Sad songs from a Scandi songstress that you can dance to; brilliant third album from the UK soul man; a grim title for the not-so-grim music.
A couple of promising debuts from young female artists; an awesome stomping rawwk record.
Idiosyncratic pop from a Japanese-American songwriter; catching up with an old folky favourite.
Second solo albums by two of my favourites, which mostly avoid the dreaded second album curse.
A brutal and confessional break-up record; excellent second album from a genre-mashing sister duo.
A poptastic debut and a perfect soundtrack to a wintry night.
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
Radiohead have always been a band I found easier to admire than to love. I’m very fond of The Bends and there’s a good dozen songs of theirs that move me deeply, but I never felt an urge to own a whole Radiohead album since their second one. So I’m rather surprised to find that I dig their latest so much. It’s probably their prettiest album; while they haven’t abandoned their weird eerie electronica thing the emphasis here seems to be more on the orchestral arrangements, with gorgeous strings and sad pianos. Thom Yorke’s vocals, which in the past I often found too nasally and strident for my liking, has also never sounded more gorgeous.