Record Collector's Best New Albums of 2023

Record Collector's Best New Albums of 2023

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25.

January 27, 2023
Critic Score
77
6 reviews
Only Lawrence knows what he’s trying to achieve, but his fearlessness means he could still hit the jackpot one day. Who’s to say that won’t be tomorrow?

24.

July 28, 2023
Critic Score
72
10 reviews

If the premise is laid on a bit thick – Rowland never does things by halves – at least torch song My Submission is the most beautiful thing Dexys have ever done.

23.

May 5, 2023
Critic Score
81
20 reviews

Fans of what went before will be thrilled by Everything Harmony, and equally pleased that there are richer, deeper veins where the brothers’ sense of history is bolstered by subtle ventures in modernity. They’re still looking back, but resolutely looking forward as well.

20.

June 2, 2023
Critic Score
73
18 reviews
This is exactly the album Gallagher should be making to remind people how good he can be.

19.

September 15, 2023
Critic Score
82
14 reviews

Relentless is a masterly achievement, tasting of truth.

18.

November 17, 2023
Critic Score
79
10 reviews
This is breathless in its intensity, an hour-long triumph up there with anything they’ve ever done, tales of the world today united amid the brooding shadows of a Victorian musical hall stage. That’s life, that’s madness… and it truly is the Madness we know and love.

17.

March 24, 2023
Critic Score
85
4 reviews
A master class in soul interpretation.

16.

March 10, 2023
Critic Score
81
19 reviews
Nottingham duo broaden their musical horizons without losing their edge on masterful 12th.

15.

Yusuf / Cat Stevens - King of a Land
June 16, 2023
Critic Score
74
10 reviews
This is not an overly confessional collection: if you’re looking for self-revelation, you may have to wait for a forthcoming autobiography, but nevertheless there’s much to enjoy.

14.

September 15, 2023
Critic Score
91
13 reviews

It’ll continue to uncover fresh layers of magic for years, while being enticing from the off.

13.

October 27, 2023
Critic Score
79
8 reviews

12.

March 31, 2023
Critic Score
82
7 reviews
There’s a new sense of confidence in the vocals, the clarity of the melodies, and production flourishes. Lyrically, too, there’s a shift – the troubled soul-searching has (mostly) given way to a sense of joy and acceptance at his place in the world. There are songs here that do not so much start as saunter into earshot, in no rush to reveal themselves and all the more seductive for it.

10.

April 28, 2023
Critic Score
75
4 reviews

9.

September 8, 2023
Critic Score
85
19 reviews
Every inch of this dazzling, surprising record deserves exploration.

8.

September 1, 2023
Critic Score
82
27 reviews
Resurgent shoegazing veterans forge onwards with contemplative fifth.

7.

May 19, 2023
Critic Score
82
17 reviews

Making its entrance with a softly tolling bell followed by some of the most delicate acoustic guitar since the early days of Simon & Garfunkel, this is a gentle, mystical record, a world away from the boisterousness of Paul Simon’s Graceland years.

6.

February 3, 2023
Critic Score
86
26 reviews
Their unpredictability and magnetic power remain undimmed by the years.

5.

March 24, 2023
Critic Score
79
32 reviews
The 21st-century Karen Carpenter fashions a marathon of meta-melancholy, with a few new tricks.

4.

October 20, 2023
Critic Score
79
27 reviews

Hackney Diamonds sparkles brightest when it touches base with bygone precious gems. And, let’s be honest, isn’t that what most of us were hoping for?

3.

July 21, 2023
Critic Score
82
36 reviews
On their first album in eight years, the Britpop titans are in a reflective mood. But they’re not surrendering to the nostalgia circuit yet.

2.

July 7, 2023
Critic Score
83
31 reviews
Fresh turf explored on a comeback corker from a modern great.

1.

May 26, 2023
Critic Score
83
17 reviews
The whole album is a strange and wonderful technicolour melange that brilliantly embodies the dreamlike and surreal world of Sparks, all produced by themselves these days, of course.
Original Source: https://recordcollectormag.com/issue/christmas-2023
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2mo
Sparks controversially high. The Girl Is Crying In Her Latte might have a cute name, and decent art, but under the hood it should hardly deserve a mention on any top lists
2mo
Finally added.
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