The Student Playlist

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REVIEW: Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks – ‘Sparkle Hard’ (Domino)

Now in his fifties, Stephen Malkmus’s appetite for casually experimenting with his mellifluous indie-rock sound is only getting more voracious, as ‘Sparkle Hard’ demonstrates.

REVIEW: Courtney Barnett – ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’ (Milk! / Mom + Pop / Marathon)

‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’ sees Courtney Barnett aim for a richer, darker and more harrowing sound for her sophomore effort, and it feels like a natural and successful musical evolution.

REVIEW: Ash – ‘Islands’ (BMG / Infectious)

Seventh album ‘Islands’ finds Ash in dynamic but uneven form, with the slower tracks and ballads edging out their regular pop-punk glories for the first time ever.

REVIEW: Charlie Puth – ‘Voicenotes’ (Atlantic)

Given almost total control of his artistic vision, Charlie Puth comes up with a well-produced but ultimately weightless sophomore album in ‘Voicenotes’.

REVIEW: Simian Mobile Disco – ‘Murmurations’ (Wichita / P.I.A.S.)

Simian Mobile Disco’s sixth album ‘Murmurations’ is yet another strong addition to an inventive and evolving body of work.

REVIEW: Beach House – ‘7’ (Bella Union)

On ‘7’, Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally make their most dramatic alterations yet to the tried-and-tested Beach House formula, and it’s a creative risk that pays off handsomely.

REVIEW: Arctic Monkeys – ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ (Domino)

Alex Turner has certainly split the Arctic Monkeys fanbase with ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’, one of the strangest and most divisive albums to come from a major artist in a very long time.

REVIEW: Skating Polly – ‘The Make It All Show’ (El Camino)

Skating Polly’s fifth album ‘The Make It All Show’ is loud, dynamic and graceful, and the kind of record a band makes when its at the peak of its imperial phase.