The es­sen­tial al­bums of the last few months

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Nao Saturn RCA

Soul star Nao’s sec­ond LP marks a de­ci­sive shift in sound and out­look from her 2016 de­but, prompted by the end of a re­la­tion­ship. If her first al­bum was in­debted to Prince, the fol­low-up has a richer, neo-soul in­flu­ence that show­cases her dizzy­ing vo­cal range. The sound of a woman set free.

Thom Yorke Sus­piria XL

The Ra­dio­head front­man’s trade­mark para­noia finds new di­men­sions on this film sound­track, where skele­tal lul­la­bies weave around man­gled synth fan­tasias, an­cient-sound­ing chants and fin­ger­picked day­dreams. As a stand-alone al­bum, it ranks along­side his finest solo work.

Marissa Nadler For My Crimes BELLA UNION

On her eighth al­bum the Bos­ton singer­song­writer is at her most pow­er­ful yet, tak­ing stock of a re­la­tion­ship as it cir­cles to a halt. It’s the sort of ma­te­rial her voice was made for – lovelorn, med­i­ta­tive, re­gret­ful, the whole thing sound­ing like a strong drink in a low-lit bar from the past.


The Swedish elec­tro-pop queen’s first al­bum since 2010 takes her fas­ci­na­tion with sad­ness to a new level, de­con­struct­ing heart­break with the pre­ci­sion of a watch­maker as she pulls out all the emo­tional cogs and catches. Ab­sence may de­fine Honey, but Robyn’s pres­ence is al­ways felt.

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