The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

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REVIEW: Everything Everything – ‘Re-Animator’ (AWAL)

Everything Everything’s attempts at creating bigger and bolder pop anthems on ‘Re-Animator’ fall flat as they delve too deeply into their influences and often discard what made them such an engaging band to begin with.

REVIEW: The Flaming Lips – ‘American Head’ (Bella Union / Warner Bros.)

A conscious re-tread of the whimsical psychedelia that established The Flaming Lips in the mainstream 20 years ago, ‘American Head’ is a qualified triumph.

REVIEW: Bill Callahan – ‘Gold Record’ (Drag City)

A clearing house for old ideas, Bill Callahan’s ‘Gold Record’ gives off a cosy and instantly familiar feeling – and that’s a very good thing.

REVIEW: Disclosure – ‘ENERGY’ (Island)

Despite being titled ‘ENERGY’, the Lawrence brothers’ third Disclosure album often lacks the creative spark of ingenuity, content to rest in autopilot.

REVIEW: Bright Eyes – ‘Down In The Weeds, Where The World Once Was’ (Dead Oceans)

The first Bright Eyes album in nine years, ‘Down In The Weeds, Where The World Once Was’ is a consistent and direct display of Conor Oberst’s songwriting power.

REVIEW: Bully – ‘SUGAREGG’ (Sub Pop)

Alicia Bognanno grows ever more confident on Bully’s third album ‘SUGAREGG’, a cathartic soundtrack to picking up the pieces and starting again.

REVIEW: The Lemon Twigs – ‘Songs For The General Public’ (4AD)

The D’Addario brothers’ third album ‘Songs For The General Public’ is the most effective realisation of their aesthetic of classic rock and pop influences so far.

REVIEW: Lily McKown – ‘Backseat Driver’ (self-released)

An accomplished debut album of understated, atmospheric folk-rock from Philadelphian Lily McKown that leaves space for future growth.