On his second album ‘404’, Barns Courtney sounds like he’s hanging desperately on to the coat-tails of others as he beats a path to commercial success.
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.
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.
‘Blood Year’, the seventh album by Canadian post-metal stalwarts Russian Circles, is sadly their weakest and most inconsistent record to date.
Another charmingly inconsistent collection strewn with incredible highlights from Hot Chip on seventh album ‘A Bath Full Of Ecstasy’.
14 years on from their last collaboration, Calexico and Sam Beam once again demonstrate their creative affinity for each other on ‘Years To Burn’.
Thrilling riffs and humorous lyrics make the four-year wait for the new Dinosaur Pile-Up album ‘Celebrity Mansions’ worth it.
Following some years out of favour, ‘Californication’ saw Red Hot Chili Peppers and John Frusciante completely restore their critical and commercial fortunes.
Striking out on her own, Stina Tweeddale’s third Honeyblood album ‘In Plain Sight’ is a successful venture of sharp, incisive tracks.
Machine-tooled for success to the point that it’s utterly unremarkable, the debut album from Lewis Capaldi almost defies analysis.