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The Time Out music team give their verdict on new album releases

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Beyoncé – ‘Lemonade’ album review

Beyoncé – ‘Lemonade’ album review

★★★★★ Beyoncé worked with so many people on ‘Lemonade’, her sixth album which she dropped in late April with an accompanying short fi lm, that its credits run...

All Saints – ‘Red Flag’ album review

All Saints – ‘Red Flag’ album review

★★★★☆ Once upon a time All Saints were The Spice Girls for cool people. Named after All Saints Road in Notting Hill, this combat trouser-wearing combo drew...

Zayn – ‘Mind of Mine’ album review

Zayn – ‘Mind of Mine’ album review

★★★☆☆ After quitting the world’s biggest boy band in March 2015, Zayn Malik shared his true thoughts on the group’s music a few months later. ‘Would you...

Adele – ‘25’ album review

Adele – ‘25’ album review

★★☆☆☆ In February 2012, at the height of her post-’21’ pomp, Adele Adkins told a reporter: ‘I can’t write another break-up record. That would be a real...

Kwabs – ‘Love + War’ album review

Kwabs – ‘Love + War’ album review

★★★★☆ First things first, it’s pronounced ‘k-wor-bs’, so relax: you can stop scratching around inside your underpants. But if you’re a fan of soulful grooves,...

Ought – ‘Sun Coming Down’ album review

Ought – ‘Sun Coming Down’ album review

★★★★☆ Montreal’s Ought are the closet their city’s iconic Constellation Records has come to signing a ‘normal’ guitar band – but they share their label’s...

Lana Del Rey – ‘Honeymoon’ album review

Lana Del Rey – ‘Honeymoon’ album review

★★★★☆ ‘I’ve got nothing much to live for ever since I found my fame,’ Lana Del Rey sings on ‘God Knows I Tried’, a typically wistful song from her impressive...

Battles – ‘La Di Da Di’ album review

Battles – ‘La Di Da Di’ album review

★★★☆☆ They may hate the tag, but avant-riffing three-piece Battles will forever be classed as ‘math rock’. Sounds geeky and boring, right? Geeky: absolutely....

Alex G – ‘DSU’ album review

Alex G – ‘DSU’ album review

  • 4 out of 5 stars

Looking for a vital new indie voice? It ain’t nothin’ but a G thang Don’t you dare call Alex Giannascoli a slacker. He may have long hair, a...

Childhood – 'Lacuna' album review

Childhood – 'Lacuna' album review

  • 3 out of 5 stars

Woozy shoegaze-pop, oozing nostalgia: a welcome debut by the Londoners Childhood: a perfectly carefree time of ice-lollies and climbing trees, apple pie and...

Caribou – 'Our Love' album review

Caribou – 'Our Love' album review

  • 5 out of 5 stars

Dan Snaith is back with some new kaleidoscopic love songs to rave about and to When you think of love songs, who comes to mind? Michael Bublé? Nina Simone? Sam...

Taylor Swift – ‘1989’ album review

Taylor Swift – ‘1989’ album review

  • 4 out of 5 stars

It’s an all-out pop trip for album number five, but executed brilliantly by this increasingly savvy star When Taylor Swift says this is her ‘very first...

The Kooks – 'Listen' album review

The Kooks – 'Listen' album review

  • 2 out of 5 stars

The noughties superstars attempt a reinvention, but can't escape their pop-rock roots When it was first announced that The Kooks had dusted off their trilbies...

Annie Eve – 'Sunday ’91' album review

Annie Eve – 'Sunday ’91' album review

  • 3 out of 5 stars

An inward-looking, slightly sleepy but still bewitching debut effort Oh, to be so beautiful and troubled. Fans of introspective, kohl-eyed woe will lap up this...

Honeyblood – 'Honeyblood' album review

Honeyblood – 'Honeyblood' album review

  • 4 out of 5 stars

A brilliant debut of raw but sublime alt rock by the Glasgwegian duo Honeyblood's first release, back in 2012, was a long sold-out home-made cassette called...

Ed Sheeran – 'X' album review

Ed Sheeran – 'X' album review

  • 3 out of 5 stars

We're grudgingly won over by the gooey-eyed romanticism of Ed's second On paper, Ed Sheeran makes no sense. He shambled into the spotlight in 2011 like a cross...

Jack White – 'Lazaretto' album review

Jack White – 'Lazaretto' album review

  • 4 out of 5 stars

The White Stripe's new solo album is a stonker, even without the bells and whistles of the deluxe vinyl version Super-fans who share Jack White’s fetish for...

Owen Pallett – 'In Conflict' album review

Owen Pallett – 'In Conflict' album review

  • 5 out of 5 stars

Armed with a violin and a glorious set of songs, the cool Canadian condenses complex into catchy Guitars are out. Violins are the new instrument of choice for...

Clean Bandit – 'New Eyes' album review

Clean Bandit – 'New Eyes' album review

  • 4 out of 5 stars

The violin-toting foursome debut with a simply good pop album – no strings attached It’s almost too easy to dismiss Clean Bandit with a sneer of inverted...