The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Category Reviews

REVIEW: Marika Hackman – ‘Any Human Friend’ (AMF / Virgin EMI)

On ‘Any Human Friend’, Marika Hackman reclaims female sexuality in pop music and redefines it on her terms, through truthful and passionate songwriting.

REVIEW: Bon Iver – ‘i, i’ (Jagjaguwar)

Justin Vernon’s fourth Bon Iver album ‘i, i’ emphasises the balance that needs to be struck between community and the individual, and is his warmest music yet.

REVIEW: Ty Segall – ‘First Taste’ (Drag City)

Forsaking the electric guitar for the first time in his career, Ty Segall’s latest studio creation ‘First Taste’ still manages to convincingly re-create his psych-garage style.

REVIEW: Clairo – ‘Immunity’ (Clairo / FADER)

Two years on from her instant viral success, Claire Cottrill’s first proper Clairo album ‘Immunity’ showcases a vulnerable yet composed and open-minded artist.

REVIEW: Russian Circles – ‘Blood Year’ (Sargent House)

‘Blood Year’, the seventh album by Canadian post-metal stalwarts Russian Circles, is sadly their weakest and most inconsistent record to date.

REVIEW: Mini Mansions – ‘Guy Walks Into A Bar…’ (Fiction)

With their carefully observed retro pop stylings, Mini Mansions should sound far more enjoyable and effortless than they do on ‘Guy Walks Into A Bar…’

REVIEW: Kaiser Chiefs – ‘Duck’ (Polydor / Universal)

Kaiser Chiefs once accurately expressed dissatisfaction with the modern world, but now that 2019 is genuinely a mess, they’re making prosaic, generic ‘anthems’ with no distinguishing qualities.

REVIEW: Chance The Rapper – ‘The Big Day’ (self-released)

Chance The Rapper’s first official album ‘The Big Day’ showcases Chancelor Bennett’s obvious talents, and addresses maturity and responsibility, but buckles under the weight of its ambition.

REVIEW: Slaves – ‘The Velvet Ditch’ EP (Virgin EMI / Universal)

Compared to the leap forwards of Slaves’ most recent album, ‘The Velvet Ditch’ sounds like an afterthought, with the exception of one stunning moment.

REVIEW: The Flaming Lips – ‘King’s Mouth’ (Bella Union)

A concept album revolving around a giant baby ruling a city, ‘King’s Mouth’ represents another good access point to the weird and wonderful world of The Flaming Lips.