16 July 2018
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Fans will surely enjoy more Torske in their lives, and Byen is Bjørn Torske at his most idyllic
An uncomplicated album that feels content with its firmly middling style
Randell and Hassett are a formidable musical team, certainly, with both skill and vision to spare. They proved that on Passerby. Sculptor, on the other hand, seems like it’s searching for the right path forward, with both glimmers of hope and rough patches
While not every track on here leaves a lasting impression, the album as a whole certainly does
I'll Tell You What
True to form, RP Boo is always mutating, and is anything but stuck in the past
The purpose it seems is to create something uncomfortable to listen to. Something you never want to listen to again. Can we get a slow clap?
Lamp Lit Prose
Lower the windows, crank that volume, and sing along at the top of your lungs
Sputnik Music (staff)
Let's Eat Grandma
I'm All Ears
Let’s Eat Grandma present themselves as outsiders and are eager to assert themselves through any power source they can get their hands on
Scorpion will be more remembered as a landmark in the rapidly shifting sands of music media and production, than for anything it says about Drake himself
The Arts Desk
Ordinary Corrupt Human Love
Makes good on years of experimental ambition
Dazzling and exhausting
Deafheaven have not just made one of the best metal albums in recent memory, they’ve made one of the best albums of the decade, full stop
I’ll Tell You What is slippery, contrary, devious - to listen is to be seduced and mangled
With Scorpion, Drake makes a cohesive argument for broadening our attention spans and enjoying life's music, regardless of runtime
For all its grandiose anxiety, the most rewarding moments here boil down to a simple reprieve: love and art can empower the meek to stare down the apocalypse
"A reminder of what’s made the band such a magnetic listen over the years" - Loud & Quiet's take on the 8th LP from David Longstreth's Brooklyn outfit. The Arts Desk say it's "a creative album from a true talent"
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