Album Reviews

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

The Cribs live in Liverpool: the Jarmania is palpable even through a screen

The trio follow in The Beatles' footsteps with an intense comeback show

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

PVA – ‘Toner’ EP review: no-nonsense beats and imperious ambition from the dancefloors of south London

Despite a derailed year, PVA push forward with a debut EP custom-built for sweaty raves in some of the capital's darkest rooms

Phoebe Bridgers – ‘Copycat Killer’ EP review: glorious strings send ‘Punisher’ songs skyward

Choice cuts from one of the best albums of 2020 are given a stunning makeover
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