Album Reviews

Regina Spektor – ‘Home, before and after’ review: funny and heartbreaking art-punk

The record sees Spektor pushing herself into vibrant, unexplored territory

Soccer Mommy – ‘Sometimes, Forever’ review: nuanced and purposeful songwriting

Sophie Allison combines intensely confessional lyrics with her pop-minded melodies

MUNA – ‘MUNA’ album review: a field of sunflowers from poisoned ground

After getting dropped by their label the three-piece have had to regroup – but find a new level of freedom in this liberating era

Drake – ‘Honestly, Nevermind’ review: rapper’s house makeover provides long-overdue career boost

The Canadian's latest release surprises in many ways, ditching bland trap for house beats and some daring, if somewhat mixed, vocal takes

Foals – ‘Life Is Yours’ review: dance-rock party anthems shot through with Balearic bliss

The Oxford now-trio flex their party muscles on joyous, hedonistic seventh album

George Ezra – ‘Gold Rush Kid’ review: the posi-pop king’s most personal album so far

The Hertford singer-songwriter shows his talent at distilling complex situations into candid, affecting songs

Neneh Cherry – ‘The Versions’ review: next-gen tributes befitting an NME Icon Award winner

The star sees fellow pop legends such as Robyn honour her incredible legacy

Sinead O’Brien – ‘Time Bend and Break the Bower’ review: noir-punk poetry with a dancey edge

The Irish punk-poet's debut keeps it tight with a mix of Sprechgesang allure and dancefloor-filling grooves