The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Posts by Benita Barden

REVIEW: Chase & Status – ‘RTRN II JUNGLE’ (Virgin EMI / Mercury)

Saul Milton and Will Kennard’s fifth Chase & Status album ‘RTRN II JUNGLE’ struggles to become anything more significant than a flat genre exercise.

REVIEW: Lizzo – ‘Cuz I Love You’ (WEA)

Flitting between heartbreak, female empowerment and braggadoccio, ‘Cuz I Love You’ should finally see Lizzo break into the mainstream.

REVIEW: Jenny Lewis – ‘On The Line’ (WEA)

The first album from former Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis in five years, ‘On The Line’ is an immersive break-up album with a polished surface of nostalgia.

REVIEW: Our Girl – ‘Stranger Today’ (Cannibal Hymns)

Melding sonorous guitars, pounding drums and reverb-drenched vocals, Brighton trio Our Girl deliver a solid indie-rock debut with ‘Stranger Today’.

CLASSIC ’90s: Lauryn Hill – ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’

Although she has still not followed it up, ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’ remains one of the most influential American records of the Nineties.

REVIEW: Trust Fund – ‘Bringing The Backline’ (Ellis N Jones)

Picking apart the minutiae of his life with self-deprecating honesty with fifth and final album ‘Bringing The Backline’, Ellis Jones’ project Trust Fund will be sorely missed.

REVIEW: The Carters – ‘EVERYTHING IS LOVE’ (Parkwood / Sony / Roc Nation)

Beyonce and Jay-Z put their personal lives under the spotlight on ‘EVERYTHING IS LOVE’, an enjoyable if somewhat flawed trap-influenced album.

REVIEW: SOPHIE – ‘Oil Of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides’ (Transgressive / P.I.A.S.)

Pop music’s most talked-about background figure SOPHIE gives us a glimpse of the artist behind the enigma with a thrilling and hyper-real debut album ‘Oil Of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides’.

REVIEW: LUMP – ‘LUMP’ (Dead Oceans)

‘LUMP’, a collaboration between Laura Marling and Tunng’s Mike Lindsay, feels like you’re right in the studio amid the exchange of ideas.

REVIEW: Cardi B – ‘Invasion Of Privacy’ (Atlantic)

A divisive figure releases what’s likely to be a divisive debut album, but Cardi B’s ‘Invasion Of Privacy’ is undeniably an entertaining listen.

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