Album Reviews

Kendrick Lamar – ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’ review: a cathartic, soul-baring autobiography

The rapper triumphs with a collection on which observational skills go into overdrive

The Smile – ‘A Light For Attracting Attention’: free and easy Radiohead side-project

Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood and Sons Of Kemet’s Tom Skinner cut loose

The Black Keys – ‘Dropout Boogie’ review: down-the-line rock destined for good times

The Ohio blues-rockers pack a familiar swagger on their 11th studio album

Kevin Morby – ‘This Is A Photograph’ review: heart-bursting, life-affirming beauty

The Kansas City troubadour’s seventh album is an epic ode to the fragility of life

Tomorrow X Together – ‘minisode 2: Thursday’s Child’ review: even the worst heartbreak can’t put out their creative spark

The HYBE boyband sink – and then soar – through the stages of getting over a break-up on this sublime release

JRLDM – ‘Mood Swing’ review: masterfully ordered chaos from Filipino hip-hop’s distinctive new voice

Raw, nimble, and exciting, Jerald Mallari’s nearly flawless debut leaves you hanging on for more

Bad Bunny – ‘Un Verano Sin Ti’ review: the sound of an artist in his imperial phase

The Puerto Rican superstar's new album is vibrant and surprising

Jack Harlow – ‘Come Home The Kids Miss You’ review: storytelling charm and filler tracks

The 25-year-old chart-topper addresses his ascent as an international rap superstar

.Feast – ‘Abdi Lara Insani’ review: Stadium rock with a political narrative that leaves you wanting more

The Indonesian band’s new mini album about an activist-turned-politician brings the fist-pumping rock goods – and shows it’s time for them to step up the storytelling