16 August 2018
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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Third studio album from the New York rapper with guest appearances from FKA twigs, French Montana, Juicy J, Kid Cudi, Kodak Black, Moby, Frank Ocean, Skepta
The Harlem rapper's latest is loud, frenetic, and about as vibrant as hip-hop gets
Sonically, Testing is an experimental project. A shedding of the 29-year-old artist's old skin and a rebirth of something more profound and slightly more complicated
On his third studio album, Rocky is more experimental and personal. But for music that relies on the New York rapper’s artful intuitions, it’s unfortunate his intuitions are often very basic
An intriguing mix of garbled white noise and amp interference interspersed with splashes of instrumentals and a smattering of A-list features
ASAP Rocky takes to more experimentation in his music to match up with his style of fashion
Testing is what it says it is, though this far into his career, he should be doing better than merely a passing grade
The rapper’s aversion to the mainstream takes his third album to some glorious heights, with the help of Skepta and Frank Ocean. But is his swaggering decadence wearing thin?
Testing’s title might suggest experimentation, but it delivers more on tentativeness, with a smattering of solid songs mixed into aesthetically interesting but unresolved experiments
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There are enough good songs to give Queen a pass, but if it’s going to be 19 tracks, it needs to be more consistently awesome. Quality over quantity, please – life is short!
Death Cab For Cutie
Thank You for Today
Hopefully, there's more energy moving forward but all in all, Thank You for Today is a record we should be thankful has blossomed into existence, especially on the heels of how relatable it can be
By turns beguiling and unnerving, at times it feels like an exercise in disorientation. Print edition only
felicita's hej! demonstrates harmony through cultural hybridity, asserting a necessary post-Brexit statement
It's vulnerable and melancholic, but doesn't neglect the anarchic fun that the label has been built around. hej! is one of PC Music's most well-rounded records yet
Hej! marks an evolution for felicita and, by extension, PC Music. It is a big twist away from tongue in cheek nature for which they are at times dismissed.
The Line Of Best Fit
It is a hodgepodge of tracks, seemingly made with little thought to how they will all sound in sequence, and because of this it doesn’t have much more consistency than an eclectic music collection on shuffle. Which is a shame, because there are good ideas here
It’s an album that shows the past and the future of this artist, and it’s one that seems to have boundaries well beyond the usual fare that we hear from PC Music
Whether Nicki Minaj is the rightful queen of rap is up for debate, but the album, despite having several songs that were more filler than functional ("Sir," "Majesty," "Chun Swae"), highlights her ability to adapt to an ever-changing sonic landscape
Don't let that cover art fool you, Oh Sees aren't going metal, but they are jamming out
Nearer My God
Foxing continue to stand above many of their contemporaries, never shying away from using exactly the instrument needed to make the moment memorable
YG’s third full-length mainly concerns itself on displaying the rapper’s pop instincts in both sound and technique
Oh Sees are a well-oiled machine, but that machine looks more like a conveyor belt with each release
Loud And Quiet
There’s enough going on in the grooves of Smote Reverser to satisfy your psych and/or prog urges for the foreseeable future, let alone in the few months it’ll take Dwyer to follow it up
When Dwyer steeps the prog in garage frenzy, the pot boils. Print edition only
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