Public Service Broadcasting – Live at Brixton

The richness of the instrumentals gives a warmth that enhances the hypnotising quality of tracks such as ‘E.V.A’ and ‘If War Should Come’. Interspersing these with energetic interludes from the likes of ‘Signal 30’ and ‘Theme from PSB’, the band curate an evening of dynamic ebbs and flows that can be sensed even from the comfort of the sofa.
DrownedInSound

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Tom Chaplin – The Wave

Like ocean waters – where it’s darkest beneath the shimmering surface – Tom Chaplin’s first solo LP The Wave is a beautiful debut churning with pain and desperation. After his band Keane went on hiatus in 2013, his struggles with addiction reached a scary low at the start of 2015, when he almost died after an extended drug binge. In the context of his subsequent recovery and rebirth, The Wave is a triumph.
AllMusic

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Agnes Obel – Citizen of Glass

While 2010’s Philharmonics and 2013’s Aventine were applauded for the artist’s piano work and the hushed beauty of her voice, here Obel complements her compositions with grandiose instrumentation, including violin, cello, spinet and the Trautonium. The additions are magnificent and never overwhelm, staying true to Obel’s commitment to minimalism and forming a haunting, symphonic quality that partners with delicate vocals as they lead the way through the album.
Exclaim

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Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker

Leonard Cohen’s 14th studio album is a bleak masterpiece for hard times from pop’s longest-serving poet. At 82 years old, what is truly extraordinary about Cohen is not that he is still making albums but that they are as rich, deep and potent as ever. If anything, his ruminations on life gain added poignancy and urgency with passing time.
Telegraph

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