ALBUMS REVIEWS

Christopher Owens - 'A New Testament'

Christopher Owens - 'A New Testament'

On the cover of ‘A New Testament', his second solo album, Christopher Owens is wearing a pink cowboy hat, a fringed leather waistcoat and a dopey smile. Flanked by the singers and musicians that appear on the album, the former Girls singer's...

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NME RATING

6/10

Olof Arnalds - 'Palme'

Olof Arnalds - 'Palme'

Like Joanna Newsom's early work, Icelandic folkie Ólöf Arnalds’ output has so far comprised little more than delicate acoustic picking and high-pitched vocals. But on fourth album ‘Palme’, the 34-year-old - plus collaborators Gunnar Örn...

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NME RATING

5/10

The Vaselines - 'V For Vaselines'

The Vaselines - 'V For Vaselines'

Initially active in Glasgow in the late '80s, The Vaselines’ slim early catalogue (two EPs and one album) has long been held in high esteem, thanks partly to Nirvana’s cover of 'Molly's Lips'. While 2010’s comeback ‘Sex With An X’ found...

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NME RATING

6/10

Electric Youth - 'Innerworld'

Electric Youth - 'Innerworld'

Amid a glut of 1980s-indebted electro-pop, Toronto duo Electric Youth stand apart. Their glacial compositions offer far more than Empire Of The Sun's empty gloss and M83's breezy epics. Vintage-synth fetishist Austin Garrick and singer Bronwyn...

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NME RATING

8/10

Inspiral Carpets - 'Inspiral Carpets'

Inspiral Carpets - 'Inspiral Carpets'

Oldham’s Inspiral Carpets had a more convincing claim than most to be outsiders in the baggy scene of the early ’90s. Powered by psychedelic organ, their tunes owed more to obscure ’60s garage than anything else. While never attaining Stone...

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NME RATING

6/10

Electric Wizard - 'Time To Die'

Electric Wizard - 'Time To Die'

The bloody noise of Electric Wizard is unrelentingly black. Not to be outdone by US stoner-rock peers Sleep and Earth, who have records out this year, the Dorset satanists have spat out this eighth album. Doom metal needs chaos and angst, so news...

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NME RATING

8/10

Michael A Grammar - 'Michael A Grammar'

Michael A Grammar - 'Michael A Grammar'

Despite their debut sounding like shoegazers from the Thames Valley in the early 1990s, Michael A Grammar are actually from Nottingham, via Brighton, and recorded their debut in Manchester. Named after a song by Broadcast and in thrall to...

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The Growlers - 'Chinese Fountain'

The Growlers - 'Chinese Fountain'

"There's nothing as depressing as good advice/Nobody wants to hear how to live their life," go The Growlers on 'Good Advice'. Eight years, five albums and a fistful of EPs into their garage-pop ride, the Californian fivesome’s carefree sound...

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NME RATING

8/10

Hudson Mohawke - 'Chimes' EP

Hudson Mohawke - 'Chimes' EP

Hudson Mohawke fans clocked something special about the song 'Chimes' when it surfaced in sets a few years ago. Apple agreed and its use in a laptop advert this summer lent a mainstream stage to Ross Birchard’s first outing since he and Lunice...

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NME RATING

7/10

Jamie T - 'Carry On The Grudge'

Jamie T - 'Carry On The Grudge'

In 2007, Jamie Treays' debut album 'Panic Prevention' positioned him as a gap-toothed, sparkle-eyed street poet. He was an exuberant commentator and caricaturist, skipping around the edges of the London low-life to paint vivid portraits on tracks...

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NME RATING

9/10

 
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