The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Posts by Andy Ciardella

REVIEW: Smashing Pumpkins – ‘CYR’ (Sumerian / Martha’s Music)

Smashing Pumpkins’ ambition exceeds their grasp on ‘CYR’, but at least it’s admirably and respectably different for them.

REVIEW: Bruce Springsteen – ‘Letter To You’ (Columbia)

Featuring key members of the E Street Band live in the studio with minimal post-production, ‘Letter To You’ is as energetic as Bruce Springsteen has ever sounded.

REVIEW: Bright Eyes – ‘Down In The Weeds, Where The World Once Was’ (Dead Oceans)

The first Bright Eyes album in nine years, ‘Down In The Weeds, Where The World Once Was’ is a consistent and direct display of Conor Oberst’s songwriting power.

REVIEW: Lily McKown – ‘Backseat Driver’ (self-released)

An accomplished debut album of understated, atmospheric folk-rock from Philadelphian Lily McKown that leaves space for future growth.

REVIEW: Washed Out – ‘Purple Noon’ (Sub Pop)

‘Purple Noon’ sees Ernest Greene taking few risks with his Washed Out sound, but the results are nonetheless pleasing.

REVIEW: Dehd – ‘Flower Of Devotion’ (Fire Talk)

On ‘Flower Of Devotion’, Chicago post-punk trio Dehd make the most of the opportunity to expand their sound and still sound recognisable.