Album Reviews

Gabriels – ‘Bloodline’ EP review: an increasingly captivating project

After a stunning run of debut live shows in the UK, the truly special LA group build on a totally original voice

Various artists – ‘Essiebons Special 1973-1984’ review: a beautiful tribute to one of Ghana’s greats

A new compilation celebrating the late, great Dick Essilfie-Bondzie's Essiebons record label is bursting with energy and vitality

Kaytranada – ‘Intimidated’ EP review: warming electro-soul to get you through the winter

The Haitian-Canadian producer, with a little help from H.E.R., Thundercat and rising Haitian artist Mach-Hommy, sees out the year with another strong release

Denise Chaila – ‘It’s A Mixtape’ review: rising star effortlessly levels up

Across five concise tracks, the Limerick rapper, singer and poet flexes her lyrical prowess and gives a bold sense of her artistic ambition

MONSTA X – ‘No Limit’ review: the boyband unleash the fire burning within

The boyband are in top form, delivering seven expertly produced tracks that prove their staying power

Snoop Dogg – ‘Algorithm’ review: Snoop’s shot at making old-school hip-hop great again

The rapper makes use of his executive privileges at Def Jam for a compilation which aims to bring hip-hop lovers of all ages together

Kills Birds – ‘Married’ review: a rich, vital rock album to rally behind

The LA trio's urgent second album laces together trauma, anxiety and social commentary with knife-sharp lyrics

Fred again.. – ‘Actual Life 2 (February 2 – October 15 2021)’ review: acclaimed producer turns despair into hope

The south Londoner's singular, diaristic approach to songwriting guides his second full-length release of 2021

Elbow – ‘Flying Dream 1’ review: a soothing, slow-burning collection

Bury's finest return with a record that reflects on times and friends gone by

Willie Nelson – ‘The Willie Nelson Family’ review: a tender passing of the torch

The country music legend keeps it in the family on his third new album release in 16 months