Adam Turner-Heffer

80

She Reaches Out To She Reaches Out To She is another successful reinvention from the Californian artist who continues to be an impenetrable force.

100
Sonically, the sixth album from Detroit-post-punk-quartet Protomartyr is one of their densest efforts yet, and features frontman Joe Casey's finest vocals.
80
An excellent exploration into recovery from depression, passion and addiction, this is one of the finest records The National have released in quite some time.
60
Benefits' debut album smashes you over the head with its rage, to the point that it quickly becomes exhausting.
80

Deafheaven round off some of their metallic edges on their new album Infinite Granite, and prove that you don't have to shout loud to hit hard.

80

On G_d's Pee AT STATE'S END!, Godspeed You! Black Emperor have created a perfect soundtrack for these strange times.

80

For the most part, Tyler has opted out of his rapping heritage, preferring pitch-altered singing vocals which will split some opinion. However, this elevated IGOR beyond the mere confines of genre, to a substantially great work of art, cementing Tyler's case as one of this decade's most essential artists.

60

Problems is an altogether solid enough and enjoyable listen, it merely fails to push beyond being an impression of the band's former glories.

60

Ultimately, this is yet another solid entry into Swervedriver's impressive back catalogue, but there is perhaps only so long they can keep running their sound into the ground.

70
Overall, it's a pleasant feeling to have a good Franz Ferdinand record again, like a warm hug reminding one of a simpler time only slightly bastardised by ten years of regressive politics and is seemingly inspiring many of these bands to redress the balance.
100

Overall, POST- is a moment-defining record both for Rosenstock but also for wider popular music and culture; it's equal places angry and fun, something we could all do with in 2018.

100

Converge may be slowing down in their output, but this is perhaps the band's best record since You Fail Me, keeping in mind the three albums in-between are not to be sniffed at.

80
Plunge builds on Fever Ray's - to borrow a graphic novel phrase - 'universe building' self-titled debut to create her most direct and personal record to date. On top of this, Dreijer has cemented her place within alternative music's dynasty, and it's refreshing to hear an outwardly queer and fiercely political artist convey a clear message without having the music, performance or reception fall over the potential weight of those themes.
80
Overall The National have survived their electronic ring of fire relatively unscathed.
80
Of course, Crutchfield is still centre-stage, this is her story, her songs after all, but there's a dynamism that Waxahatchee previously lacked from the freedom that's been entrusted on these musicians.
80

While nothing on Woman is quite as bombastic as when was first unleashed on an unsuspecting public, there's plenty of intriguing stuff to chew on here with deep cuts such as "Chorus" and "Heavy Metal", resulting in a terrific return from the French duo. 

90

It is truly possible to just get lost in the Stranger Things universe through it's soundtrack, whether you have the visuals to back it up or not.


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