ALBUMS REVIEWS

Parkay Quarts - 'Content Nausea'

Parkay Quarts - 'Content Nausea'

Who are Parkay Quarts and what have they done with the real Parquet Courts? Featuring half of the New York quartet’s regular lineup (drummer Max Savage and bassist Sean Yeaton are absent, completing a maths degree and starting a family,...

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NME RATING

7/10

The Drink - 'Company'

The Drink - 'Company'

With their debut album, London-based trio The Drink take established indie-rock templates and twist them on their heads. Opener ‘Microsleep’ scuttles spider-like from the sort of dark, twitchy guitar loop that Mogwai might use into a breezy...

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NME RATING

7/10

David Guetta - 'Listen'

David Guetta - 'Listen'

Of all the EDM producers making hooks for sweat-stinking high street clubs, David Guetta has arguably the best tunes. He’s used them to lure Nicki Minaj, The Script, John Legend and Emeli Sandé onto this sixth album, which has already had the...

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NME RATING

5/10

Antemasque - 'Antemasque'

Antemasque - 'Antemasque'

Whether with the visceral post-hardcore of At The Drive-In or the somewhat self-indulgent prog-rock experimentation of The Mars Volta, Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez have always made complex music. This time around, though, it's...

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NME RATING

8/10

Slim Twig - 'A Hound At The Hem'

Slim Twig - 'A Hound At The Hem'

From Ty Segall to Ariel Pink, there's currently no shortage of garage-pop auteurs. Yet few are as outwardly as ambitious as Slim Twig. The Canadian actor and musician self-released this album in 2012, but hardly anyone heard it. Now out on DFA,...

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NME RATING

7/10

Ronika - 'Marathon' EP

Ronika - 'Marathon' EP

Something's rotten in the state of pop if Ronika's still failing to notch the hits. The Nottingham singer released some delicious tunes on June’s debut album 'Selectadisc', but the world has been slow to catch on. This EP drives the point home...

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NME RATING

7/10

Vaults - 'Vultures' EP

Vaults - 'Vultures' EP

London trio Vaults deal in tepid pseudo-profundity set to dark and weather-beaten slow-build pop. They’re not half as spooky as they try and make out. They’ve supported London Grammar, and the more accessible moments on this three-track EP are...

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NME RATING

3/10

Neil Young - 'Storytone'

Neil Young - 'Storytone'

One of the busiest sexegenarians in the game, Neil Young’s 35th album, and second of the year, is comprised of two ten-track records: one solo acoustic, the other backed by a Disney worthy orchestra and big band. In-between April’s ‘A Letter...

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NME RATING

7/10

Nazoranai - 'The Most Painful Time Happens Only Once Has It Arrived Already...?'

Nazoranai - 'The Most Painful Time Happens Only...

As Sunn 0)))’s uncompromising aesthetic takes another step towards wider exposure, thanks to the Seattle drone band’s recent 4AD team-up with Scott Walker, here’s a side project which almost certainly won’t enjoy similar reach. It’s...

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NME RATING

8/10

The Smashing Pumpkins - 'Monuments To An Elegy'

The Smashing Pumpkins - 'Monuments To An Elegy'

There’s been a sense of diminishing return about the records Smashing Pumpkins have released since Billy Corgan resurrected them seven years ago. They’re now the Pumpkins in name alone. Guitarist Jeff Schroeder, who replaced James Iha for...

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NME RATING

7/10

 
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