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Octave Minds - 'Octave Minds'

Octave Minds - 'Octave Minds'

In Octave Minds, his collaboration with German producer Boys Noize, Chilly Gonzales sounds more comfortable than ever in the same harmony-arranging role he did on Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories'. There’s not a smidgen of his hokey rap-style...

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7/10

Ryan Adams - 'Ryan Adams'

Ryan Adams - 'Ryan Adams'

At a 2002 concert, Ryan Adams famously (and understandably) reacted angrily upon hearing a request for ‘Summer Of ’69’. With this 14th album, he's asking for trouble – much of it sounds like something his Canadian near-namesake could have...

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8/10

Alt-J - 'This Is All Yours'

Alt-J - 'This Is All Yours'

Alt-J were born of the internet age; they also encapsulated it. Creeping out of their Leeds University accommodation in 2007 with their un-Googleable symbol name, they sang of maths and new dimensions. By initially obscuring their faces in every...

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NME RATING

8/10

U2 - 'Songs Of Innocence'

U2 - 'Songs Of Innocence'

U2's last album, 2009's 'No Line On The Horizon' might have been a flawed midlife crisis of a record but, like an actual midlife crisis, it contained some brilliantly fun flashes. Its follow-up, unfortunately, has only a handful of standouts....

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NME RATING

4/10

Hiss Golden Messenger - 'Lateness Of Dancers'

Hiss Golden Messenger - 'Lateness Of Dancers'

Hiss Golden Messenger’s MC Taylor has often used his woody caw to sing of how unscrupulous believers use religious salvation as a get-out clause for their worst behaviour. The implication is that the North Carolina songwriter may also have been...

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NME RATING

9/10

Love Inks - 'Exi'

Love Inks - 'Exi'

Minimalist Texas trio Love Inks’ sleepy, sultry night-time music is rarely anything less than beguiling. The songs on this, their third album, come on like The xx ditching introversion for exorcism, as singer Sherry LeBlanc lays tales of longing...

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NME RATING

6/10

Tricky - 'Adrian Thaws'

Tricky - 'Adrian Thaws'

For most of his periodically illustrious career, Tricky’s music has been the stuff of smoke-filled rooms and post-club paranoia. 'Adrian Thaws' however, is billed as a club/hip-hop album, which makes you wonder what kind of bizarre nightspots...

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NME RATING

6/10

Morning Parade - 'Pure Adulterated Joy'

Morning Parade - 'Pure Adulterated Joy'

With a major-label deal and a growing army of fans, Morning Parade could have been forgiven for dreaming of the big time. Then, last January, they were dropped. But the Essex quintet responded with a work ethic that would shame a Puritan. Their...

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NME RATING

7/10

Avi Buffalo - 'At Best Cuckold'

Avi Buffalo - 'At Best Cuckold'

Fans of Tim Burton movies know that a touch of darkness is most effective when candy-coated. So it is for Avi Buffalo's hugely accomplished 'At Best Cuckold', a record that documents the spiralling weirdness of one young man's psyche via a cascade...

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NME RATING

9/10

The Kooks - 'Listen'

The Kooks - 'Listen'

'Listen' comes with a piece of advice from Luke Pritchard. ''This is evolution, so take my hand", he sings on 'Are We Electric', a dizzying song that sounds like it was created in CBBC's sound effects cupboard. The frontman conceived The Kooks'...

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NME RATING

5/10

 
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