Wyndham Wallace

90
No frills, no distractions. A little like Radiohead, then; but there's nothing wrong with that.
80

Kirby's second is more cosmopolitan than 2021 Cool Dry Place, with bandmates Alberto Sewald's and Logan Chung's muted soft rock production shifting her halfway toward Weyes Blood's polished indie folk.

80

Sprints' debut delivers on thrilling live shows, with singer, guitarist and songwriter Karla Chubb providing a visceral fury, not least on the furious "Adore Adore Adore", unheard since their label released Hole's Pretty On The Inside.

80
The manic, galloping "Susie Mullen" proves Anderson's still got a nose for fun.
80
There's justifiable anger, not least "History"'s confrontation with generational trauma, but her potent self-respect is an inspirational as Roots Manuva, to whom the eerie "Marginalized" nods.
60

Less effectively soothing than 2022's A Journey..., it's unconventionally beguiling, more ambient predecessor.

80
Definitely not for the fainthearted.
80
It was only a matter of time before two of contemporary ambient music’s leading practitioners banded together, but these eight tracks, unlike their titles, are subtle, complex, and not always pacifying.
80
In contrast to the adrenalin rush of Supergrass's recent reunion shows, Coombes' fourth is cultivated and considered, its detailed arrangements illuminated by Ian Davenport's muscular production.
80

The music is merely caught in a state of evolution and, had they not chosen to nail it down to tape when they did, it might have developed differently. What therefore emerges - in Hval's occasionally tentative melodic explorations as much as Volden's instrumental experiments — is an insight into the very process of making an album.

80
There are reminders of St. Vincent on "Happy" and "Thursday Girl," while "A Loving Feeling" boasts The Breeders' punkish brevity.
80

Like their debut, Not To Disappear evokes bot the gauzy fragility of Cocteau Twins and the offbeat ingenuity of Kristin Hersh, though this time it cranks up the amps.


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