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Bjork - Archives

Bjork - Archives

Released to coincide with her career-crowning exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Björk’s second official book presents itself as a very serious tome. Its sleek black slipcase and slim softbacks inside – pastel-coloured and...

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9/10

The Cribs - 'For All My Sisters'

The Cribs - 'For All My Sisters'

These are pivotal times in Cribsland. The Jarman brothers’ spell with long-time label Wichita and brief self-imposed hiatus have expired, and they return with promises of two new albums – one all-out pop, one all-out punk – and everything to...

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8/10

Madonna - 'Rebel Heart'

Madonna - 'Rebel Heart'

Three years after 2012’s EDM-driven ‘MDNA’ album, ‘Rebel Heart’ finds 56-year-old Madonna still trying to pass herself off as a teenager. It’s a disconnect that has become increasingly grating. Rather than the return to ’80s...

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NME RATING

5/10

Jack Ü - 'Skrillex And Diplo Presents Jack Ü'

Jack Ü - 'Skrillex And Diplo Presents Jack Ü'

Since 2013, Skrillex and Diplo, perhaps concerned that there just weren’t enough drops in the world, have been making music together as Jack Ü. This debut album was released partway through a 24-hour DJ set in Santa Monica that was eventually...

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NME RATING

7/10

Tobias Jesso Jr. - 'Goon'

Tobias Jesso Jr. - 'Goon'

In August 2013, after a painful break-up and his mother's cancer diagnosis, Tobias Jesso Jr released his first demo. 'Just A Dream' was a brilliant, Lennon-esque introduction. Debut album 'Goon' is a great leap forward. Gloopy, orchestral and...

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NME RATING

8/10

DJ Yoda - 'Breakfast Of Champions'

DJ Yoda - 'Breakfast Of Champions'

Forward-thinking but still like an old-fashioned hip-hop album, ‘Breakfast Of Champions’ retains the magpie ear for unusual and musically rich samples that characterises DJ Yoda’s excellent ‘How To Cut And Paste’ mixtapes. Duncan...

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8/10

Cancer Bats - 'Searching For Zero'

Cancer Bats - 'Searching For Zero'

Three seconds into ‘True Zero’, the second track on Cancer Bats’ fifth album, frontman Liam Cormier screams, ”May I remind myself who I really am”. That sense of rediscovery runs throughout ‘Searching For Zero’. Exhausted by heavy...

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NME RATING

8/10

Gang Of Four - 'What Happens Next'

Gang Of Four - 'What Happens Next'

When legendary Leeds post-punks Gang Of Four reformed in 2004 for ‘Return The Gift’, they did so with the four-piece original line-up intact. Then their rhythm section left, meaning 2010’s fan-funded ‘Content’ was a Gang Of Two record....

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NME RATING

6/10

Drake - 'If You're Reading This It's Too Late'

Drake - 'If You're Reading This It's Too Late'

Is Drake flipping off the man with his new mixtape? Surprise-released on iTunes (and briefly hosted for free on Soundcloud before promptly vanishing), the 28-year-old Toronto rapper’s latest is rumoured to be a ruse; a ploy to run down his...

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NME RATING

6/10

Will Butler - 'Policy'

Will Butler - 'Policy'

In the Arcade Fire family, Will Butler – the multi-instrumentalist kid brother of frontman Win – comes across as the precocious ADHD toddler of the brood. He's the hyperactive wildman throwing himself around the stage, convulsing like Iggy Pop...

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NME RATING

7/10

 
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