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Sufjan Stevens - 'Carrie & Lowell'

Sufjan Stevens - 'Carrie & Lowell'

Great loss often inspires great art: Lou Reed and John Cale’s Warhol tribute ‘Songs For Drella’, or Rufus Wainwright’s eulogy to his mother ‘All Days Are Night: Songs For Lulu’ for example. To this catalogue of sublime sadness we can...

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NME RATING

9/10

Gallows - 'Desolation Sounds'

Gallows - 'Desolation Sounds'

The final track on Gallows’ fourth album is titled ‘Swan Song’, and considering the rate at which they’ve been losing members in recent years, you’d be forgiven for misreading that as some sort of omen. Gallows, however, are not the kind...

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NME RATING

7/10

East India Youth - 'Culture Of Volume'

East India Youth - 'Culture Of Volume'

‘Total Strife Forever’, the enthralling, Mercury-nominated debut by East India Youth combined singer-songwriter nous with glimmering electronica and flashes of neo-classical music, making it hard to predict where London-based Will Doyle was...

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NME RATING

8/10

Drenge - 'Undertow'

Drenge - 'Undertow'

When their self-titled debut clattered out of the Derbyshire village of Castleton in August 2013, it was clear that Drenge were troublemakers of the very best kind. Stroppy, pale-faced brothers Eoin and Rory Loveless looked committed to...

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NME RATING

9/10

Marching Church - 'This World is Not Enough'

Marching Church - 'This World is Not Enough'

Anyone who thought Iceage majorly wussed out with 2014's country-flecked third album 'Plowing Into The Field Of Love', look away now. 'This World Is Not Enough', Elias Bender Rønnenfelt's solo debut, sees the unsmiling frontman stray ever further...

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NME RATING

8/10

The Prodigy - The Day is My Enemy

The Prodigy - The Day is My Enemy

Essex rave legends The Prodigy have become such a consistent and huge live draw in the 21st century – uniquely capable of headlining both rock and dance festivals like Sonisphere and Global Gathering, as they did last year – it’s tempting to...

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NME RATING

8/10

Kendrick Lamar - 'To Pimp a Butterfly'

Kendrick Lamar - 'To Pimp a Butterfly'

Kendrick Lamar might be the new king of west coast hip-hop, but don't think it's a crown he's wearing lightly. Exploring the dangers of being a thoughtful youth forced to come up hard on the streets of Los Angeles' gangster-rap capital, the...

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NME RATING

8/10

5 Great Albums That May Have Passed You By This Week

5 Great Albums That May Have Passed You By This...

You know about the big releases each week, but what about those smaller albums which may have passed underneath your radar. Don't miss out on the smaller, lesser-known gems which might become some of your favourites. We've rounded up six of the...

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Circa Waves - Young Chasers

Circa Waves - Young Chasers

As four Liverpudlian lads playing jaunty, catchy three-minute pop songs on guitars – no ’50s slant, no electronic R&B, not the tiniest hint of a psychedelic tribal sacrifice – you won’t be allowed to like Circa Waves. Snobs will demand...

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NME RATING

8/10

Mini Mansions - 'The Great Pretenders'

Mini Mansions - 'The Great Pretenders'

On their ’60s-pop influenced self-titled 2010 debut, Los Angeles trio Mini Mansions combined the druggy whimsy of ‘White Album’-era Beatles and The Beach Boys’ ‘Pet Sounds’ with meandering melodies and surreal lyrics about things like...

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NME RATING

9/10

 
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