A deliberately frothy take on an under-documented moment in US politics
The Very Best Of Meat Loaf
For some people, life is just too much....
Quite what the world needs with yet another American slo-core band is debatable; Half Film owe everything to Low and Joy Division, so there is precious little that is new here, but singer Con Devlin's personal trauma is so delicately articulated, it barely matters: tracks like 'The Arrangement' and 'Hang' capture Ian Curtis' utter resignation to chilling effect. What does matter is that these feelings of hopelessness too often cause Half Film to lose themselves in ponderous self-pity, Devlin mumbling barely coherently as the band stumble blindly into self-parodying miserablism.
What 'East Of Monument' lacks is drama or defiance. It has an album-as-suicide-note finality to it: confused and slightly pathetic. Some sense of direction is required, but without the faintest glimmer of light to be found, such hope seems futile.
The second album from Piper and Skylar Kaplan is danceable, euphoric and pleasingly trippy
Mumford & Sons’ collaborative steps into world music aren’t embarrassing – but they’re not essential either
The iconic DJ Shadow returns with a mixtape-like album that frustrates as much as it fascinates
A Western that revolves around a trio of gun-wielding female leads, and has a clear and consistent feminist message