The es­sen­tial al­bums of the last few months

Q (UK) - - Review | New Albums -

Leonard Co­hen You Want It Darker COLUMBIA

The 82- year-old poet-song­writer’s 14th studio al­bum feels like a sum­ma­tion of his thoughts on love, life and faith at a point when there is no longer time to worry about the small stuff. Deeply am­bigu­ous yet wit­tily epi­gram­matic, it’s all one might want from a fi­nal tes­ta­ment.

Cour­teen­ers Mapping The Ren­dezvous IG­NI­TION

Liam Fray has al­ways been keen on an an­them, but his band have never sounded so gi­gan­tic as they do here. Their fifth al­bum – full of cin­e­matic vi­gnettes star­ring a cast of in­se­cure ras­cals – is their great leap for­wards, and is des­tined to rat­tle the fit­tings of are­nas across the UK.

Ju­lia Jack­lin Don’t Let The Kids Win TRANSGRESSIVE

The 25- year-old Aus­tralian for­mer fac­tory worker re­calls the coun­try vul­ner­a­bil­ity of Patsy Cline on this won­der­ful de­but al­bum. Sharp in wit and rich in heart­break, it re­ver­ber­ates with a sense of truth that only the truly ex­cep­tional can con­vey.

Pre­tenders Alone BMG

The mes­sage is clear on Chrissie Hynde’s first Pre­tenders LP in eight years: even at 65, she is still a loner rebel at heart. It sounds like Hynde fronting The Black Keys (Dan Auer­bach pro­duces) – but it’s a glo­ri­ous sound and am­ple proof that, 38 years into her ca­reer, she still an­swers to no one.

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