Album Reviews

From time to time, album reviews will appear on this blog. Hopefully this won’t be limited to new releases but will also include some old ones, classics or not, which we have listened to a lot again recently.

Every album will be ranked out of 10, based upon the strength of each individual track and how it comes together in an album. We will give each song an integer rating out of 10, then take the average of the album to get the album rating. For albums with an awkward number of songs on, the rating will be rounded to the nearest 0.5.

The basic ranking system is as follows:

0 – 2 : Dreadful

2.5 – 4 : Poor

4.5 – 5.5: Average

6 – 7: Very Good

7.5 – 8.5: Excellent

9 – 9.5: Almost Perfect

10: An absolute masterpiece

Keep an eye at this page for all the album reviews as they happen!

Below is a list of the records we own, ordered by artist and then release date. The links will be available when, or if, we decide to review them. Should you wish us to review one, just drop us a note and we will get round to it as soon as we can!

Alt-J:

  • An Awesome Wave
  • This Is All Yours

Arctic Monkeys:

  • Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
  • Favourite Worst Nightmare
  • Humbug
  • Suck It And See
  • AM

The Automatic:

  • Not Accepted Anywhere
  • This Is A Fix
  • Tear The Signs Down

Bastille:

  • Bad Blood (+ All This Bad Blood)
  • VS.

Beastie Boys:

  • Licensed To Ill
  • Paul’s Boutique
  • Ill Communication
  • Hello Nasty

Ben Howard:

  • Every Kingdom
  • I Forgot Where We Were

Biffy Clyro:

  • Blackened Sky
  • The Vertigo of Bliss
  • Infinity Land
  • Puzzle
  • Only Revolutions
  • Lonely Revolutions
  • Opposites
  • Similarities

The Black Keys:

  • Turn Blue

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club:

  • Take Them On, On Your Own
  • Howl
  • Specter At The Feast

Bloc Party:

  • Silent Alarm
  • A Weekend In The City
  • Intimacy
  • Four

Bombay Bicycle Club:

  • The Boy I Used To Be
  • How We Are
  • I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose
  • Flaws
  • A Different Kind of Fix
  • So Long, See You Tomorrow

Bon Iver:

  • For Emma, Forever Ago
  • Blood Bank
  • Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Brandon Flowers:

  • Flamingo

Chvrches:

  • The Bones Of What You Believe
  • Every Open Eye

City and Colour:

  • Sometimes
  • Bring Me Your Love
  • The Hurry And The Harm
  • If I Should Go Before You

Coldplay:

Cold War Kids:

  • Robbers & Cowards
  • Loyalty To Loyalty
  • Behave Yourself
  • Mine Is Yours
  • Dear Miss Lonelyhearts
  • Hold My Home

The Common Linnets:

  • The Common Linnets

Damien Rice:

  • 0
  • 9
  • My Favourite Faded Fantasy

Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip:

  • Angels
  • The Logic Of Chance
  • Repent Replenish Repeat

Dizzee Rascal:

  • Maths and English
  • Tongue N’ Cheek

Dog Is Dead:

  • All Our Favourite Things

Duke Special:

  • Songs From The Deep Forest
  • I Never Thought This Day Would Come
  • The Stage, A Book and the Silver Screen
  • Under The Dark Cloth
  • Oh Pioneer
  • Look Out Machines!

Ed Sheeran:

  • You Need Me
  • Loose Change
  • Songs I Wrote With Amy
  • No.5 Collaborations Project
  • +
  • x

Editors:

Emeli Sande:

  • Our Version of Events

The Enemy:

  • We’ll Live And Die In These Towns
  • Music For The People
  • Streets In The Sky

Fall Out Boy:

  • From Under The Cork Tree
  • Infinity On High

The Feeling:

  • Twelve Stops and Home
  • Join With Us

Foo Fighters:

  • Foo Fighters
  • The Colour and the Shape
  • There Is Nothing Left To Lose
  • One By One
  • In Your Honour
  • Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
  • Wasting Light
  • Sonic Highways

Foxes:

  • Glorious

Franz Ferdinand:

  • Franz Ferdinand
  • You Could Have It So Much Better
  • Tonight
  • Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action

Franz Ferdinand and Sparks:

  • F.F.S

The Fray:

  • How To Save A Life

Fun.:

  • Aim and Ignite
  • Some Nights

Gabrielle Aplin:

  • English Rain
  • Light Up The Dark

George Ezra:

  • Wanted On Voyage

Gnarls Barkley:

  • St.Elsewhere

Good Charlotte:

  • The Young and the Hopeless
  • The Chronicles of Life and Death
  • Cardiology

Gorillaz:

  • Gorillaz
  • Demon Days
  • Plastic Beach

Green Day:

  • 1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hour
  • Kerplunk!
  • Dookie
  • Insomniac
  • Nimrod
  • Warning
  • Shenanigans
  • American Idiot
  • 21st Century Idiot
  • Uno!, Dos!, Tre!

Hard-Fi:

  • Stars of CCTV
  • Once Upon A Time In The West
  • Killer Sounds

The Hoosiers:

  • The Trick To Life

Hozier:

  • Hozier

Imagine Dragons:

  • Night Visions
  • Smoke + Mirrors

Jack Johnson:

  • Bushfire Fairytales
  • In Between Dreams
  • Sleep Through The Static
  • To The Sea

James Bay:

  • Chaos And The Calm

James Morrison:

  • Undiscovered
  • Songs For You, Truths For Me
  • The Awakening
  • Higher Than Here

John Newman:

  • Tribute

The Joy Formidable:

  • The Big Roar
  • Wolf’s Law

Kaiser Chiefs:

  • Employment
  • Yours Truly, Angry Mob
  • Off With Their Heads
  • The Future Is Medieval
  • Education, Education, Education & War

Keane:

  • Hopes & Fears
  • Perfect Symmetry
  • Strangeland

The Killers:

  • Hot Fuzz
  • Sam’s Town
  • Sawdust
  • Day and Age
  • Battle Born

Kodaline:

  • In A Perfect World
  • Coming Up For Air

Linkin Park:

  • Hybrid Theory
  • Meteora
  • Minutes To Midnight
  • A Thousand Suns
  • Living Things
  • The Hunting Party

The Lumineers:

  • The Lumineers

Mama Rosin:

  • Bye Bye Bayou

Mark Ronson:

  • Record Collection
  • Uptown Special

Maxïmo Park:

  • A Certain Trigger
  • Our Earthly Pleasures
  • Quicken The Heart
  • The National Health
  • Too Much Information

Mumford & Sons:

  • Sigh No More
  • Babel
  • Wilder Mind

Muse:

  • Showbiz
  • Origin Of Symmetry
  • Hullabaloo
  • Absolution
  • Black Holes and Revelations
  • The Resistance
  • The 2nd Law
  • Drones

My Chemical Romance:

  • The Black Parade

Newton Faulkner:

  • Hand Built By Robots
  • Rebuilt By Humans
  • Write It On Your Skin
  • Studio Zoo

Noah and the Whale:

  • Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down
  • The First Days of Spring
  • Last Night on Earth
  • Heart of Nowhere

No Devotion:

Of Monsters and Men:

  • My Head Is An Animal
  • Beneath The Skin

Paloma Faith:

  • A Perfect Contradiction

Parachute:

  • The Way It Was

Passenger: 

  • All The Little Lights

Peace:

  • In Love
  • Happy People

Pendulum:

  • Hold Your Colour
  • In Silico
  • Immersion

The Pigeon Detectives:

  • Wait For Me
  • Emergency

Public Service Broadcasting:

  • Inform Educate Entertain
  • The Race For Space

Rage Against The Machine:

  • Rage Against The Machine
  • Evil Empire
  • The Battle of Los Angeles
  • Renegades

Razorlight:

  • Up All Night
  • Razorlight
  • Slipway Fires

Red Hot Chili Peppers:

  • Blood Sugar Sex Magik
  • One Hot Minute
  • Californication
  • By The Way
  • Stadium Arcadium
  • I’m With You

Reverend and the Makers:

  • The State of Things
  • @Reverend_Makers

Royal Blood:

  • Royal Blood

Scouting For Girls:

  • Scouting For Girls
  • Everybody Wants To Be On TV
  • The Light Between Us

The Script:

  • The Script
  • Science & Faith
  • #3

Scroobius Pip:

  • Distraction Pieces

Seafret:

  • Tell Me It’s Real

Sia:

  • 1000 Forms of Fear

Snow Patrol:

  • Eyes Open

Tinie Tempah:

  • Disc-overy

Tired Pony:

  • The Place We Ran From
  • The Ghost Of The Mountain

Tom Odell:

  • Long Way Down

Two Door Cinema Club:

  • Tourist History
  • Beacon
  • Changing Of The Seasons

U2:

  • War
  • The Joshua Tree
  • Achtung Baby
  • All That You Can’t Leave Behind
  • How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
  • No Line on the Horizon

Vampire Weekend:

  • Vampire Weekend
  • Contra
  • Modern Vampires Of The City

Vetusta Morla: 

  • Un Dia En El Mundo
  • Mapas

The White Stripes:

  • Icky Thump

The xx:

  • xx
  • Coexist

Young The Giant:

  • Young The Giant

The Zutons:

  • Tired Of Hanging Around

The 1975:

  • The 1975
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