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REVIEW: Kendrick Lamar – ‘DAMN’ (Top Dawg Entertainment / Interscope / Aftermath)

Whether ‘DAMN’ will be the cultural crossover its predecessor was remains to be seen, but what is clear is that Kendrick Lamar’s fourth album is another glorious record.

REVIEW: James Blake – ‘The Colour In Anything’ (Polydor / 1-800 Dinosaur)

by Ed Biggs Throughout his short but dazzling career thusfar, James Blake has always come across as somebody determined to re-cast electronic music into something deep, innovative and distinctively modern. Anyone who heard his chilling, minimalist deconstruction of Feist’s ‘Limit To Your Love’ half a decade ago, a demonstration of his ability to say so much with so little, to utilise the silence in and around his skeletal music to his

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The 100 Greatest Albums of the 2010s… So Far

To adapt that famous misquotation attributed to Mark Twain, reports of the album’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Ever since the turn of the millennium, conventional wisdom has had it that the traditional long-player is on its way out, an arcane format out of time with the digital world that will cede inexorably to a future of singles and playlists. But while many artists have experimented with what an album

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