The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

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REVIEW: Taylor Swift – ‘Reputation’ (Big Machine)

‘Reputation’ sees Taylor Swift examine her relationship with the media and the nature of fame, but one can’t help feeling that she could have taken more musical risks.

LIVE REVIEW: Catholic Action @ Headrow House, Leeds

Glasgow’s Catholic Action played a sumptuous, hit-packed but rather brief set that left us tingling for more.

REVIEW: Julien Baker – ‘Turn Out The Lights’ (Matador)

Her second album and first for prestigious indie Matador, ‘Turn Out The Lights’ is another impressive showcase for Julien Baker and her considerable songwriting talent.

REVIEW: Catholic Action – ‘In Memory Of’ (Modern Sky)

‘In Memory Of’ certainly doesn’t want for memorable tunes, but Catholic Action haven’t quite delivered the brilliant debut that many had hoped. It’s a very good start, though!

REVIEW: The Killers – ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ (Island / UMG)

The first album from The Killers in five years, ‘Wonderful Wonderful’, sees the band struggling to break with their old ways, but only sometimes sucessfully.

REVIEW: Superfood – ‘Bambino’ (Dirty Hit)

Promising indie four-piece Superfood call in the musical reinforcements for their second album ‘Bambino’, and the quality is consistent enough to suggest a real long-term future is in store for them.

REVIEW: The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – ‘The Echo Of Pleasure’ (Painbow Music)

Kip Berman resurrects The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart for a first album in nearly four years, and it contains all the elements that made them great without really pushing the envelope.

REVIEW: Iron & Wine – ‘Beast Epic’ (Sub Pop / Black Cricket)

Sam Beam’s sixth Iron & Wine album ‘Beast Epic’ sticks very closely to the same formula that’s made him such a celebrated figure in the indie/folk scene for so many years.

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