ALBUMS REVIEWS

Hookworms - 'The Hum'

Hookworms - 'The Hum'

After Hookworms released their self-titled debut EP in 2011, MB, the band’s bassist said: “The hookworm is a parasite that lives inside its chosen host, sucking blood and damaging the small intestine, and can occasionally lead to death if not...

Read the full review

NME RATING

9/10

The Flaming Lips – 'With A Little Help From My Fwends'

The Flaming Lips – 'With A Little Help From...

The thing about pitching an album as "It's 'Sgt Pepper...' but on acid" is that 'Sgt Pepper...' is already very much "on acid", emerging as it did from The Beatles' most psychedelic period. Still, if there's one band in the world willing to go the...

Read the full review

NME RATING

7/10

Taylor Swift – '1989'

Taylor Swift – '1989'

‘1989’ is Taylor Swift’s radical reinvention: one to finally alienate her country audience and plant her flag firmly in pop soil. The lead single, ‘Shake It Off’, was no red herring. Swift produced ‘1989’ with hitmaker Max Martin,...

Read the full review

NME RATING

7/10

Ought - 'Once More With Feeling'

Ought - 'Once More With Feeling'

If Parquet Courts' breakthrough 'Light Up Gold' thrilled on account of its short, sharp bursts of punk spirit, then Montreal quartet Ought’s new EP is its equal but opposite flipside. A similar reckless clatter presides on much of 'Once More...

Read the full review

NME RATING

8/10

Superfood – 'Don't Say That'

Superfood – 'Don't Say That'

Before forming Superfood , 23-year-old Dom Ganderton unintentionally helped propel his friends’ bands towards record deals, festival bills and mainstream consciousness. He produced early demos by Peace and Swim Deep, capturing the raw...

Read the full review

NME RATING

8/10

Baxter Dury - 'It's A Pleasure'

Baxter Dury - 'It's A Pleasure'

It’s been three years since Dury’s debut ‘Happy Soup’. What made it such a charming record was his knack for wrapping kitchen-sink dramas in candyfloss, but that trait sparkles only intermittently on ‘It's A Pleasure’. Standout...

Read the full review

NME RATING

6/10

Mark Lanegan Band – 'Phantom Radio'

Mark Lanegan Band – 'Phantom Radio'

Despite writing much of ‘Phantom Radio’ on a phone app called Funk Box, Mark Lanegan boasts a melodic elegance more commonly associated with a classical orchestra. On his latest album, the gravel-voiced 49-year-old uses gospel and blues...

Read the full review

NME RATING

8/10

These New Puritans – 'Expanded (Live At The Barbican)'

These New Puritans – 'Expanded (Live At The...

These New Puritans have made their name with disregard for convention and a pursuit of unexplored sounds. On last year’s chilly ‘Field Of Reeds’, however, the London trio’s neoclassical interests edged them towards Radio 3, a trend they...

Read the full review

NME RATING

6/10

Andy Burrows – 'Fall Together Again'

Andy Burrows – 'Fall Together Again'

Andy Burrows' career has taken many paths since he gave up on Johnny Borrell and left Razorlight in 2009, including a recent stint behind the skins for another much-loved comedy character, David Brent, and his band Foregone Conclusion. 'Fall...

Read the full review

NME RATING

4/10

John Lydon - Anger Is An Energy: My Life Uncensored

John Lydon - Anger Is An Energy: My Life...

“The king is gone but he's not forgotten,” Neil Young once sang, “This is the story of a Johnny Rotten…” Well, here are 500 pages in Johnny’s own words. John Joseph Lydon’s new autobiography isn’t just about his incarnation as...

Read the full review

NME RATING

8/10

 
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM