The best albums of January 2019

January’s normally quite a slow month in terms of new releases, but there were some great albums making their debut. Here’s my view on the best of the month – and a playlist to boot!

1: The Twilight Sad – It Won/t Be Like This All The Time

Rating: 8.5/10 – Read full review

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2: Julia Kent – Temporal

Rating: 8/10Read full review

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3: Lorelle Meets The Obselete – De Facto

Rating: 8/10 – Read full review

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4: Nils Frahm – Encores 2 (EP)

Rating: 8/10Read full review

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5: Rat Boy – Internationally Unknown

Rating: 7.5/10Read full review

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6: Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow

Rating: 7/10 – Read full review

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7: Buke & Gase – Scholars

Rating: 7/10

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8: Balthazar – Fever

Rating: 7/10

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9: Sneaks – Highway Hypnosis

Rating: 7/10

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10: Bring Me The Horizon – Amo

Rating: 7/10

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Album review: Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow

Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow album cover

Sharon Van Etten is an accomplished singer-songwriter with a voice that could break hearts and Remind Me Tomorrow is a wonderful way to showcase it

Breaking away from the traditional acoustic guitar accompaniment that many female singer-songwriters favour, Van Etten instead uses ominous bass undertones across the record that juxtapose superbly with her heavenly vocal.

Opener I Told You Everything begins with delicate pianos and frailty in Van Etten’s voice, but as echo-laden bass and guitars are employed, her harmonised vocals kick in – bringing real depth to the piece. This self-harmonisation is a frequent appearance across the album’s tracks, but it never proves unimpressive.

There are times on Remind Me Tomorrow when her pop side surfaces, such as on Comeback Kid, which has strong flavours of Arcade Fire, but again her vocals move the track away from ever sounding too twee.

Seventeen, a lament to her younger days, No One’s Easy To Love and You Shadow also continue the pop influence, but it is on the multi-layered atmospheric tracks where the album truly hits the high notes.

Take the slow, pulsating bass synth of Jupiter 4, which provides that earthy contrast to Van Etten’s rich vocal. Similarly on Malibu, we have a dark undercurrent running through the track for her to bounce off.

All this comes together on the magnificent Hands, which pulls all these elements together in truly epic fashion. Hands-down, the best track on the album

Release dates: 18 January 2019

Rating: 7/10

Standout track: Hands

For fans of:

  • Arcade Fire
  • Bryde
  • The Pretenders

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New Music Friday 18 Jan – What to listen to

It’s New Music Friday – hoorah! After the festive lull, releases are now starting to come in thick and fast. Particularly looking forward to getting my teeth into the new one by The Twilight Sad. Here’s what I’ll be mostly listening to this week:

The Twilight Sad – It Won/t Be Like This All The Time

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Go Dark – Neon Young

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Alice Merton – Mint

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Subjective – Act One – Music For Inanimate Objects

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Joe Jackson – Fool

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Buke & Gase – Scholars

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Hedvig Mollestad Trio – Smells Funny

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Lost Under Heaven – Love Hates What You Become

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Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow

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Night Beats – Myth of a Man

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