El Hunt

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Once you’ve “separated the art from the artist” all that remains is tired and unimaginative.
80
Will this pave the way to a dancier new era, or is it merely a hugely entertaining detour? Either way, we’ll take it.
100
Dua Lipa is officially in her analog synth era - and the imperfection suits her.
80
While the supergroup’s debut was a love letter to their creative alchemy, individual members shine on this release of session offcuts.
60
The whole endeavour weirdly works out, despite lacking in almost any conceptual glue.
80
On her long-awaited and ambitious debut album, the Korean-American artist hits her stride when looking inward.
100
LA-based artist Natalie Mering cuts through this strange and isolating period of history with a subtle touch, carefully unearthing a scrap of hope in the process.
80
After a phase of experimentation, the band’s fifth album is succinct, cuttingly self-aware, and boasts some of their most-direct pop hits in years.
60
On her second full-length LP, the Brooklyn singer/producer only half-commits to the upbeat, subversive sound that makes her so exciting.
80
After being dropped by their label the three-piece had to regroup – but find a new level of freedom in this liberating era.
80
The star marks the beginning of a more experimental chapter – but on the way out of major label life, she puts her own spin on mainstream pop.
60
On her second full-length, the artist focuses on Nirvana-style murk and jerky, Bloc Party style post-punk, with frequent glimmers of brilliance.
80

The Brooklyn-formed band's fifth album explores a broad range of sounds, and comes filled with openness.

80

The Welsh artist's sixth record wields strange imagery in gloomier ways than before, evoking the eerie echo of Bowie’s ‘Station to Station’.

80

After exploring the isolation of feeling like a “nobody“, Mitski’s explorations of being somebody prove just as compelling.

80

After the emotional toll of making 2019's ‘Magdalene’ this varied collection shows a new side to the once unattainable star.

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‘iii’ goes in hardest, taking its cues from the harshest strains of club music, and beckoning in pure, confrontational chaos almost immediately.
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Previously accused of playing it safe, Adele enters a new decade by experimenting with bolder sounds. It gives intriguing but mixed results.
100

Expertly curated, every single song in ‘Valentine’s relatively restrained 10-song tracklist feels like a fully-realised gem. As a songwriter, Jordan continues to cut straight through to the messy, conflicted, hopelessly infatuated guts of life.

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Rebecca Lucy Taylor's second album is assured, unapologetic and charged with a dark, smirking wit that’s impossible to turn away from.
60

Though they’re vastly different icons, from entirely different generations, it’s testament to their power that both artists find their own voices in such timeless classics.

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Ultimately ‘Flux’ feels like a record about holding clear boundaries, constantly shifting in the face of set expectations, and following your creative gut instead.
60
It’s refreshing to see the rapper in a reflective light, but when he's upstaged by the likes of Megan Thee Stallion, the gulf between them become apparent.
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‘Happier Than Ever’ fully establishes Billie Eilish as one of her generation’s most significant pop artists – and, better still, does so without repeating a single trick from the debut that turned her life upside down.

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