The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Posts by Harry Beynon

REVIEW: Lewis Capaldi – ‘Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent’ (Virgin EMI)

Machine-tooled for success to the point that it’s utterly unremarkable, the debut album from Lewis Capaldi almost defies analysis.

REVIEW: Durand Jones & The Indications – ‘American Love Call’ (Dead Oceans)

A politicised and socially aware update on their debut, full of soulful and orchestrated swells, ‘American Love Call’ sees Durand Jones & The Indications get serious.

REVIEW: SOAK – ‘Grim Town’ (Rough Trade)

A loose concept album of hope and strength in the face of disillusionment, Bridie Monds-Watson’s second SOAK album ‘Grim Town’ is a leap forwards.

REVIEW: Cage The Elephant – ‘Social Cues’ (RCA / Sony)

‘Social Cues’ represents a significant revival of artistic fortunes for Matt Shultz and Cage The Elephant.

REVIEW: Brutus – ‘Nest’ (Sargent House)

Belgian trio Brutus meld post-hardcore, black metal and hard rock to make some thrilling compounds on their sophomore album ‘Nest’.

REVIEW: Mashrou’ Leila – ‘The Beirut School’ (Shoop! Shoop!)

Spanning 10 years, three albums and an EP, ‘The Beirut School’ is an excellent snapshot of what makes Lebanese indie-pop activists Mashrou’ Leila so compelling.

REVIEW: Sundara Karma – ‘Ulfilas’ Alphabet’ (Sony)

Sundara Karma emulate the glories of their debut with second album ‘Ulfilas’ Alphabet’, this time relying more on texture than anthemic songwriting.

REVIEW: Drenge – ‘Strange Creatures’ (Infectious)

On their third album ‘Strange Creatures’, Drenge tweak and experiment with their hard, fast and loud post-grunge racket, with compelling results.

REVIEW: Bob Mould – ‘Sunshine Rock’ (Merge)

It’s business as usual for former Hüsker Dü frontman Bob Mould on his 13th solo album ‘Sunshine Rock’, one of the least gloomy and most reflective works he’s ever produced.

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