Marillion – Fear

FEAR continues a late-career renaissance that began with 2004’s Marbles. It’s a totally uncompromising record; 68 minutes made up of just five lengthy songs with no obvious radio-friendly singles. Politically charged lyrics alternate between sadness and anger, and rich, layered instrumentation references common Marillion touchstones such as Pink Floyd and late-period Talk Talk ..,
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Shawn Mendes – Illuminate

Illuminate mixes professions of romantic agony like “Mercy” (where a quietly hummed hook explodes into crashing drums), with nice-boy valentines like “Treat You Better” and bedroom come ons like “Lights On.” Two-thirds of the album is produced by Sheeran collaborator Jake Gosling, and deploys Sheeran’s mix of familiar pop vestments (electric guitar solos that float with John Mayer weightlessness, gently worried vocals that owe as much to Justin Timberlake as to gospel or R&B).
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Pixies – Head Carrier

The 12-song collection is likewise a keeper because it re-embraces the resplendent interplay between masculine and feminine signatures, somewhat lost on Indie Cindy. Those emerge masterfully here with constant collaboration with Lenchantin, whose presence is frequent and forthright – her indispensible role is confirmed with a turn as frontwoman on “All I Think About Now.”
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Yellowcard – Yellowcard

With the last several seconds ticking away on Yellowcard’s celebrated career, the conclusiveness of it all is overwhelming. Themes of love, loss, and the concept of what home means run throughout the veins of this track, and it feels like a representation of everything that has ever meant anything to both the band and their loyal fans. Like Yellowcard as a whole, it’s a befitting and worthwhile finale to one of the most incredible, memorable rides in the history of pop-punk.
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