The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Category New Album Releases

REVIEW: Everything Everything – ‘Re-Animator’ (AWAL)

Everything Everything’s attempts at creating bigger and bolder pop anthems on ‘Re-Animator’ fall flat as they delve too deeply into their influences and often discard what made them such an engaging band to begin with.

REVIEW: The Flaming Lips – ‘American Head’ (Bella Union / Warner Bros.)

A conscious re-tread of the whimsical psychedelia that established The Flaming Lips in the mainstream 20 years ago, ‘American Head’ is a qualified triumph.

REVIEW: Doves – ‘The Universal Want’ (Heavenly / Virgin)

Doves’ first album in 11 years, ‘The Universal Want’ is as original and soulful a comeback record as you’re ever likely to see.

REVIEW: Declan McKenna – ‘Zeros’ (Sony)

Declan McKenna matures and expands his sound on the glam-inspired ‘Zeros’, which brims with moments of vibrancy that outweigh the occasional over-exuberance.

REVIEW: JARV IS… – ‘Beyond The Pale’ (Rough Trade)

The live genesis of Jarvis Cocker’s latest project JARV IS… means that ‘Beyond The Pale’ has both its charms and flaws.

REVIEW: Bill Callahan – ‘Gold Record’ (Drag City)

A clearing house for old ideas, Bill Callahan’s ‘Gold Record’ gives off a cosy and instantly familiar feeling – and that’s a very good thing.

REVIEW: Disclosure – ‘ENERGY’ (Island)

Despite being titled ‘ENERGY’, the Lawrence brothers’ third Disclosure album often lacks the creative spark of ingenuity, content to rest in autopilot.

REVIEW: Kelly Lee Owens – ‘Inner Song’ (Smalltown Supersound)

More personal and wide-ranging than her 2017 breakout, ‘Inner Song’ shows Kelly Lee Owens to be one of the country’s finest electronic music artists.

REVIEW: Bright Eyes – ‘Down In The Weeds, Where The World Once Was’ (Dead Oceans)

The first Bright Eyes album in nine years, ‘Down In The Weeds, Where The World Once Was’ is a consistent and direct display of Conor Oberst’s songwriting power.

REVIEW: Bully – ‘SUGAREGG’ (Sub Pop)

Alicia Bognanno grows ever more confident on Bully’s third album ‘SUGAREGG’, a cathartic soundtrack to picking up the pieces and starting again.