Arcade Fire, Wavves, Best Coast – This Week’s New Albums Reviewed

Assistant Reviews Editor Laura Snapes rounds up the key albums released in the UK on Monday 02 August. You can read our reviews, and listen to some of the albums in full, below

Arcade Fire – ‘The Suburbs’
Meditations on the meaning of home and melodies to haunt from a top-of-their-game Arcade Fire on their third record; Emily Mackay for one is happy exploring the back streets of this complex, engaging and passionate album.

Wavves – ‘King Of The Beach’
So apparently Wavves aren’t lo-fi any more, which is as weird as if Liam Gallagher suddenly became a nice polite boy you could take home to your mum. It kinda defeats the whole point of him really, which is what Huw Nesbitt points out – the fuzz was only ever a way of masking the fact that he’s not exactly a songwriting maestro, leaving behind a whole lot of really deep (not really deep) contemplation from Nathan Williams and us about what the fucking point of it all is…

Best Coast – ‘Crazy For You’
It takes a lot to win over our steel-coated hearts, so it’s amazing that Bethany Cosentino and her furry friends Bob Bruno and Snacks The Cat have somehow managed it effortlessly, whilst sprawling on the sofa, smoking a fat joint and eating dry cereal. As Martin Robinson points out, for the lifeless slacker lifestyle she’s describing, it’s a surprisingly powerful record.

The Candles – ‘Between The Sounds’
Everyone knows that double denim is a crime punishable by Steely Dan, but as Barry Nicolson points out, if anyone can pull it off it’s Josh Lattanzi, comrade of Evan Dando and Albert Hammond Jr.

Ali Love – ‘Love Harder’
It’s fair to say that we enjoyed Luke Turner’s indictment of this album as being full of “dry-gusset synths” much more than the obnoxiously sleazy but utterly sexless record itself.

Mt St Helens Vietnam Band – ‘Where The Messengers Meet’
Going by name, this lot should make regal fanfares that make like Beirut’s Zac Condon riding atop a rustic alpaca steed, but according to Tessa Harris, they’re actually just another palatable batch of widescreen indie poppers.

El-P – ‘Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3’
El-P’s one of the oldest dogs in the indie hip hop game, says Sam Richards, but that’s not stopped him learning tricks as innovative as forward-thinking dubstep types Joker and Rustie.

Violent Soho – ‘Violent Soho’
If there’s a sentence that’s going to put us off listening to a band, it’s “locked in a Silverchair B-side for all eternity.” Rob Parker judges Violent Soho to be purveyors of unforgiveably dated bad poetry. Shudder.

Autolux – ‘Transit Transit’
It’s taken Autolux six years to follow up their brilliant debut, ‘Future Perfect’, but all the better, says Hardeep Phull, as ‘Transit Transit’ is a compelling masterpiece.

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