Album Reviews

PinkPantheress – ‘To hell with it’ review: lightning-speed debut is among year’s best

The Bath-born artist's impeccable debut mixtape caps off an incredible breakthrough year and proves why she’s one of the fastest-rising in the world

Youngjae – ‘COLORS From Ars’ review: a confident display of his vibrant musical palette

The GOT7 member puts his voice front and centre on his maiden solo effort, and it pays off

James Blake – ‘Friends That Break Your Heart’ review: fearless revelations and expansive sounds

The singer and producer's fifth album digs deeper into introspection, atop some of his most impressive production to date

aespa – ‘Savage’ review: K-pop power rookies stake their claim for greatness with future-facing cyberpunk

The quartet dive head-first into electrifying hyperpop and cutting-edge production on their first mini-album

BADBADNOTGOOD – ‘Talk Memory’ review: technically dazzling jazz (and not much swagger)

The now-trio swap the hookiness of old in favour of considered jam sessions that only occasionally soar

Billy Bragg – ‘The Million Things That Never Happened’ review: an ode to common ground

The singer-songwriter's 13th album is a mellow and empathetic antidote to the chaos and confusion of modern life

Sam Fender – ‘Seventeen Going Under’ review: a portrait of the artist as a young man

Lockdown forced the Geordie hero to reckon with the impact of his formative years and the ties that bind

Matt Maltese – ‘Good Morning It’s Now Tomorrow’ review: crooner finds his happy place

On album three, the 24-year-old starts to peel back the characteristic humour to reveal reflections on personal transformation and the trials of young adulthood
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