The essential albums of the last few months
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.