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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

Banks - 'Goddess'

Banks - 'Goddess'

“What if I never even see you 'cos we’re both on a stage”, sings 25-year-old LA singer Jillian Banks on ‘Waiting Game’, setting the mood for this brooding debut. Here, and on the undeniably powerful 'Brain', her gloomy take on R&B works...

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NME RATING

7/10

The Rentals - 'Lost In Alphaville'

The Rentals - 'Lost In Alphaville'

Ex-Weezer bassist Matt Sharp has played silly buggers with his inspired alt-synth solo project The Rentals ever since roping in Damon Albarn, Tim Wheeler and Miki Berenyi from Lush to guest on their majestic second album ‘Seven More Minutes’...

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NME RATING

7/10

 
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