The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics


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.

REVIEW: Jimmy Eat World ‘Integrity Blues’ (RCA)

Integrity Blues is a sonically cohesive and very well produced album that will satisfy both old and new listeners.

REVIEW: Kings Of Leon – ‘WALLS’ (RCA)

Seventh album ‘WALLS’ continues to provide the anthemic thrills that we’re now accustomed to, but is ultimately an unsurprising and uninspiring listen.

REVIEW: David Bowie – ‘Blackstar’ (RCA / ISO)

by Ed Biggs For nearly fifty years, David Bowie has made a career from leaving his past behind him and forging a path for the future, for music as well as himself, making some of the most forward-thinking and celebrated and varied pop in the history of the genre and inspiring countless hundreds of other innovative artists. Truly, his is one of the most totemic reputations in all of popular culture,

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REVIEW: Cage The Elephant – ‘Tell Me I’m Pretty’ (RCA)

by John Tindale Tell Me I’m Pretty, the fourth album release by Kentucky alt-rockers Cage The Elephant sees the band at a lull in their career. After their initial success with hits ‘Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked’ and ‘Shake Me Down’, the band now face the task of living up to the hype they had four years ago. Unfortunately, what they’ve come up with only serves as a reminder as

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