The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

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REVIEW: Lykke Li – ‘so sad so sexy’ (RCA)

After a decade of being one of alternative pop’s most compelling underdog figures, ‘so sad so sexy’ is a disappointment for Lykke Li, feeling like she’s diluted herself to conform to the sound of modern pop.

REVIEW: Tinashe – ‘Joyride’ (RCA / Sony)

Tinashe’s third album ‘Joyride’ displays plenty of vocal talent, but her presence is often obscured by her male collaborators.

REVIEW: The Voidz – ‘Virtue’ (RCA / Sony)

Julian Casablancas’ side-project The Voidz returns with its second LP ‘Virtue’, which transcends its overly long and experimental nature to be a largely enjoyable listen.

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: Foo Fighters – ‘Concrete And Gold’ (RCA / Roswell)

After 20 years and nine Foo Fighters albums of straight-down-the-line power rock, you know what to expect from ‘Concrete And Gold’. But is that really enough?

CLASSIC ’70s: Iggy Pop – ‘Lust For Life’

Housing two of his most famous hits, Iggy Pop’s second solo album ‘Lust For Life’ turned a proto-punk icon into a mainstream star.

REVIEW: Grizzly Bear – ‘Painted Ruins’ (RCA)

‘Painted Ruins’, Grizzly Bear’s first album since 2012, contains many of the same sounds but falls slightly short of the glories of ‘Veckatimest’ and ‘Shields’.

REVIEW: SZA – ‘Ctrl’ (Top Dawg / RCA)

SZA’s much-anticipated debut album ‘Ctrl’ delivers handsomely, full of insightful and on-message slow jams and genre-mashing fun.

REVIEW: GoldLink – ‘At What Cost’ (RCA)

After two acclaimed mixtapes, GoldLink makes his major label debut with the solidly enjoyable ‘At What Cost’.

CLASSIC ’70s: David Bowie – ‘Low’

Arguably the most radical reinvention of David Bowie’s chameleonic career, ‘Low’ is one of the very finest artistic achievements of the 1970s.

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