1 June 2023
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Tracey Denim lives and thrives in the shadows of past greats, but is unable to escape them
Beats Per Minute
There are plenty of signs that Bar Italia are poised to reach the emotional heights of Blonde Redhead or Interpol, and for all their love of the past, they are clearly prepared for the future
Surveying the scene, looking back on the past, not worried about the legacy but focused on the final notes
I've Seen A Way
Mandy, Indiana are angry at the political structures that have failed various marginalized groups, and they’re going to use the energy generated by their rage by taking it to the dance floor
Water From Your Eyes
Six albums in, the real potential of Water From Your Eyes is only just starting to crystallise. Everyone’s Crushed is their best collection of ideas to date, blending disparate elements into a harmonious cacophony you can lose yourself to
God Is In The TV
At its worst, the music on Everyone’s Crushed sounds like etudes – studies in experimentalism, finger exercises for tyros in the avant-garde. But when Water From Your Eyes find transcendence – especially on the record’s final two tracks, “14” and the extra winky “Buy My Product” – it can be quite stunning.
My Soft Machine
Parks has a skill for inviting listeners not only into her mind, but into her immediate environment, and the effects bring her racing emotions right to the forefront
Lana Del Rey
Did you know that there's a tunnel under Ocean Blvd
With Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd, Lana Del Rey implores us not to forget her and has ensured that we can’t possibly
Now reminds of the treasure that Graham Nash has been and continues to be in the ongoing narrative of rock music and it’s a snapshot of the creative spark
Seven Psalms is Paul Simon’s 15th solo album and in it, he confronts his mortality head-on and wonders about God, the reasons for existence, and death
The singer-songwriter’s second album is headier and more dynamic than her Mercury Prize-winning debut, but its sharp writing is often blunted by its temperate sound
The Brooklyn duo's logic-defying new album threads anticapitalist critique, stoner humor, and a hazy undercurrent of fatalism into art-pop so mesmerizing it'll give you a contact high
The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte
The Mael brothers are riding high. Their 26th album strikes the ideal Sparksian balance of madcap melody, labyrinthine arrangement, and stinging social satire
But Here We Are
But Here We Are will come to be the most treasured Foo Fighters album of all
While it’s been a long road for Foo Fighters to get to this point, and this album doesn’t quite match up to their most distant triumphs, these aging rockers have demonstrated here that some fire in the belly remains
Sputnik Music (staff)
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"The veteran singer-songwriter ponders faith and mortality in seven beautiful, impressionistic movements" (The Observer). "Seven Psalms is, more than anything else, a thematic experience" (Sputnik Music)
Since we've been around, that is. So, the highest-rated albums from the past twelve years or so. Rankings are calculated to two decimal places.
To Pimp A Butterfly
Fetch The Bolt Cutters
D'Angelo And The Vanguard
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
Rough and Rowdy Ways
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
We’re All Alone In This Together