The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Category New Album Releases

REVIEW: Ought – ‘Room Inside The World’ (Merge)

Ought’s third studio album ‘Room Inside The World’ sees them temper their post-punk with a newfound darkness and beauty.

REVIEW: Twin Peaks – ‘Sweet ’17 Singles’ (Grand Jury Music)

Collecting 12 months’ worth of sporadic recording designed to be listened to individually, ‘Sweet ’17 Singles’ is perfectly enjoyable but doesn’t move Twin Peaks forward.

REVIEW: Franz Ferdinand – ‘Always Ascending’ (Domino)

With limited but highly enjoyable successes on their fifth album ‘Always Ascending’, Franz Ferdinand can still claim to have relevance in 2018.

REVIEW: MGMT – ‘Little Dark Age’ (Columbia)

It’s not quite the return to the days of ‘Kids’ and ‘Time To Pretend’, but MGMT’s fourth album ‘Little Dark Age’ is certainly their most focussed and pop-orientated in the decade since those glory days.

REVIEW: Ezra Furman – ‘Transangelic Exodus’ (Bella Union)

Ezra Furman’s latest album ‘Transangelic Exodus’ is dynamic and forward-looking in musical terms, and frees up its creator for his unique storytelling style.

REVIEW: Phobophobes – ‘Miniature World’ (Ra-Ra-Rok Records)

It’s been a long road marked with delays and tragedy, but Phobophobes’ debut album ‘Miniature World’ pays out on all their early promise.

REVIEW: Son Lux – ‘Brighter Wounds’ (City Slang)

Ryan Lott’s fifth Son Lux album ‘Brighter Wounds’ is the first one not to leave the listener dazzled, but it’s still a solid and rewarding effort.

REVIEW: Justin Timberlake – ‘Man Of The Woods’ (RCA)

A muddled mess of an album that sounds like a mid-life crisis being committed to record, ‘Man Of The Woods’ is an incoherent aberration from an artist who should know better.

REVIEW: Field Music – ‘Open Here’ (Memphis Industries)

Field Music do not disappoint with their seventh full-length release ‘Open Here’, an album full of mesmerizing arrangements and contemplative lyrics which play together in perfect harmony.