24 September 2017
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While it's easy to admire the craft behind Forced Witness, it's a little harder to embrace the album as a whole - and not necessarily in the ways Cameron may have intended
Their most cohesive album yet
Glossy and striking
Hiss Golden Messenger
A spiritual descendant of Van Morrison’s Veedon Fleece
V could very well be the album that pushes The Horrors to the next echelon, something the group has already accomplished in its native U.K. with its last two albums breaking the top 10 charts
Under The Radar
Concrete and Gold
If you're looking for a reinvention of the rock and roll wheel, you're generating unrealistic expectations. Instead, if you're looking for a very listenable, hard rock fist-pumper you've come to the right place
Under The Radar
It’s an album that confirms them as one of the most consistently surprising, most artistically sophisticated, simply greatest rock bands working today
A Sentimental Education
These are performances only Luna could deliver, especially in Wareham’s uniquely flat vocal style
Deftly straddling the line between deep reverence and inspired reclamation, a perfect balance that renders each track a new addition to the band's own storied oeuvre
It doesn’t hurt that every song given the Luna treatment—mellow, reverb-y guitars, Dean Wareham’s winning deadpan vocals—pretty much becomes a Luna song
A collection that appeals to the devotee rather than the casual fan of the chosen bands and singers
Wolves in the Throne Room
A record that might not break much new ground but is well composed and powerful, and it can act as the origin point for the band’s next fascinating chapter
For those first 19 glorious minutes, Thrice Woven skirts the eye of the storm, flitting between untrammelled power and celestial beauty with a finesse that few can match
Stirs in Norse and Gaelic legend into a bewitching barrage of arboreal-metal fury and black-winged flight
Intersperses passages of barbed attack with atmosphere and nuance. Print edition only
"Tightly bundled and perfectly accessible without sacrificing any of their artistic integrity" - The Skinny's take on the 5th LP from the goth rock five-piece. Q say it's "bigger than its predecessors"
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