ALBUMS REVIEWS

The Darkness - 'Last Of Our Kind'

The Darkness - 'Last Of Our Kind'

“One by one the Kingdoms fall…” goes the spoken-word monologue that opens the fourth Darkness album. In comes the riff, a quaking, thrusting monster over which Justin Hawkins screams “AHHHHHH!” and gabbles about the Viking invasion of...

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NME RATING

5/10

Ho99o9 - 'Horrors Of 1999' EP

Ho99o9 - 'Horrors Of 1999' EP

This debut EP from New Jersey duo Ho99o9 (pronounced 'Horror') is unsettling from the outset. Opening track ‘No Regrets’ consists of 90 seconds of uncomfortable groaning and discordant noise that will put you on edge, and has already earned...

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NME RATING

8/10

Christopher Owens - 'Chrissybaby Forever'

Christopher Owens - 'Chrissybaby Forever'

Christopher Owens has never been easy one to figure out. The ex-Girls frontman has an amazing but tragic backstory – born into travelling Christian cult The Children Of God, he washed up in San Francisco as a teenager to discover punk rock and...

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NME RATING

7/10

Everything Everything - 'Get To Heaven'

Everything Everything - 'Get To Heaven'

Such is Everything Everything’s career-long resolve to defy classification, Everything Nothing might well have been a better name for them. That is, in a nutshell, what their records usually sound like. Yet while you can always pick out bits and...

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NME RATING

7/10

Sun Kil Moon - 'Universal Themes'

Sun Kil Moon - 'Universal Themes'

It seemed for a while that Mark Kozelek would become best known for the spat he started with The War On Drugs when noise from their set bled into his at Canada’s Ottawa Folk Fest last September. The months since then have seen him further...

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NME RATING

8/10

FFS - 'FFS'

FFS - 'FFS'

There’s a moment about six minutes into ‘FFS’ high-point ‘Collaborations Don’t Work’ when you can actually hear art-rock eat itself. Franz Ferdinand’s Alex Kapranos opens the track solo on an acoustic, singing “Collaborations...

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NME RATING

7/10

A$AP Rocky - 'At.Long.Last.A$AP'

A$AP Rocky - 'At.Long.Last.A$AP'

What with Kanye's messianic ravings and Kendrick Lamar taking himself to church, hip hop's been having an hallelujah moment of late. Now A$AP Rocky is back with ‘At.Long.Last.Rocky’ – ‘ALLA’ to its friends - a second studio album its...

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NME RATING

8/10

7 Great Albums That May Have Passed You By This Week

7 Great Albums That May Have Passed You By This...

You know about the big releases each week, but what about those smaller albums which may have passed underneath your radar. Don't miss out on the smaller, lesser-known gems which might become some of your favourites. We've rounded up seven of the...

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Gengahr - 'A Dream Outside'

Gengahr - 'A Dream Outside'

In March last year, Gengahr emerged from north London with breakthrough demo ‘Fill My Gums With Blood’, a vampiric love song on which singer Felix Bushe implored, “Let me in/So I can drink from you”. The quartet’s debut album sounds just...

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NME RATING

8/10

Muse - 'Drones'

Muse - 'Drones'

Skimming through the rock stratosphere carrying a riff payload capable of levelling entire districts, Muse drift further off radar. Down on earth, the stage is set for the uprising they foresaw back on 2009’s ‘The Resistance’ – protest...

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NME RATING

7/10

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