The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

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REVIEW: Titus Andronicus – ‘An Obelisk’ (Merge)

Stripped back and emotionally direct, it’s difficult not to see the bar-room rock leanings of ‘An Obelisk’ as an over-correction in reaction to last year’s ‘A Productive Cough’.

REVIEW: Hot Chip – ‘A Bath Full Of Ecstasy’ (Domino)

Another charmingly inconsistent collection strewn with incredible highlights from Hot Chip on seventh album ‘A Bath Full Of Ecstasy’.

REVIEW: Bad Breeding – ‘Exiled’ (One Little Indian)

Anarcho-punks Bad Breeding display more sonic ambition on third album ‘Exiled’, but their masterpiece is still out of reach.

REVIEW: Burial – ‘Claustro / State Forest’ EP (Hyperdub)

It’s nothing new or revolutionary, but Burial’s latest EP ‘Claustro / State Forest’ is the latest instalment in a fine body of work.

REVIEW: Calexico / Iron & Wine – ‘Years To Burn’ (Sub Pop / City Slang)

14 years on from their last collaboration, Calexico and Sam Beam once again demonstrate their creative affinity for each other on ‘Years To Burn’.

REVIEW: Mattiel – ‘Satis Factory’ (Heavenly / P.I.A.S.)

Mattiel’s second studio album ‘Satis Factory’ doesn’t dwell much on detail but delivers on nostalgia-infused garage rock.

REVIEW: Bruce Springsteen – ‘Western Stars’ (Columbia)

Bedecked with lush strings, sweeping vistas and a cast of restless characters, Bruce Springsteen’s 19th album ‘Western Stars’ displays more passion and drive than bands a third his age.

REVIEW: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – ‘Black Star Dancing’ EP (Sour Mash)

The first of three planned EPs for 2019, ‘Black Star Dancing’ sees Noel Gallagher venture even further into unconventional territory, but with mixed results.

REVIEW: Yeasayer – ‘Erotic Reruns’ (Yeasayer)

They were so bizarre when they emerged back in 2007, but Yeasayer are losing their edge with every passing album in 2019 on ‘Erotic Reruns’.