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THE LAT­EST AL­BUM RE­LEASES RATED AND RE­VIEWED

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LUCY SPRAGGAN TO­DAY WAS A GOOD DAY ★★★★★

FOR­MER X Fac­tor con­tes­tant Lucy Spraggan’s, sto­ry­teller style has pro­gressed thanks to time and ex­pe­ri­ence.

On her fifth al­bum, the 27-year-old singer-song­writer is in a re­ally great place, and this, com­bined with skil­ful song­writ­ing and per­form­ing, makes for a joy­ful, lis­ten.

The al­bum is full of bops and sin­ga­long-friendly tracks, matched with lyrics about feel­ing bet­ter fol­low­ing men­tal health is­sues. Peppy open­ing track Breathe goes be­yond just a nice gui­tar tune. Then there’s the cheek­ily-ti­tled Don’t Play This On The Ra­dio, a play­ful dig at not get­ting air­play over the years.

Stick The Ket­tle On with Scout­ing For Girls – re­leased as a sin­gle to sup­port Calm (the Cam­paign Against Liv­ing Mis­er­ably) – shows her deftly us­ing her ex­pe­ri­ences to help oth­ers through mu­sic.

VAM­PIRE WEEK­END

FA­THER OF THE BRIDE ★★★★★

THE New York­ers’ fourth al­bum, rarely fal­ters.

Run­ning at 18 tracks, and bounc­ing fran­ti­cally from genre to genre, Fa­ther Of The Bride is rem­i­nis­cent of the White Al­bum.

As with that Bea­tles tri­umph, Koenig and co now seem to be sit­ting more com­fort­ably than ever within their own skin – as ev­i­dence, look to a trio of lovelorn coun­try songs with Danielle Haim.

In per­haps the best run on the record, Sym­pa­thy, Sun­flower and Flower Moon re­spec­tively glide through En­nio Mor­ri­cone, ‘60s Psych and Afrobeat with a sleight of hand few oth­ers could match.

And while it per­haps lacks the in­stant clas­sics of its pre­de­ces­sors, there’s plenty to cap­ture the imag­i­na­tion.

ED­I­TORS

THE BLANCK MASS SES­SIONS ★★★★★

RE­PLAC­ING gui­tars with synths, this eight-track of­fer­ing is the al­ter­na­tive ver­sion of

Ed­i­tors’ 2018 re­lease Vi­o­lence, with the group seem­ingly dip­ping their toes into the elec­tronic scene. This is the re­sult of pro­ducer Blanck Mass’s de­con­struc­tion of their usual sound.

Opener Bar­ri­cades, ex­plores their elec­tronic side with punchy drum ma­chines while Hal­lelu­jah (So Low) and Noth­ing­ness show­case Tom Smith’s strength of vo­cals.

At times, though, it feels as if the vo­cals and the pro­duc­tion aren’t in per­fect har­mony. Fans hop­ing for some­thing dif­fer­ent from Ed­i­tors can be en­cour­aged by this re­lease: although the com­pan­ion al­bum doesn’t quite reach the heights of the orig­i­nal, it is likely to go down well in venues and fields dur­ing the sum­mer fes­ti­val sea­son.

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