THE LATEST ALBUM RELEASES RATED AND REVIEWED
SKEPTA IGNORANCE IS BLISS ★★★★★
BATTLE bars, clever jibes and collaborations with J Hus and WizKid renew Skepta’s classic grime style but with an unpredictable edge. Lyrically, the 36-year-old maintains the same bravado and selfassurance, but with moments of raw emotion.
Bullet From A Gun expresses his joy of fatherhood – “all I know is there’s no better feeling, than going home and seeing my little girl in the cot”.
With nothing left to prove, a confident Skepta continues to push the boundaries with a new-found artistic freedom.
SHE IS COMING ★★★★★
HAVING tried country, saccharine ballady pop, and hip-hop, Miley Cyrus finally seems to have found herself.
On this new EP, the 26-year-old is better than ever as she almost carves out a new genre for herself throughout its six tracks – a kind of mellow dance/hip-hop/trap hybrid with a dose of alt-pop and her trademark no-holds-barred lyrics.
Opening track Mother’s Daughter is an enticing feminist power track, while Unholy is a relaxing song about having sex next to takeaway containers. The other tracks are just as decent, suggesting she probably should have eked this out a bit longer and released a full albu
The other tracks are just as decent, suggesting she probably should have eked this out a bit longer to release a full album.
THE DIVINE COMEDY OFFICE POLITICS ★★★★★
NO-ONE writes a song like Neil Hannon – simple and accessible, yet with an incomparable complex undertone to the lyrics and the layering of the overall sound.
Scandalously overlooked by the masses, Hannon and his merry band are back with Office Politics. Featuring several collaborations including with Neil’s partner, singer-songwriter Cathy Davey. From the despair felt by many as Donald Trump was announced US President (Dark Days Are Here Again) to the malaise of having to wait your turn (Queuejumper), this is a fabulously morose album that doesn’t take itself too seriously.