The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Posts by Harry Beynon

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.

CLASSIC ’90s: Green Day – ‘Dookie’

A flagstone for the mainstream success of pop-punk in the Nineties, the youthful energy of Green Day’s third album ‘Dookie’ is timeless.

REVIEW: J Mascis – ‘Elastic Days’ (Sub Pop)

It’s very much business as usual on Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis’ latest solo offering ‘Elastic Days’ – and that’s a really great thing.

REVIEW: The Prodigy – ‘No Tourists’ (BMG / Take Me To The Hospital)

Much more than just battle-hardened survivors, The Prodigy’s latest album ‘No Tourists’ finds them in fresher form than at any point in the last decade.

REVIEW: Greta Van Fleet – ‘Anthem Of The Peaceful Army’ (Republic)

Greta Van Fleet explore ’70s rock more broadly and expertly than some critics have admitted, but ‘Anthem Of The Peaceful Army’ is a pretty shallow experience.

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