The es­sen­tial al­bums of the last few months

Q (UK) - - Review -

IDLES Joy As An Act Of Re­sis­tance

On their sec­ond LP, Bri­tain’s most ex­cit­ing new band strive to find so­lace in the wake of trou­bles both per­sonal and po­lit­i­cal. On that level, Joy As An Act Of Re­sis­tance is a tri­umph, a fe­ro­ciously uplift­ing col­lec­tion, find­ing hope in shared en­deav­our and fight­ing off dark­ness.

Paul McCart­ney Egypt Sta­tion

With his 25th postFabs opus, Macca has pro­duced his most fo­cused set since 2005. This is an al­bum full of re­minders that the great­est song­writer of his gen­er­a­tion still knows how to tease out a juicy ear­worm. He’s en­joy­ing his mu­sic far too much to stop now. And so, for that mat­ter, are we.

Chris­tine And The Queens Chris

Two years af­ter her hugely in­flu­en­tial de­but, Héloïse Letissier re­turns to dou­ble down on her first al­bum’s themes of gen­der and queer iden­tity. The re­sult is an LP that bal­ances so­phis­ti­ca­tion with a sat­is­fy­ing pop sense and emo­tional heft with a light­ness of touch.

Paul Weller True Mean­ings

Weller’s late-pe­riod pur­ple patch shows no signs of abat­ing. Here he is in re­flec­tive mood with an LP’s worth of acoustic mus­ings recorded on the cusp of his 60th birth­day. This, then, is a wel­come glance in the rearview mir­ror in a ca­reer that’s been driven by a dogged re­fusal to look back­wards.

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