The Internet’s fourth album ‘Hive Mind’ sees each member’s talents are rendered in the service of the others, making for a record that’s at the peak of contemporary R&B.
Beyonce and Jay-Z put their personal lives under the spotlight on ‘EVERYTHING IS LOVE’, an enjoyable if somewhat flawed trap-influenced album.
Tinashe’s third album ‘Joyride’ displays plenty of vocal talent, but her presence is often obscured by her male collaborators.
Julian Casablancas’ side-project The Voidz returns with its second LP ‘Virtue’, which transcends its overly long and experimental nature to be a largely enjoyable listen.
The Vaccines’ fourth album ‘Combat Sports’, a sleek and focussed effort, sees them reacquire their confidence by returning to first principles.
George Ezra’s second record ‘Staying At Tamara’s’ is pure escapism – a decently put together, well-produced but slightly artless half an hour.
Everything Everything’s fourth album ‘A Fever Dream’ wants to go for the grand political statement, but comes off a little clunky.
Probably now doomed to be remembered as a one-hit wonder, Foster The People’s utterly inoffensive third album ‘Sacred Hearts Club’ completely lacks originality.
After a four year wait, London Grammar play things very conservatively on their second album, opting to refine and polish the sound of the first rather than break new ground.
Amber Coffman’s first solo album after leaving Dirty Projectors, ‘City Of No Reply’, is sadly far too polite and inoffensive to be memorable enough.