The Student Playlist

New and Classic Music Reviews, Playlists and Podcasts

Category New Album Releases

REVIEW: Beth Ditto – ‘Fake Sugar’ (Myra’s Child / Virgin)

The former Gossip frontwoman releases her debut solo album ‘Fake Sugar’, but it fails to live up to past glories.

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: Lorde – ‘Melodrama’ (Lava / Republic)

The outrageously talented Ella Yelich-O’Connor doubles down on her existing sound for her second full-length album ‘Melodrama’.

REVIEW: Royal Blood – ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’ (Warner Bros.)

Following their meteoric rise to the top three years ago, Royal Blood stick to their guns and offer up more punishing riffage on ‘How Did We Get So Dark?’

REVIEW: Cigarettes After Sex – ‘Cigarettes After Sex’ (Partisan Records)

Much of the hype leading up to ‘Cigarettes After Sex’ originated from the maturity shown in the group’s writing, though little of that is evidenced here.

REVIEW: London Grammar – ‘Truth Is A Beautiful Thing’ (Ministry of Sound / Sony)

After a four year wait, London Grammar play things very conservatively on their second album, opting to refine and polish the sound of the first rather than break new ground.

REVIEW: SZA – ‘Ctrl’ (Top Dawg / RCA)

SZA’s much-anticipated debut album ‘Ctrl’ delivers handsomely, full of insightful and on-message slow jams and genre-mashing fun.

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.