Greatest hits: album reviews

Greatest hits: album reviews

From Beyoncé to Blur and beyond, we check out the latest and greatest releases

Music reviews: Toe, Mac DeMarco, The Maccabees and The Mynabirds

Toe

Monday, 24 August, 2015, 10:18pm

CD reviews: Albert Hammond Jr, Omar Souleyman, Asian Dub Foundation and Sleaford Mods

CD reviews: Albert Hammond Jr, Omar Souleyman, Asian Dub Foundation and Sleaford Mods

Hammond, guitarist of The Strokes, has produced a third solo album more taught and focused than his previous releases, writes Mark Peters.

15 Aug 2015 - 11:55pm

Music reviews: new releases from Lamb of God, Four Tet, White Reaper and Wilco

Randy Blythe (second left) and American heavy metal band Lamb of God.

A teenage fan's death at a Prague concert in 2011, and its legal repercussions, weigh heavily on the latest album by one of the world’s biggest metal bands, Lamb of God. 

8 Aug 2015 - 11:03pm

Music reviews: Samantha Crain, Chemical Brothers, Veruca Salt, Ratatat

Music reviews: Samantha Crain, Chemical Brothers, Veruca Salt, Ratatat

From rootsy Americana to that familiar big-beat sound, an alt-rock band revival and a duo treading a fine line between dance and rock, there's a mixed bag for music fans.

1 Aug 2015 - 10:58pm

The wait is over for B. Dolan's new album Kill the Wolf

The wait is over for B. Dolan's new album Kill the Wolf

Dolan takes a deliberate half-step back from the stronger social activism and political themes on this self-produced release, focusing more on honing the craft of hip hop and storytelling.

25 Jul 2015 - 11:22pm

Music reviews: Lucy Rose, Years & Years, Between the Buried and Me

Music reviews: Lucy Rose, Years & Years, Between the Buried and Me

Rose's wispy vocals stifle her second album's synth-driven sound; Years & Years the BBC contest winners' pure pop debut.

25 Jul 2015 - 11:22pm

Music reviews: Joss Stone, Tame Impala, Little Boots

Music reviews: Joss Stone, Tame Impala, Little Boots

From a dodgy venture into reggae to a diva's weird pop and some Australian alt-psych pop, we've a mixed bag of albums here for you.

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18 Jul 2015 - 10:52pm

Album review: Ezra Furman's Perpetual Motion People - irresistibly energetic

Album review: Ezra Furman's Perpetual Motion People - irresistibly energetic

The glam-punk misfit will widen his circle of fans with his latest, wonderfully diverse set, which balances on the edge of chaos.

18 Jul 2015 - 10:52pm

Music review: Leon Bridges' debut Coming Home - '50s throwback triumph

Music review: Leon Bridges' debut Coming Home - '50s throwback triumph

Everything about 25-year-old Texan soul and gospel singer Leon Bridges is vintage. From the aesthetic cover art and retro threads on his back, to the nostalgic doo-wopping and the authentic analogue equipment that was used to record his debut album, Coming Home, Bridges is a breezy throwback to the 1950s and '60s R&B era.

11 Jul 2015 - 5:44pm

Music reviews: Hudson Mohawke, Everything Everything, The Orb

Music reviews: Hudson Mohawke, Everything Everything, The Orb

11 Jul 2015 - 5:44pm

Album of the week: My Love is Cool by Wolf Alice

Album of the week: My Love is Cool by Wolf Alice

Another week, another hotly tipped next big thing. While there's certainly plenty of hype buzzing round British grunge-pop quartet Wolf Alice, can a band youthfully peddling '90s alt-rock as if it never went out of fashion really be your new favourite band?

4 Jul 2015 - 9:34pm

Music reviews: Adam Lambert, Jing Wong, James Taylor

Music reviews: Adam Lambert, Jing Wong, James Taylor

Lambert has some half-decent songs at last, Wong has turned his back on folk style, and James Taylor has mellowed.

4 Jul 2015 - 9:34pm 4 comments

Album of the Week review: FFS by FFS

Album of the Week review: FFS by FFS

Everything about the new musical "supergroup" FFS, a creative collaboration between Scottish art poppers Franz Ferdinand and cult synth duo Sparks, screams of a calculated cleverness. From the cheeky modern-day moniker and retro-inspired artwork, to both bands' wordy intelligence and fondness for a ridiculously catchy chorus, FFS appear to be a match made in heaven, but is the music just too smug for its own good?

27 Jun 2015 - 10:49pm

Music reviews: Muse, Leftfield, Of Monsters and Men

Music reviews: Muse, Leftfield, Of Monsters and Men

As a supermassive fan of their earlier riff-driven recordings, I thought Blackholes & Revelations was the last Muse album worth banging a head to before the English prog rock trio went on to rival U2 as one of the biggest rock-lite bands in the world.

27 Jun 2015 - 10:49pm

Music reviews: Jamie XX, Florence and the Machine, Major Lazer

Music reviews: Jamie XX, Florence and the Machine, Major Lazer

Electronic music producer Jamie Smith, better known as Jamie xx and one-third of London indie band The xx, was not even born when rave music emerged in Britain in the late 1980s, yet the 25-year-old’s fascination with the culture certainly runs deep.

20 Jun 2015 - 11:02pm

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