The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

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REVIEW: James Blake – ‘Before’ EP (Republic / Polydor)

Arguably James Blake’s most out-and-out dancefloor orientated work yet, ‘Before’ is a reminder of what we’re missing under lockdown.

REVIEW: Phantogram – ‘Ceremony’ (Republic)

Sarah Barthel and Josh Carter’s fourth Phantogram album ‘Ceremony’ is like a well-acted film without a strong enough story.

REVIEW: Greta Van Fleet – ‘Anthem Of The Peaceful Army’ (Republic)

Greta Van Fleet explore ’70s rock more broadly and expertly than some critics have admitted, but ‘Anthem Of The Peaceful Army’ is a pretty shallow experience.

REVIEW: Lord Huron – ‘Vide Noir’ (Republic)

Adding new elements to their folk-rock sound, Lord Huron’s third album ‘Vide Noir’ makes the step up to major label in style.

REVIEW: The Weeknd – ‘My Dear Melancholy,’ (XO / Republic)

A surprise mini-album released in time for Easter, ‘My Dear Melancholy’ sees Abel Tesfaye leaning a little more towards his origins and away from the fanbase-splitting ‘Starboy’.

REVIEW: Lorde – ‘Melodrama’ (Lava / Republic)

The outrageously talented Ella Yelich-O’Connor doubles down on her existing sound for her second full-length album ‘Melodrama’.

REVIEW: Phantogram – ‘Three’ (Republic)

While Phantogram will undoubtedly reach the ears of a greater audience with better production on ‘Three’, it’s unlikely to make any lasting impressions.

REVIEW: Drake – ‘Views’ (OVO Sound / Young Money / Cash Money / Boy Better Know / Republic)

by John Tindale Widely known and hyped up as Views From The 6 until approximately 24 hours before his release before he ‘did a Kanye’, Views provides an insight into Drake‘s home city of Toronto. However, at a painfully long 81 minutes, this fourth album proper feels overly self-indulgent and too far of a return from the excellent 2015 mixtape-album If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late to a re-tread of

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