Album Reviews

AJ Tracey – ‘Secure The Bag! 2’ EP review: UK rap don goes back to his roots with surprise release

This sequel is a largely a solo affair designed to showcase the MC's unique talent

Miley Cyrus – ‘Plastic Hearts’ review: pop superstar reborn as a freewheeling rock’n’roller

Enlisting Joan Jett and channelling Stevie Nicks, the singer has drawn deep from her recent rock cover songs

Billie Joe Armstrong – ‘No Fun Mondays’ review: a snapshot of 2020 told through cover songs

The Green Day frontman lends a punk spin to classics from Billy Bragg, John Lennon and Prince

The Smashing Pumpkins – ‘CYR’ review: rock heroes reinvent themselves on poppiest record to date

Frontman Billy Corgan has been open about his desire to craft a "contemporary" record. He gets his wish

Shygirl – ‘ALIAS’ review: futuristic club-rap bangers from underground queen’s fantasy universe

The versatile London artist commandeers a maximalist joyride that sounds like it’s been beamed in from the cyber-rave dancefloors of 2080

Stevan – ‘Ontogeny’ review: Bold second mixtape from rising psych ’n’ B star

The Wollongong up-and-comer shows a rawer side on his second project for 2020 – this time drawing on trap and electronic influences

Megan Thee Stallion – ‘Good News’ review: Houston hottie exudes positivity in a difficult year

On her debut, the 25-year-old combines West Coast samples with the Southern sounds of her youth

BTS – ‘BE (Deluxe Edition)’ review: a sensitive, stunning document of pandemic life

The pop giants take on a number of genres and triumph, this special album finding them on a mission to shepherd fans through uncertain days

Wolf & Cub – ‘NIL’ review: veteran psych-rockers rediscover their powers

On their first album in six years, the Adelaide band please themselves first – and sound all the better for it