The essential albums of the last few months
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.