Album Review: Parquet Courts – ‘Wide Awake!’

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Is Parquet Courts’ sixth full-length album really deserving of its garish exclamation mark? In a busy eight years since formation, Parquet Courts have now released six albums, two EPs, and a collaborative album with Italian composer Daniele Luppi. As impressive as this may be, consistency will only get you so far. Wide Awake! really needs to pack a creative punch …

Courtney Barnett releases new album 'Tell Me How You Really Feel' - read the full review on Karibu.

Album Review: Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel

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Courtney Barnett drops her third album in as many years – here’s how we really feel about it “You know what they say, no-one’s born to hate,” Courtney Barnett sings over a shaking, downtuned guitar line with rumbling didgeridoo-like bass on album opener Hopefulnessness. The ideal place to start, then, in looking at Barnett’s second solo record Tell Me How …

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Album Review: Royce da 5’9″ – ‘Book of Ryan’

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On ‘Book of Ryan’, the rap veteran sends a defiant message to the young pretenders Over the span of his 20-year career, Royce da 5’9″, real name Ryan Montgomery, has always occupied a curious space within the music industry. His association with fellow Detroit vet Eminem, for example, has been something of a double-edged sword from day one. On one hand, …

Arctic Monkeys return with their first album in 5 years

Album Review: Arctic Monkeys – ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’

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The ego has landed – Alex Turner and co. return with their eagerly-anticipated fifth album Since hitting headlines with the fastest-selling UK debut in history, the Arctic Monkeys never seem to have gone away completely. They are all-pervading; ever in the conscience. So it’s mildly incredible that five years have passed since the last Arctic Monkeys album, AM. The fact …

John Hopkins makes a welcome return with new album 'Singularity'

Album Review: Jon Hopkins – ‘Singularity’

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Destination anywhere-but-ambient, as Jon Hopkins’ spaceship opens its door once more The word “prolific” doesn’t even come close to describing the career of English DJ, producer and electro maestro Jon Hopkins. Perhaps dropping his fifth studio album in 17 years doesn’t sound like a lot. But once you factor in his singles, remixes, touring, DJ sets, production and soundtrack work, …

The Sciences by Sleep - read the review on Karibu

Album Review: Sleep – ‘The Sciences’

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Californian stoner metal titans return through Jack White’s Third Man record label and bring doom by the barrel Although Sleep are one of doom metal’s most widely influential bands, The Sciences is just their fourth album in nearly 30 years. Granted, there was a decade-long hiatus in the middle, but considering that the outfit are often cited as doom metal pioneers, …

Dirty Computer: Read our review of Janelle Monae's new album on Karibu

Album Review: Janelle Monae – ‘Dirty Computer’

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On ‘Dirty Computer’, Janelle Monáe cements her status as an art-pop auteur, without quite sparking a revolution Hype and fanfare in the lead-up to the release of Janelle Monáe‘s third album Dirty Computer was rife and boisterous. A list of guests on the record was rumored to have included the late Prince, and Monáe has been hoisted up – rightly …

Pinkus Abortion Technician: Read the review of the new Melvins album on Karibu

Album Review: Melvins – ‘Pinkus Abortion Technician’

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On ‘Pinkus Abortion Technician’, Melvins reaffirm their hard-earned reputation as playful and unpredictable anarchists You’ll have done well to keep up with The Melvins’ relentless pace over the past decade or so. Now on their seventh album in five years, even hardcore fans could be forgiven for having missed out on a release here or there. Quantity over quality? Well, …

Eat the Elephant is the first A Perfect Circle studio album since 2004.

Album Review: A Perfect Circle – ‘Eat the Elephant’

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Maynard James Keenan & Friends make a patchy return after a 15-year absence Eat The Elephant may not be the record that fans of the storied Los Angeleno art-metallers have been waiting for, but it’s certainly true that A Perfect Circle’s latest album has itself been long awaited. In fact, there has been an even longer gap since 2004’s ill-advised …