The Student Playlist

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Posts by Ellie Wolf

REVIEW: Foster The People – ‘Sacred Hearts Club’ (Columbia / Sony)

Probably now doomed to be remembered as a one-hit wonder, Foster The People’s utterly inoffensive third album ‘Sacred Hearts Club’ completely lacks originality.

REVIEW: HAIM – ‘Something To Tell You’ (Polydor)

Having spent nearly four years on it, ‘Something To Tell You’ sees HAIM return with their critic and public-pleasing formula fully intact.

REVIEW: Washed Out – ‘Mister Mellow’ (Stones Throw)

Ernest Greene’s third full-length Washed Out album is perfectly functional and enjoyable, but fails to push the boundaries of chillwave in any discernible direction.

REVIEW: The Drums – ‘Abysmal Thoughts’ (Anti-)

Now simply a solo vehicle for singer Jonny Pierce, the fourth Drums record is perfectly fine but doesn’t take any risks or offer many variations of the formula.

REVIEW: Amber Coffman – ‘City Of No Reply’ (Columbia / Sony)

Amber Coffman’s first solo album after leaving Dirty Projectors, ‘City Of No Reply’, is sadly far too polite and inoffensive to be memorable enough.

REVIEW: Alt-J – ‘Relaxer’ (Infectious / Atlantic)

While it contains some exceptional highlights, ‘Relaxer’ finds Alt-J often struggling to find their footing on an admirably bold third album.

REVIEW: Feist – ‘Pleasure’ (Universal)

‘Pleasure’, Leslie Feist’s first album in six years, shows that her strange, playful power has not diminished with time.

REVIEW: Wire – ‘Silver/Lead’ (pinkflag)

Post-punk legends Wire’s 16th album ‘Silver/Lead’, their third in as many years, puts many of today’s guitar groups to shame.

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