The Student Playlist

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REVIEW: Fontaines D.C. – ‘Dogrel’ (Partisan)

Grasping a much-ignored truth that poetry and romance have a place in punk rock, Fontaines D.C.’s debut album ‘Dogrel’ is a modern classic.

REVIEW: The Chemical Brothers – ‘No Geography’ (Virgin EMI)

Looking to their past for inspiration but skillfully avoiding the traps of cheap nostalgia, ‘No Geography’ is the best Chemical Brothers album in 20 years.

REVIEW: PUP – ‘Morbid Stuff’ (Rise Records / BMG)

Teaching listeners to embrace their dysfunctions, ‘Morbid Stuff’ is the angriest and yet most empathetic PUP record to date.

REVIEW: Idlewild – ‘Interview Music’ (Empty Word)

Mixing their literacy and charm with a new-found love for the off-kilter and psychedelic, ‘Interview Music’ is Idlewild’s best album in 15 years.

REVIEW: The Drums – ‘Brutalism’ (Anti-)

Jonny Pierce’s songwriting maintains its sense of purpose on ‘Brutalism’, as he continues to marshal The Drums solo.

REVIEW: Brutus – ‘Nest’ (Sargent House)

Belgian trio Brutus meld post-hardcore, black metal and hard rock to make some thrilling compounds on their sophomore album ‘Nest’.

REVIEW: Nilüfer Yanya – ‘Miss Universe’ (ATO / P.I.A.S.)

A confident album of narrative alt-rock world building, Nilüfer Yanya’s debut record ‘Miss Universe’ introduces the public to a fresh voice.

REVIEW: Mashrou’ Leila – ‘The Beirut School’ (Shoop! Shoop!)

Spanning 10 years, three albums and an EP, ‘The Beirut School’ is an excellent snapshot of what makes Lebanese indie-pop activists Mashrou’ Leila so compelling.