The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Category New Album Releases

REVIEW: Panda Bear – ‘Buoys’ (Domino)

Full of watery and pristine production, Panda Bear’s latest solo album ‘Buoys’ is stylistically unified almost to a fault.

REVIEW: Bob Mould – ‘Sunshine Rock’ (Merge)

It’s business as usual for former Hüsker Dü frontman Bob Mould on his 13th solo album ‘Sunshine Rock’, one of the least gloomy and most reflective works he’s ever produced.

REVIEW: Xiu Xiu – ‘Girl With A Basket Of Fruit’ (Upset The Rhythm)

The 14th Xiu Xiu album ‘Girl With A Basket Of Fruit’ sees Jamie Stewart push their experimental tendencies even further than usual, and the results are astonishing.

REVIEW: HEALTH – ‘Vol. 4 :: Slaves Of Fear’ (Loma Vista)

HEALTH’s doom-laden noise rock formula is still compelling on ‘Vol. 4 :: Slaves Of Fear’, but needs to be melded with new ideas.

REVIEW: Pet Shop Boys – ‘Agenda’ EP (x2)

Caustic rather than corny, Pet Shop Boys show that pop and politics can mix on surprise new EP ‘Agenda’.

REVIEW: Yak – ‘Pursuit Of Momentary Happiness’ (Virgin EMI / Universal)

Yak’s second album ‘Pursuit Of Momentary Happiness’ is a study in the tunnel-vision madness of the creative process and striving to get what you want.

REVIEW: White Lies – ‘FIVE’ (P.I.A.S.)

A decade into their career, White Lies show more signs of evolving their grey, monolithic post-punk sound than ever before on ‘FIVE’.

REVIEW: Beirut – ‘Gallipoli’ (4AD)

Zach Condon’s latest Beirut album ‘Gallipoli’ finds him failing to re-capture the enthusiasm of his early efforts, but not maturing enough as a songwriter to move on either.

REVIEW: Girlpool – ‘What Chaos Is Imaginary’ (Anti-)

Girlpool’s third studio album ‘What Chaos Is Imaginary’ is uncharacteristically lethargic and lacking in ideas compared to their previous records.

REVIEW: Ian Brown – ‘Ripples’ (Virgin EMI / Polydor)

Despite a handful of compelling moments, Ian Brown’s first solo album in a decade ‘Ripples’ sounds unfinished and under-produced.