hebden hit a very sweet spot indeed as Natural Skin Deep finally syncs Hebden’s rhythmic dub jazz and Cherry’s pop nous
It’s certainly too damp a squib to break Mø out of her strange forever hinterland of almost-there
It rarely feels forced, and if this is a more poppy record, it’s still MØ’s take on pop
In some ways, this album feels less like a follow up and more like a rebirth. MØ has grown into her own – even if she doesn’t feel like she’s done much growing up
The Line Of Best Fit
Listening to standout tracks such as Nostalgia, Sun In Our Eyes and Way Down, it's quickly clear MØ has refined her sound since her 2014 debut, providing more of what made us love her in the first place
This bold album proves she's much more than someone to lean on
In unapologetically treading her own path, MØ’s beginning to carve a new identity all of her own
Forever Neverland is chock-full of safely idiosyncratic bangers, and never misses a beat. But maybe it could have done with missing a few
The slight rasp of her singing voice adds to the perception that she isn’t aiming for chart-topping perfection but attempting something more interesting, and better
The latest misfire in an oddly underwhelming solo career
She may marry her newfound competence with her earlier creativity in the future. Until then, there's enough good work on Us to suggest Empress Of's best work is still ahead of her
Under The Radar
Broken Politics doesn’t claim to hold the answers to repairing the fractures of the world, but Neneh Cherry nails the strange sensation of searching around for them anyway
If this is a present for fans then you have to wonder what these long-suffering people have done to deserve such a fate
On her second album, the Austin singer-songwriter strengthens her voice and broadens her perspective, turning her gaze from romance to a more nuanced view of her own anxieties.
"MassEducation hangs together better than its predecessor" - TLoBF's verdict on the acoustic version of the 2017 album MASSEDUCTION while The Irish Times say it "sheds light on Clark as an artist "
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