ALBUMS REVIEWS

Charli XCX - 'Sucker'

Charli XCX - 'Sucker'

This year’s first great pop record bowls in with a rapturous celebration of the genre's rebellious, trashy potential (and a bottle of champagne and a pocketful of pills to boot). From the “fuck you”-heavy title track onwards, 22-year-old...

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NME RATING

8/10

Carl Barat & The Jackals

Carl Barat & The Jackals

Some rock’n’roll dogs were born to hunt in packs. Lifelong devotees to the last gang in town, they’re tied to their brothers with a frayed guitar string, a shared uniform and the bond of WWI trench survivors. The 36-year-old Carl Barât is...

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NME RATING

8/10

The Districts - 'A Flourish And A Spoil'

The Districts - 'A Flourish And A Spoil'

The worry with still-teenage bands who’ve crafted an awesome live reputation is they get too hyped too soon and spook like dogs hearing fireworks. They hit the studio only to emerge months later, blinking into the daylight, having lost the spark...

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NME RATING

8/10

The Charlatans - 'Modern Nature'

The Charlatans - 'Modern Nature'

For 27 years, tragedy has dogged and driven The Charlatans. When keyboardist Rob Collins died in a car crash in 1996, they created 1997’s comeback masterpiece ‘Tellin’ Stories’. Now, in the wake of drummer Jon Brookes' death in 2013, their...

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NME RATING

7/10

Peace - 'Happy People'

Peace - 'Happy People'

Increasingly, there are two kinds of emerging British rock ’n’ roll band: those, like Sleaford Mods, Slaves or Fat White Family, who burn with incandescent rage and volume; and those, like Peace, Swim Deep or Temples, who seem committed to...

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NME RATING

8/10

Aphex Twin - ‘Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt 2’

Aphex Twin - ‘Computer Controlled Acoustic...

Among plentiful praise, one of the main criticisms hurled at Aphex Twin’s ‘Syro’ when it arrived last year was that it sounded a bit straightforward, a bit safe. As if Richard D James – lest we forget, a man who once DJed using not vinyl,...

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NME RATING

6/10

Björk - Vulnicura

Björk - Vulnicura

Björk’s last album, 2011’s ‘Biophilia’, was a multimedia project examining the connections between nature, sound and technology – or “the universe”, as she succinctly put it. It became known as an “app” album and it wasn’t a...

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NME RATING

8/10

Joey Bada$$ - 'B4.DA.$$'

Joey Bada$$ - 'B4.DA.$$'

You could call Joey Bada$$ a victim of his own tardiness. Having broken out of the New York mixtape underground with fizzing breakout single ‘Survival Tactics’ three years ago, had 'B4.DA.$$' been released in mid-2014 as planned, this delayed...

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NME RATING

6/10

All We Are - 'All We Are'

All We Are - 'All We Are'

In May 2013, All We Are described their single ‘Utmost Good’, accurately, as “The Bee Gees on diazepam”. Nearly two years later, bassist Guro Gikling is touting the Liverpool trio’s debut album as “psychedelic boogie”. The 11 tracks...

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NME RATING

7/10

Pond - 'Man It Feels Like Space Again'

Pond - 'Man It Feels Like Space Again'

“The ultimate rock’n’roll cliché” – that’s how Nick Allbrook described Pond in an interview with a Tame Impala fanzine in 2012. The wild-eyed and loose-limbed frontman, who quit as Tame’s bassist in 2013, may have been joking, but...

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NME RATING

8/10

 
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