MarkyC -
64
After coming close to fading into obscurity and never walking again, Kiesza craves love and finds it on this album's 80s synthpop dancefloor. While brimming with uplifting, infectious melodies, Crave does not always go the distance to creating the full circle Kiesza was capable of making here, tainted slightly by what are essentially Carly Rae Jepsen knockoffs.
MarkyC -
83
The sound of lead vocalist Catrin Vincent completely took me off guard on first listen. Two minutes into this album, her voice suddenly appears - deep, emotive and fascinating. Another Sky's guitarists and drummer are equally as impressive. Their dynamic alongside Vincent's expansive vocal range sounds seamless. It almost feels as if her voice feeds off the captivating guitar and drum performance throughout. The passion and emotion conveyed when they all are in sync and especially in the ... read more
MarkyC -
70
A tight piece of fun and sensual R&B, Victoria Monét basks in her rich voice and the interesting sounds at play here. Refreshingly trumpet heavy with some pretty tinges of disco and funk, and at a brief 25 minutes, Jaguar gives you a legitimate reason to listen twice.
MarkyC -
72
On Purple Noon, Washed Out's romantic recollections are swept up in a warm, hazy breeze, his nostalgic, escapist mood-piece capturing the essence of chillwave to a tee. The soundscape of smooth reverb and tropical instruments lull throughout, enjoyably though if you have the acquired taste.
MarkyC -
100
Back in February 2019 when I first heard the lead single "Adore You", I was floored by how perfectly crafted it was, especially after the adult contemporary-leaning and will-this-do standard of 2017's Glasshouse. It immediately felt like Jessie Ware was onto something truly special and with What's Your Pleasure?, she went even further with defying expectations, creating a dance-pop masterclass from front to back.

The album goes through a journey of emotions but is always warm and ... read more
MarkyC -
81
Chloe and Halle's chemistry and charisma reveals itself here with repeated listens. The production is rich and hypnotic, pieced together by tight sequencing. The duo effortlessly exude confidence in their lyrics, conviction and vocal performance, using an engaging variety of raw cadences and stacked harmonies. Mostly self-written and self-produced, Ungodly Hour is refreshingly fun, sincere and distinctive R&B.
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32
Phoebe Ryan's teen pop trying to be indie with effected vocals is as authentic as a Tumblr post or Instagram caption in quotation marks.
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30
Jarring vocal acrobatics and processed harmonies are disjointed by pointless interludes and clumsy audio mixing. Eight years have passed and Brandy is still searching for a hook.
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62
Pleasant but insubstantial guitar-driven indie pop. The music sounds improvised and Kenney's vocals uninterested. With the exception of "Picture of You" and "Sucker" which have a few surprising touches that make them memorable, the album may completely pass you by.
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71
Groovy and riveting leftfield house characterised by trippy, jubilant basslines, off-kilter percussion and instrumental loops. Home is seamlessly experimental and repetitive, sometimes overbearing but never boring.
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61
Former angst alt-rock queen continues her unfortunate delve into family-friendly MOR territory. However, this time, there are glimmers of hope in a few tracks that have Morissette sounding truly captivating, for the first time since 1998's Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie.
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74
Kllo nuance yearning vocals with shuffled 90s rave and garage rhythms, giving their songs a unique finesse. There isn't anything spectacular here or a track you feel the need to skip. It works as an airy, cohesive but short mood-piece.
MarkyC -
74
While this breakup album doesn't reinvent any wheels, the standout tracks ("If I Told", "Carnival Dream" and "How You Get Hurt") hit almost too close to home. Courtney Marie Andrews' feelings of pain are compellingly emphasized in these moments by timely structure shifts, fittingly raw instruments and her revealing voice.
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91
The engaging melodies, more intricate vocal approach and atmospheric arrangements helped personify a genuine vulnerability here. It tugs right at your heart, inviting abstract notions through an hour-long breeze of emotions.
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78
Listening to All the Time, you can't help but get the impression that Jessy Lanza was enraptured by electronic production possibilities and obscure, but highly enjoyable what-ifs.
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88
Her potent voice beautifully conveys the intimate, thought-provoking poetry over layered and fittingly lo-fi instrumentals. It's an otherworldly atmosphere to lose yourself in and open your mind to.
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36
Poorly mastered nursery rhyming leaves karaoke vocals with no place to hide.
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66
Ms. English's soothing, laid-back vocals connect in more dynamic productions and less repetitive melodies. Her dreamy indie pop is pleasant but unadventurous, failing to captivate and convincingly emote the Wake UP! mission statement the whole way through.
MarkyC -
92
Phoebe Bridgers' impressive poetic writing and the melancholy daze of the music immersed me in Punisher's world, and her often overlooked, magical vocal performance made me never want to leave.
MarkyC -
80
A restless and deeply emotive synthpop album, composed of moving short stories about isolation and self-doubt. Half Waif's powerful, vulnerable voice is a potent storyteller, using both belts and restraint in equal conviction. The understated feel and diverse instruments make for an incredibly chilly yet cinematic experience of mature introspection.
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