THE LATEST ALBUM RELEASES RATED AND REVIEWED
LEWIS CAPALDI DIVINELY UNINSPIRED TO A HELLISH EXTENT ★★★★★
IGNORE the somewhat morose title, this record is an absolute delight.
From start to finish, Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi croons through the 12 tracks, raw emotions spilling over via his heavenly, charismatic voice.
From epic opener Grace to the pared-back and effortlessly emotive Headspace – via the melodic Forever, piano ballad Bruises and Don’t Get Me Wrong, a broken-down track with a slow, blusey beat and a choir – it’s obvious not one track is filler.
Capaldi oozes talent and he is dependable. His lyrics are rich and clever, and his voice is soulful far beyond his 22 years.
NOTHING GREAT ABOUT BRITAIN ★★★★★
FRAMPTON’S nimble, vitriolic and darkly comic music has had a remarkable impact on the British scene since his debut two years ago.
The Northampton-raised rapper, who performs as Slowthai, pilfers from post-punk and dub as much as from hip-hop and grime on his debut album.
Where most UK rappers look to the glamour of America’s trap scene and Drake for inspiration, tattoocovered Slowthai looks to the punk aesthetic. This gives Nothing Great About Britain an anti-establishment bite.
On tracks like Gorgeous and Peace Of Mind, he takes aim at May, Boris, Brexit, the royal family, inequality – anything that touches the public consciousness.
Slowthai’s music is riotous and authentic and provides a welcome change.
CARLY RAE JEPSEN
WHERE Jepsen previously had you singing into your hairbrush, opening track Julien has a disco groove running under the ode to infatuated love.
Although the track is not worlds away from former releases, her sound and subject matter have matured.
Feels Right does, indeed, feel right.
For Sure and Automatically In Love are the perfect dance-pop songs for the summer, although towards the end of the album the constant crooning of love does become a tad tedious.