Album Reviews

Plastic Mermaids perfect the digital pastoral on Suddenly Everyone Explodes
Plastic Mermaids have performed a magic trick. In one odd, meandering album, they’ve turned the epic into something very intimate. Only through the ...more
Vocals drive Middle Kids’ mini-album New Songs For Old Problems
Middle Kids waste no time on warm-ups. New Songs For Old Problems erupts with a blaring round of guitar chords, fired out with enough energy to knock ...more
Some great Reward from Cate Le Bon
Written during a self-imposed exile to Cumbria, the lonely, rural environment of the Lakes District informs Cate Le Bon’s brilliantly crafted new al...more
Honeyblood grapple with fear and desire on In Plain Sight
Honeyblood’s third album, In Plain Sight, shows some hints of being a very good record indeed, but falls far short of realising its potential. Wheth...more
Joshua Burnside and Elmwood Hall take up the live album gauntlet
Releasing a live album is dangerous territory for any musician. There are many potential outcomes, but three standout: something that reworks existing...more
Charly Bliss prove fun is essential with Young Enough
The general consensus is that Young Enough - the new album from Brooklyn-based band Charly Bliss - is "important", an "ecstatic triumph" and "liberati...more
Tacocat use melody to move forward on This Mess is a Place
If growing up sounds like alien invasions, advanced Artificial Intelligence and Tacocat, then put me down for the long haul. The Seattle band return t...more
These New Puritans are as ambitious as ever on Inside the Rose
A new These New Puritans album is always something of an exhilarating prospect. For better or worse, you never quite know what you're going to get. Th...more
Lucy Rose gets her thoughts out on No Words Left  
No Words Left is the fourth album from Lucy Rose, and it’s a stark and dark collection of songs from a singer songwriter who's fast becoming known f...more
Ibibio Sound Machine return triumphant with Doko Mien
The last time we had the not-inconsiderable pleasure of covering Ibibio Sound Machine, we discussed the merits of the London-based 8-piece's approac...more