The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Category Best New Music

REVIEW: The 1975 – ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ (Dirty Hit / Polydor)

Listening to The 1975 trying to actively forge an intelligent, overarching statement in an era when sincerity has long since died makes ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ arguably the most relevant pop album this decade.

REVIEW: boygenius – ‘boygenius’ EP (Matador)

A collaborative effort between Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus, ‘boygenius’ is an imperious display of empathy and brilliant songwriting.

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: Robyn – ‘Honey’ (Island / Universal / Konichiwa)

Robyn is back, at long last, breathing fresh air into pop music with her first album in eight years, and ‘Honey’ only shows how much her presence was needed.

REVIEW: Cloud Nothings – ‘Last Building Burning’ (Wichita / P.I.A.S.)

Regaining the screaming, cathartic impetus they had lost the last time out, Dylan Baldi’s Cloud Nothings hit top form with fifth album ‘Last Building Burning’.

REVIEW: John Grant – ‘Love Is Magic’ (Bella Union)

John Grant’s fourth album ‘Love Is Magic’ is an Eighties pop extravaganza that crystallizes the absurdity and vulnerability of romantic and sexual experiences.

REVIEW: Twenty One Pilots – ‘Trench’ (Fueled By Ramen)

‘Trench’ is the mature and well-crafted Twenty One Pilots album to date, achieving tonal coherence and with some of the best production in current alternative music and an intriguing dystopian narrative thread running through it.