ALBUMS REVIEWS

Iceage - 'Plowing Into The Field Of Love'

Iceage - 'Plowing Into The Field Of Love'

There’s no sin in rock’n’roll as crushingly dull as conformity. Be thankful, then, for the iconoclasts. Be thankful for Iceage. Their 2011 debut ‘New Brigade’ and 2013 successor ‘You’re Nothing’ made the Copenhagen quartet poster...

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NME RATING

8/10

Sivu - Something On High

Sivu - Something On High

Ex-bailiff James Page began spinning escapist pop melodramas as an antidote to a life split between his tiny flat in a grim south London tower block and various dead-end jobs. As a result, the 24-year-old's debut album as Sivu isn't the cheeriest...

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NME RATING

6/10

Caribou - 'Our Love'

Caribou - 'Our Love'

Since the last Caribou album, 2010’s ‘Swim’, Dan Snaith has concentrated on releasing techno under his Daphni alias. The 35-year-old Canadian has said that those tracks come in rapid creative bursts, whereas Caribou’s need longer...

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NME RATING

9/10

Johnny Marr - 'Playland'

Johnny Marr - 'Playland'

There probably aren’t too many comparisons you can draw between Johnny Marr’s fledgling career as a solo artist and Morrissey’s 26 years of heroic ups, disastrous downs and occasional exiles. Nevertheless, both men have found recent success...

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NME RATING

8/10

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

 
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