Here’s my view on what were the best albums released last Friday 1st February. There’s a fair few links to my fuller (though still not too long) reviews here too. There’s also a Spotify sample playlist so you can make you own mind up about the artists.
Unloved – Heartbreak
Invoking the spirits of Motown and dreamy 60’s french pop while injecting a touch of modernity. Some really nice moments interspersed across this album.
Spielbergs – This Is Not The End
Indie punk with a touch of early R.E.M around the sides. Pleasant enough, but not pulling up any roots.
Girlpool – What Chaos Is Imaginary
A punk band exploring new indie direction – unfortunately not entirely successfully.
Beirut – Gallipoli
Indie-folk with added brass. Strong overtones of The Smiths in both vocal and musical style. Doesn’t fare well by comparison.
Within Temptation – Resist
Over-the-top goth metal with symphonic overtones. No doubt would do well as an ‘alternative’ Dutch entry on Eurovision. A worthy successor to Lordi.