A deliberately frothy take on an under-documented moment in US politics
TLC : Girl Talk
’s decision to carry on after the passing of Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes is a very bad idea. True, they invented modern R&B, but ‘Girl Talk’ sounds woefully tired and derivative, a dowdy elder sister of J-Lo’s ‘My Love Don’t Cost A Thing’ that limps with the self-conscious gait of a band outclassed by the new femme brigade. That an unsettling rap-from-the-grave from Lopez is the record’s one redeeming feature is a clue toTLC’s future prospects. It's over.
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