What We Said: "Light years ahead of the supermarket-brand hurt Adele bled all over ‘19’"
Who: PJ Harvey
Album: ‘Let England Shake’
What We Said: “Francis Ford Coppola can lay claim to the war movie. Ernest Hemingway the war novel. Polly Jean Harvey, a 41-year-old from Dorset, has claimed the war album.”
Who : Anna Calvi
Album : ‘Anna Calvi’
What We Said : “Calvi is a diva, no doubt, but instead of a speaker stack-humping, sparkly hotpant-wearing dervish, she treads a more reflective, refined path.”
Who : Elbow
Album: ‘Build A Rocket Boys!’
What We Said: “Specifically speaking, Elbow have retained their crowns as everyman kings.”
Who: James Blake
Album: ‘James Blake’
What We Said: “The album generally works best where Blake is able to match his interest in traditional songwriting with a more textured approach.”
Who: Katy B
Album: ‘On A Mission’
What We Said: “That’s ‘On A Mission’ all over: fuck-all pretension or focus-grouped attitudinising"
Album: ‘The English Riviera’
What We Said: “Had Metronomy stuck to the blueprint of ‘Nights Out’, he’d have throttled them dead. But remember, Joe Mount is not simple. And only an idiot would disagree.”
Who: Tinie Tempah
What We Said:”Sit(s) comfortably between fondness and ambition”
Who: King Creosote and Jon Hopkins
Album: ‘Diamond Mine’
What We Said: “‘Diamond Mine’ should be taken as a whole, at night, in the dark, with some Scotch and a blanket.”
Album: 'Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam'
Who: Gwilyn Simock
Album: 'Good Days at Schloss Elmau'
Who: Everything Everything
Album: ‘Man Alive’
What We Said: “If however, the thought of it as a brilliantly unsolvable puzzle appeals, then bow at the feet of pop’s new Picassos.”