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Sports Team - Gulp! review: Lightweight indie rock is relegation form

Yard Act are sharper, Wet Leg have better tunes – where does this lot fit?

Sep 23, 2022
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Beth Orton - Weather Alive review: Unafraid to show the cracks

After overcoming multiple setbacks, Beth Orton delivers her most emotionally gripping album yet

Sep 23, 2022
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Marcus Mumford - (self-titled) review: A deeply personal solo journey

The Mumford & Sons frontman has swapped the baggage of his band for something even heavier

Sep 16, 2022
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Rina Sawayama - Hold the Girl review: An enjoyably unpredictable world

The genre-masher returns with another burst of chaotic excess

Sep 16, 2022
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Oliver Sim - Hideous Bastard review: Couldn’t be more personal

Away from his Mercury Prize-winning band, Oliver Sim’s own identity comes into focus

Sep 9, 2022
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John Legend - Legend review: Long, loved-up and ultimately lacklustre

With 24 songs but no great experimentation, the American’s eighth studio album doesn’t live up to its billing

Sep 9, 2022
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Who are the 2022 Mercury Prize nominees? We’ve got the lowdown

Your album-by-album lowdown on this year’s contenders, from euphoric rock to a Cornish-language cracker

Sep 5, 2022
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Yungblud self-titled album review: Third record is most appealing yet

He’s still a magpie for the old stuff but the musical quality has been given a welcome reset

Sep 2, 2022
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Two Door Cinema Club - Keep On Smiling review: Renewed energy

Five albums is quite a feat in indie pop but this one fizzes with new purpose

Sep 2, 2022
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Muse - Will of the People review: A raucous, ridiculous crowd-pleaser

Even for Muse, this is an album of extremes

Aug 26, 2022
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Ezra Furman - All of Us Flames review: Moving on from despair

In contrast to the pure punk anger of her last album, Ezra Furman now sounds beatifically calm

Aug 26, 2022
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Aitch - Close to Home review: Burning with hit-making ambition

The 22-year-old’s debut album is full of brags, bruises and a bursting desire to take his music to the masses

Aug 19, 2022
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Panic! At The Disco - Viva Las Vengeance review: A classic-rock riot

It’s hard to resist the energy summoned by Brendon Urie on this Seventies-inspired record

Aug 19, 2022
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Panda Bear & Sonic Boom - Reset review: Retro, joyful psychedelia

The Spacemen 3 and Animal Collective musicians unite for an album full of magical nostalgia

Aug 12, 2022
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Danger Mouse & Black Thought - Cheat Codes: Songs with a vintage air

Densely layered and sophisticated, these tracks immediately feel like familiar favourites

Aug 12, 2022
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Kasabian - The Alchemist’s Euphoria review: Keeping the flames alive

Serge Pizzorno steps into the frontman role on the Leicester band’s punchy seventh album

Aug 5, 2022
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Beyoncé - Renaissance review: precision-tooled dancefloor euphoria

Geared towards lighting up the club (and TikTok), this is Queen Bey’s most upbeat collection yet

Jul 29, 2022
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Maggie Rogers - Surrender review: Back from school with songs for life

Rogers followed up a Grammy win by enrolling in university, but this album should mean she doesn’t have to apply for any grad jobs

Jul 29, 2022
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Beyoncé’s evolution to ultimate Queen B in eight iconic moments

As the star prepares to release her new album, we look at the pivotal points that took her from Destiny’s Child to the biggest diva on the planet

Jul 28, 2022
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Jamie T - The Theory of Whatever review: Strange sounds worth the wait

Back after six years, the Wimbledon-born musician proves why so many missed him so much

Jul 22, 2022
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Jack White - Entering Heaven Alive review: Sunday morning tunes

White’s latest release is very much a sensible Jekyll to his last album’s Hyde

Jul 22, 2022