Album Reviews

Thurston Moore – ‘By The Fire’ review: love and healing from the Sonic Youth man

Thurston Moore has always been a man firmly occupied with the present. The seventh 'solo' album from the Sonic Youth founder is not only...

Fleet Foxes – ‘Shore’ review: a reinvigorating return to form for the rousing folk stars

Robin Pecknold leads the Seattle band in a balmy and bright look at life in the face of death

Bad Boy Chiller Crew – ‘Full Wack No Brakes’ review: nostalgic bassline bangers balance humour and unexpected honesty  

The Bradford boyos’ mixtape is a 100mph joyride swerving between witty bars and reflections on a lifestyle viral success helped them escape

Public Enemy – ‘What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down?’ review: the rap icons’ finest, most fearless effort in decades

On their return to Def Jam records, the iconic group lend the rage and wisdom to pandemic-stricken America

Sufjan Stevens – ‘The Ascension’: a sprawling and powerful dissection of modern humanity

Stevens' first solo album since his deeply personal 2015 LP 'Carrie & Lowell' may be uneasy in its outlook, but its pop-leaning soundscape will draw in even the most uncomfortable of listeners

Sylvan Esso – ‘Free Love’ review: a sonic tug-of-war that’s light on the duo’s trademark bops

On their third album the alt.dance act switch up their tried and tested earthy blueprint with mixed results

Deftones – ‘Ohms’ review: filthy metal anthems packing serious emotional clout

The band's reunion with producer Terry Date results in an album that's as thrilling – and as emotional – as they have ever sounded

IDLES – ‘Ultra Mono’ review: a blistering attempt to calcify the faithful

The Bristol punks’ third album is a juggernaut that roars through sarcasm, defiance, compassion and controversy

Fenne Lily – ‘BREACH’ review: fuzzed-up musings from Bristolian’s isolation period

Awkwardness, self-acceptance and solitude are all picked-apart on Lily's gnarly second album

NIKI – ‘Moonchild’ review: poised, genre-hopping debut from the 88rising star

The Indonesian singer-songwriter sees the darkness and in response, turns to grace and self-love
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