22 July 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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Album number six from the Canadian dreamy, bluesy folk trio recorded in France
This new sound of theirs was not just a good move but a great one
Few albums will encapsulate 2017 with such elan. Print edition only
Balancing the political disquiet is a vein of romantic yearning, with Kirk’s plea in “Moment” for “desire deserving of something more” offers a fitting summary of the album as a whole
This 2017 take on Eighties cinematic synth-pop is an unexpected joy in which to relish the impending political slime approaching us
The old school electronica and synth work makes Sincerely, Future Pollution a grand, beautiful, but occasionally uncomfortable listen
The dark absurdity of American politics provides a suitably grim backdrop for the group's fourth album
As its title suggests, Timber Timbre’s latest record is defined by the spectre of romantic decay and geopolitical destruction that looms over it
Threat levels peak on Sewer Blues' ominous, John Carpenter reverberation. Print edition only
Sees Taylor Kirk ceding more creative control to guitarist Simon Trottier and keyboardist Mathieu Charbonneau than on any previous albums, with the result being a shift into electronic and also funk territory
Sincerely, Future Pollution is Timber Timbre's most confident record
These nine songs are at once a throwback to the experimental ’80s and an exciting indication of how Timber Timbre continue to grow
Sincerely, Future Pollution materializes a distinctly '80s coldness, with electric guitar pep-talks aside fuzzy, building synthetics
Kirk's fondness for gloomier realms prevails, especially in his noteworthy wordplay and on the ominously noisy title track. Print edition only
Sincerely, Future Pollution continues to raise the band’s crooked bar.
A sense of surging depravation pervades the entirety of Sincerely, Future Pollution
A great work about a toxic world
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Timber Timbre: Sincerely, Future Pollution
Fresh and forward-looking - vulnerability offset by cheekiness'
What Do You Think About The Car?
Political messages packaged inside great pop songs
It’s got some of his most aerodynamic songs in over a decade, but suffers from redundancy
A summer soul smash. Print edition only
Celebrate their quarter century in seismic style. Print edition only
These immersive 63 minutes mostly ripple with hallucinatory effect, overdubs virtually free of beats. Print edition only
State of the union address from the Montreal sextet. Print edition only
What Do You Think About The Car?
As twinkly-toed as debuts come. Print edition only
Serves up smart, sweet-sounding indie pop music that comes with a well-justified sting
The Irish Times
A thought provoking, powerful record, showcasing Declan's lyrical talent as well as the bands incredible musical ability
This 18-year-old’s politically charged debut is a powerful love letter to the youth
Opening with a rush of pure pop before moving onto more serious topics, McKenna’s debut bursts into life with a point to prove and those aims have certainly been fulfilled
The Line Of Best Fit
Sun-soaked protest songs
A floppy-haired teen singer-songwriter Declan may be - Jake Bugg he’s definitely not
A dense and challenging listen
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