25 November 2017
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The Greatest Gift
Works best as a companion piece to Carrie & Lowell, a variation that offers a different spin on its themes, but it's also a powerful and absorbing work in its own right, and fans of Stevens' work will appreciate it
That this “mixtape” selection of out-takes, remixes and demos succeeds so well is tribute both to the sensitivity of the remixers and to Stevens’s remarkable talents
The Hidden River of My Life is a gem – too uptempo and jaunty for Carrie & Lowell, its fingerpicking decorates lyrics charged with a happy curiosity
The Greatest Gift
Sufjan Stevens is one of the best and brightest musicians we have. Here’s to wherever he’s headed next
While it comes as a delight in moments to revisit one of Stevens' best albums, the necessity of such a release is questionable
An appropriate accompaniment to Carrie and Lowell. A simple compilation of oddball tracks, it delivers enough to stand for itself - but is ultimately only really for the enjoyment of Stevens’ long-time fans
The added bells-and-whistles of remixes and alternate versions are an interesting side-note, sure, but still, in the end, lead you back to the original album in all its complex, bruised and beautiful glory
Drowned In Sound
‘Utopia’ is where art, real life and deep experimentation intersects, and it’s utterly compelling
Utopia feels like both a journey and a collection of statements that define and affirm who Björk is
Perhaps the most simply alive Baths has yet sounded on record, retaining enough of his emotional heft, while allowing for an entirely new collage of flashy, elated songcraft. This is Baths triumphant
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Who Built The Moon?
Gallagher can still pump out timeless melodies like they're barbed comments to an interviewer, and his confidence in delivering both has only become stronger with time and experience
Sputnik Music (staff)
A bouncy, joyous, loved-up record containing some of Gallagher’s freshest, most enjoyable music in decades
God Is In The TV
Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings
Soul Of A Woman
Jones alternates powerful ballads with the upbeat dance numbers that were staples of her live shows, confirming her stature a contemporary soul-music icon
This is not usual. This is not the middle-of-the-road rock n’ roll we’ve come to expect and, quietly, accept from Noey-Gs
Drowned In Sound
With a running time near 70 minutes and little care given for formalities of structure, this ranks among her most esoteric creations
"A thriving sound world rich in nuance and detail" - Consequence of Sounds' take on the ninth studio album from the Icelandic singer while Spectrum Culture reckon "Björk’s genius is needed more than ever"
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