MUST BUYS

The es­sen­tial al­bums of the last few months

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Björk Utopia ONE LIT­TLE IN­DIAN

Björk has framed her ninth LP as “par­adise” in con­trast to the “hell” of her 2015 break-up al­bum, Vul­ni­cura. With airy, or­ganic sounds knit­ted with crunchy dig­i­tal beats, Utopia is like walk­ing through a vast trop­i­cal green­house, full of sun­light, oxy­gen and birds twit­ter­ing. Par­adise re­gained.

Four Tet New En­ergy TEXT

The way that Kieran Heb­den has shaped elec­tronic mu­sic over the past 20 years is a thing of beauty. His ninth al­bum has much of the warmth and breadth of his ear­lier records, but by press­ing an ar­ray of new tex­tures (game­lan, strings and dul­cimer) onto a fa­mil­iar set­ting, he’s crafted the best LP of his ca­reer.

Mor­ris­sey Low In High School ÉTIENNE/BMG

As an artist, Mor­ris­sey is for­ever tan­ta­mount to Mar­mite but any wa­ver­ing vot­ers will be as­ton­ished by his 11th solo LP. Mu­si­cally di­verse and with lyrics of rare pi­quancy, it’s his best al­bum since 1994’ s Vaux­hall And I. At 58, the Moz is prov­ing him­self, once again, to be a pop provo­ca­teur of en­dur­ing ef­fi­cacy.

U2 Songs Of Ex­pe­ri­ence IS­LAND

Un­der at­tack from all fronts, U2 have dug deep on their 14th stu­dio LP. Un­like its re­cent pre­de­ces­sors, it car­ries some memorable tunes with Bono largely choos­ing to side­line his usual glob­al­ist ob­ser­va­tions, and tackle his hith­erto keenly-pro­tected fam­ily life. From here, U2 can build with con­fi­dence.

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