The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

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REVIEW: Sleaford Mods – ‘Spare Ribs’ (Rough Trade)

Fizzing with acidic wit and eloquent anger, ‘Spare Ribs’ is Sleaford Mods’ most sonically adventurous album so far, and one of their very best.

REVIEW: Lanterns On The Lake – ‘The Realist’ EP (Bella Union’

‘The Realist’ is an understated, graceful companion to Lanterns On The Lake’s exceptional ‘Spook The Herd’, and a perfect end to an era.

REVIEW: The Avalanches – ‘We Will Always Love You’ (Modular)

Backed by a massive cast of impressive guest stars, The Avalanches’ third LP ‘We Will Always Love You’ is imperfect but contains many thrills.

REVIEW: Dirty Projectors – ‘5EPs’ (Domino)

David Longstreth shares the songwriting duties with his bandmates on the ‘5EPs’ project, and Dirty Projectors are a reborn creative force.

REVIEW: Taylor Swift – ‘evermore’ (Republic)

A sonically similar companion piece to ‘folklore’, Taylor Swift’s ‘evermore’ is lush and detailed both lyrically and musically.

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: Phoebe Bridgers – ‘If We Make It Through December’ EP (Dead Oceans)

Gathering up four years’ worth of festive covers in a one-off EP titled ‘If We Make It Through December’, Phoebe Bridgers nails the more reflective aspects of Christmas perfectly.

REVIEW: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘K.G.’ (KGLW)

Overuse of microtonal riffs and progressions leads to the first falter of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard’s industrious career on 16th album ‘K.G.’

REVIEW: The Cribs – ‘Night Network’ (Sonic Blew / P.I.A.S.)

An artistic and emotional triumph, The Cribs’ eighth album ‘Night Network’ finds the brothers Jarman in e

REVIEW: Mamalarky – ‘Mamalarky’ (Fire Talk)

Lo-fi but polished and precise, the self-titled debut from Mamalarky is the result of deep musical knowledge and meticulous attention to detail.