ALBUMS REVIEWS

Dream Police - 'Hypnotized'

Dream Police - 'Hypnotized'

As members of New York band The Men, Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi make loud, rootsy punk. The debut album from their Dream Police side project explores psych-rock and makes for a heady departure. The title track recalls Spaceman 3, executing...

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NME RATING

9/10

Tim Wheeler - 'Lost Domain'

Tim Wheeler - 'Lost Domain'

When an indie frontman makes a solo album, going trad is often the easy option. Credit to Ash’s Tim Wheeler, then, as rather than just bashing out a half-hearted country record or pulling a Johnny Borrell, his first solo outing evokes orchestral...

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NME RATING

7/10

2:54 - 'The Other I'

2:54 - 'The Other I'

After the release of 2:54’s debut in 2012, sisters Colette and Hannah Thurlow unsurprisingly found their bond strengthened by their band. This expansive second album – its title inspired by poet Percy Bysshe Shelley – is the product of that...

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NME RATING

7/10

Azealia Banks - 'Broke With Expensive Taste'

Azealia Banks - 'Broke With Expensive Taste'

In the end, the surprise isn’t the snap release of 'Broke With Expensive Taste', more the fact that Azealia Banks has put her debut album out via official channels at all. Maybe there's respect and joint purpose uniting the 23-year-old and new...

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NME RATING

7/10

Foo Fighters - 'Sonic Highways'

Foo Fighters - 'Sonic Highways'

After 2011’s chart-topping ‘Wasting Light’ reaffirmed Foo Fighters’ status as one of the planet’s biggest bands after four years away, Dave Grohl realised that he had “licence to get weird” on its follow-up. “If we wanted,” he...

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NME RATING

7/10

Run The Jewels - 'Run The Jewels 2'

Run The Jewels - 'Run The Jewels 2'

When Run The Jewels' Killer Mike became a leading voice in black America's condemnation of August's Ferguson crisis, hoisted onto CNN and Fox News to discuss the police murder of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown as riots flared across the...

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NME RATING

9/10

Pink Floyd - 'The Endless River'

Pink Floyd - 'The Endless River'

Pink Floyd’s fifteenth and final LP is more postscript than swansong, a curate’s egg that will no doubt sell like spacecakes, but which feels like an inglorious, anticlimactic way to bring down the curtain - however belatedly - on one of the...

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NME RATING

5/10

The Wharves - 'At Bay'

The Wharves - 'At Bay'

This debut album from London trio The Wharves filters warm folk-rock through kaleidoscopic colours. Production from in-demand Warm Brains guitarist-turned-producer Rory Attwell (Veronica Falls, Mazes) means that ‘At Bay’ has one foot firmly...

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NME RATING

6/10

Richard Dawson - 'Nothing Important'

Richard Dawson - 'Nothing Important'

Since his 2007 debut, Newcastle songwriter Richard Dawson’s reputation within the UK’s underground folk scene has grown steadily. Now, after signing to Domino offshoot Weird World – home to Hookworms and Peaking Lights – it’s set to...

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NME RATING

7/10

Various - 'Psych For Sore Eyes 2'

Various - 'Psych For Sore Eyes 2'

This second instalment in Sonic Cathedral’s occasional compilation series follows last year’s snapshot of modern psych with another excellent double seven-inch. John Dwyer of The Oh Sees’ new project Damaged Bug present the trippy ‘Pet...

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NME RATING

8/10

 
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