The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

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REVIEW: Goat Girl – ‘Goat Girl’ (Rough Trade)

Goat Girl’s self-titled debut album displays huge promise and compelling modern punk bile, but its structure of song sketches lets the band down.

REVIEW: The Decemberists – ‘I’ll Be Your Girl’ (Rough Trade)

The Decemberists’ eighth album ‘I’ll Be Your Girl’, branching out into electronic textures to complement their established indie-rock sensitivity, is only partly successful.

CULT ’80s: The Smiths – ‘Strangeways, Here We Come’

The Smiths’ fourth and final album ‘Strangeways, Here We Come’ is the sound of Morrissey and Marr trying very hard not to repeat themselves, and succeeding handsomely.

REVIEW: Anohni – ‘Paradise’ EP (Rough Trade)

A companion piece to ANOHNI’s ‘Hopelessness’ album last year, ‘Paradise’ is thought-provoking, politically relevant and musically exhilarating.

REVIEW: Sleaford Mods – ‘English Tapas’ (Rough Trade)

Sleaford Mods may be nine albums but they show no sign of slowing down with their tirade against all things pop-culture with ‘English Tapas’ – even if that include themselves.

REVIEW: Warpaint – ‘Heads Up’ (Rough Trade)

Despite areas of ‘Heads Up’ being more accessible than its predecessor, Warpaint continue to reap rewards from their intricate playing style.

CLASSIC ’80s: The Smiths – ‘The Queen Is Dead’

by Ed Biggs By 1986, nearly three years of quality singles and equally great albums and compilations had established The Smiths as one of the most consistently brilliant and distinctive guitar bands of the eighties, but they had yet to make an undisputed masterpiece – one of those instant, all-time classics that cement an artist’s place in pop history. 1984’s sepia-tinged, self-titled debut had established their trademark sound – jangly guitar

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REVIEW: Parquet Courts – ‘Human Performance’ (Rough Trade)

by Ollie Rankine Many were slightly taken aback in November last year following exposure to Parquet Courts’ second studio EP Monastic Living. Although it was clearly audacious, the New York punk rockers’ attempt to fashion an idiosyncratic work of art was revealed to be nothing more than an experimental write-off and was consequently battered by critics across the board. With this information in mind, it’s easy to place Parquet Courts back

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