Radiohead - In Rainbows 10. After Dream River’s spacious meditations on the natural world, six years later we find Bill Callahan keeping things within four walls. To match the coarse subject matter, Dawson swapped the harps and strings of Peasant for electric guitar, drums and synths; “Black Triangle”, then, recounts the desperation of a UFO obsessive over wailing metal, while the gruelling “Fulfillment Centre” dissects damaging consumerism over Tuareg rhythms. Music Reviews: Uncut Instrumentals Vol. 31 MICHAEL KIWANUKA Recorded in Iceland with her adept collaborators Nathan Salsburg and James Elkington, with a little help from Will Oldham and a few local musicians, these 12 acoustic tracks are gossamer-fine, sometimes profound and utterly timeless. © 2020 UNCUT is a member of the media division of BandLab Technologies. 22 LEONARD COHEN Michael Bonner. The same is true, too, of Weyes Blood’s Natalie Mering – whose fourth album Titanic Rising, released in April, confronted the problems facing us all head on. When Robert Forster announced the release of a new Go-Betweens boxset last month, he did so safe in the knowledge that his latest album stood shoulder to shoulder with the work of his celebrated former band. H&A Archive. A slim but essential volume. UPSET THE RHYTHM Norman Fucking Rockwell Quiet Signs For sure the trio fluently speak the language of 1980: spare production, articulation of every note, songs called things like “Dislocate”. Like The River Loves The Sea 9 BIG THIEF 10 WILCO Something of a surprise, coming hot on the heels of 2017’s Sleep Well Beast, the band’s eighth studio album was inspired by a collaboration with filmmaker Mike Mills. Inferno Streatham rapper David “Dave” Omoregie may have capped a triumphant year with a starring role in Top Boy 3, but his debut album Psychodrama – the recipient of this year’s coveted Mercury Prize – was no generic gangster chronicle. Of the projects Giddens has been involved in since 2017’s Freedom Highway, There Is No Other might just be the finest. Crushing A collaboration with Italian multiinstrumentalist Turrisi, it addressed the ‘other’ of the title through its examination of Islamic influences on Western music: thus the title track mixed banjo with Middle Eastern percussion, Giddens’ impassioned vocals meshed with lute on “Ten Thousand Voices”, and a take on Ola Belle Reed’s “Gonna Write Me A Letter” highlighted the blues’ explicit links to Africa. Here, production by her brother Fineas O’Connell gave off a padded-cell ambience, which well suited songs falling somewhere between ’90s R&B, Dr Dre and Nine Inch Nails. Manic intensity is the John Dwyer way, his energies for keeping Oh Sees on an unforgiving schedule of writing, playing and recording mirrored in the brisk-tempo garage motorik that is the stuff of Face Stabber. COLUMBIA DRAG CITY Perrett’s sudden, miraculous reappearance back in 2017 with his first solo album proper, How The West Was Won, was one of the more surprising returns of recent times. But Vampire Weekend’s fourth album was a genuinely cosmopolitan effort. The Best Albums Of 2017 – The Uncut Top 50. Six years in the making, it gleefully mashed up all manner of musical styles – the glorious “Harmony Hall” alone veered from ’70s folk rock to ’90s gospel house, via Gilbert & Sullivan – but at the heart of it all, singer Ezra Koenig remained charmingly vulnerable. Western Stars Instead, this was an epic, dreamlike odyssey through grief and towards hope, accompanied by migrating spirits and galleon ships, sick babies and Jesus freaks, all engulfed in whirls of analogue synths and spectral, multi-tracked voices. Incidental Music SACRED BONES Eton Alive This debut, sure enough, surges onward through post-punk styles big and small, from The Fall to REM, to Prolapse and Idlewild. Uncut’s Best New Albums Of 2020. After the serious noise of her Body/ Head project, we were probably unprepared for the vibrancy and colour (even jokes) of No Home Record. From the nervy minimalism of their debut to the... Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchell, Fleet Foxes, Songhoy Blues, Paul Weller, The Doors, Drive-By Truckers, Kim Gordon, Metallica, Grandaddy and Todd Rundgren, Uncut’s Best Reissues & Compilations Of 2020, Graham Nash on Neil Young: “It’s incredible how prolific he was”, Introducing the Deluxe Ultimate Music Guide to Joni Mitchell, When Stevie Wonder toured with The Rolling Stones: “The building was actually vibrating”, Joni Mitchell – The Deluxe Ultimate Music Guide, David Bowie – Ultimate Record Collection: Part 2 (1977-89). Over baroque piano ballads and dazzling folk, the album’s narrators found themselves adrift in Del Rey’s deeply seductive vision of California, populated by ne’er-do-wells and fly-by-nights. COLUMBIA The previously unreleased album for the singer-songwriter was originally set to be released in 1975 before it was cancelled. RCA re-issued the album in February 1980, with the song "Gimme Some Lovin'" removed from the album.Uncut was produced by Jack Lavin.. ... hitting the No 1 spot for a record-setting third time in our Albums Of The Year. 30 JESSICA PRATT 50 SHANA CLEVELAND ELEKTRA 6 JOAN SHELLEY The top 70 albums of 2000 as voted for by the writers of Uncut magazine Bliss would be overstating it – Callahan is too nuanced a writer for that – but this is a record far more domestic than watery. A thematically rich record – crazy love during end times – Norman Fucking Rockwell positioned the singer-songwriter somewhere between Eve Babitz and Carole King. TAK:TIL Witness “Venice Bitch”, the nine-minute epic that crowned this elegant and complex album. UNCUT/MOJO albums of the year. Discover releases, reviews, songs, credits, and more about The Best Of 2011 (15 Tracks From Uncut's Albums Of The Year) at Discogs. COLUMBIA Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. A savvy, boisterous antidote to moody rap nihilism, the album placed Lizzo firmly in the lineage of Outkast and Missy Elliott, with the latter turning up to anoint her successor on the irresistible “Tempo”. 13 OH SEES Counting down our 50 favourite LPs of the year. After a fiveyear rest to pursue other projects – among them the very good Shopping and Bas Jan – Rachel Aggs, Gill Partington and Rachel Horwood reconvened for this fine third album. Subscribe to Uncut today and never miss an issue. NEIGHBOURHOOD Check the promo clips of the singer putting the bins out and walking disdainfully around the neighbourhood of Eton College itself. Her plucked guitar and strange, waiflike voice was gilded with occasional flute, piano and creaky synths that made it all sound like a tape reel discovered in someone’s loft, untouched since 1967 – or perhaps even 1667. 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