29 January 2023
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Fucked Up’s One Day possesses a brightness and sense of happiness that’s addictive and optimistic, even if the lyrics at times insinuate the opposite
The singer has broken new ground, but their fourth album is less revelatory
One Day is brimming with energy and the barely contained desire to be heard over the shouting of those around them; it's as viscerally effective as anything Fucked Up have ever recorded and smart enough to speak to the mind as well as the heart
Whether autobiographical or a thought exercise, Honey is evocative and often relatable, if in turn inevitably alienating and mercurial
Yet another excellent album from one of the best bands out there. Even just one day of Fucked Up is something to be treasured
Exploring self-acceptance and self-growth with soul-tinged pop
A fourth album features Kim Petras, Ed Sheeran, Jessie Reyez and Koffee, and showcases a voice that makes everything sound listenable. But of terrific moments there are too few
AudioLust & HigherLove
The producer’s follow-up to Times is a classy set of tunes with well chosen guests and a concept around the central theme of love
A turbo-charged second album is more ambitious and impressive than anything the producer and songwriter has made before
His 2021 solo debut Times topped the UK dance chart and, the follow-up offers more of the same adrenaline rush. Print edition
The album feels like an assemblage of enjoyable ingredients that doesn’t coalesce
If you love the dancefloor and are willing to expand your tastes a little, this is the album you need to blast on repeat
The Line Of Best Fit
He dances on, just this time with a different outlook
Unshackled by this lingering desire for overarching grand narratives, is the purest distillation of that "lightning in a bottle" frenzy, capturing the collective's creative spark at its most urgent — that is: less bells, all whistles
It’s a remarkably sure-footed, brilliantly confident record and one that condenses the greatness of Fucked Up into a bite size treat
Under The Radar
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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