The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Category Reviews

REVIEW: Iggy Pop – ‘Free’ (Loma Vista / Caroline)

Covering louche indie-rock, free jazz and spoken-word meditations, the creativity of Iggy Pop’s ‘Free’ is remarkable for an artist now in his seventies.

REVIEW: Whitney – ‘Forever Turned Around’ (Secretly Canadian)

Three years in the making, Whitney’s second album ‘Forever Turned Around’ is just like its predecessor: earnest yet refreshingly free.

REVIEW: Black Belt Eagle Scout – ‘At The Party With My Brown Friends’ (Saddle Creek)

Katherine Paul’s second Black Belt Eagle Scout album in barely over a year, ‘At The Party With My Brown Friends’ lacks some of the gut-punching immediacy of its predecessor.

REVIEW: Tool – ‘Fear Inoculum’ (Tool Dissectional / Volcano)

On ‘Fear Inoculum’, their first album in 13 years, Tool have not only managed to retain their finesse and sense of identity, but also their ambition to experiment.

REVIEW: Lana Del Rey – ‘Norman Fucking Rockwell!’ (Polydor / Interscope)

Never before have Lana Del Rey’s various aesthetics sounded more genuine, and in service of a singular sentiment, than on ‘Norman Fucking Rockwell!’

REVIEW: Velvet Negroni – ‘Neon Brown’ (4AD)

Jeremy Nutzmann’s first proper Velvet Negroni album ‘Neon Brown’ blurs and erases the lines between genres.

REVIEW: Ezra Furman – ‘Twelve Nudes’ (Bella Union)

Returning to a more basic, garage-punk sound, ‘Twelve Nudes’ is a short, consistent blast of intelligence and energy directed at the parlous state of society in 2019.

REVIEW: Jay Som – ‘Anak Ko’ (Lucky Number)

Melina Duterte brings collaborators on board for her second Jay Som album ‘Anak Ko’, and successfully expands her original bedroom pop vision.

REVIEW: Modern Nature – ‘How To Live’ (Bella Union)

One can only hope that Modern Nature isn’t a one-off project for former Ultimate Painting star Jack Cooper, as ‘How To Live’ is a faultless gem of indie-folk.