30 March 2017
Here's how it works: The Recent Releases chart brings together critical reaction to new albums from more than 50 sources worldwide. It's updated daily. Albums qualify with 5 reviews, and drop out after 6 weeks into the longer timespan charts.
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Emperor of Sand
Mastodon are one of the most reliable, consistent bands still pushing the boundaries of what prog rock and heavy metal can be
Sputnik Music (staff)
The band maintain their impeccable standards for muscular riffage and structural sophistication. Print edition only
Challenging, complex material. Print edition only
Emperor of Sand
This is Mastodon rediscovering both their edge and their emotional resonance. Print edition only
Even its standout arrangements—and there are many of them—can’t help but conjure previous ones
The band make a welcome return to emotionally complex music
A huge undertaking, a staggering achievement. You need this
What’s perhaps most remarkable is the fact that each player has a distinctive voice, and with the ear able to discern and separate the parts, it creates an eerie space in which the listener can move around in
Jo Bevan declaims like Siouxsie leading The Smiths. Print edition only
A personal diary magnified to the scale of an IMAX screen. Print edition only
The White brothers discover where their symbiotic psych rock goes when it has more space, more range, and more fidelity
It ultimately feels underpowered owing to the lack of bass and deliberately sparse lo-fi production values
Whether avidly absorbing its every nuance or simply letting the whole thing wash over you, it’s an impressive statement of intent
Like a pair of cloaked wizards, they summon shimmering, ambient passages and transform them into riffy storms of layered, kaleidoscopic instrumental
Loud And Quiet
As in good short stories, every element in her songs works to support a single theme
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The Music reckon the latest release from the Toronto rapper is "a must listen" while CoS say it's "the first record of Drake’s astronomically self-absorbed career to put music first"
Since we've been around, that is. So, the highest-rated albums from the past seven 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
A Crow Looked at Me
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
You Want It Darker
Carrie & Lowell