The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

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REVIEW: Common – ‘Black America Again’ (ARTium / Def Jam)

Strong, old-school production and tireless verses will remind you why Common has outlasted so many other rappers on the scene.

REVIEW: American Football – ‘American Football’ (Wichita)

The legendary first album is iconic and remains the water mark for the emo scene, but American Football’s long-awaited second album shows the band grown up and still capturing introspective melancholy in a way that few others can.

REVIEW: The Lemon Twigs – ‘Do Hollywood’ (4AD)

‘Do Hollywood’ hints at something very exciting to come, if The Lemon Twigs can separate their own personalities from the musical character studies they’ve so expertly got nailed down.

REVIEW: Joyce Manor – ‘Cody’ (Epitaph)

On their fourth album ‘Cody’, Californian punks Joyce Manor produce their most mature and emotionally profound effort so far.

REVIEW: Pixies – ‘Head Carrier’ (Pixiesmusic / P.I.A.S.)

Despite some mediocre moments, ‘Head Carrier’ gives us an older, more sensible Pixies who sound as though they’re having fun with their music.

REVIEW: Passenger – ‘Young As The Morning Old As The Sea’ (Black Crow)

Michael Rosenberg gives us another collection of songs that are mostly tolerable and pleasant enough, yet still feel utterly bland and emotionally contrived.

REVIEW: Boxed In – Melt (Nettwerk)

‘Melt’ doesn’t exactly reinvent the wheel, but it’s exciting to hear a promising young band begin to experiment.

REVIEW: Cymbals Eat Guitars – ‘Pretty Years’ (Sinderlyn)

If you hadn’t been sold on Cymbals Eat Guitars already, then you’re unlikely to be by the end of ‘Pretty Years’.

REVIEW: Teenage Fanclub – ‘Here’ (Merge)

‘Here’ is by no means the most cutting-edge rock record you’ll come across in 2016, but it neither needs nor wants to be.