The Listener

She is a severely limited songwriter – and singer: Taylor Swift's Reputation reviewed

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Grade: D+ I was suckered in by the brio of Taylor Swift’s first big single, ‘Love Story’, despite the clunking…

Oh dear Jesus... Liam Gallagher's As You Were reviewed

4 November 2017 9:00 am

Grade: C+ There was a certain thrill to be had from that first Oasis album, Definitely Maybe. Liam’s yob howl…

St Vincent may be this decade’s Prince

21 October 2017 9:00 am

Grade: A The old Tulsa sound was a rather agreeable low-key, shuffling, blues-inflected rockabilly — primarily J.J. Cale and Leon…

Modishly morose but full of fine moments: LCD Soundsystem's American Dream reviewed

23 September 2017 9:00 am

Grade: B+ Number one. Everywhere, just about. You have to say that the man has a certain sureness of touch.…

Reliably exquisite – despite a Trump tirade: The National’s Sleep Well Beast reviewed

9 September 2017 9:00 am

Grade: A– There are plenty of websites where fans try to discern, without any success, what in the name of…

Desperate drivel: Arcade Fire’s Everything Now reviewed

26 August 2017 9:00 am

Grade: D+ Well, this is truly awful. Perhaps the worst album by a major band since Mardi Gras by Creedence…

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Mick Jagger's new ‘anti-Brexit’ songs are a cut-and-paste job

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Two songs in which Sir Michael informs us that he is distressed by both Brexit and Donald Trump. Released with,…

Power, purity and pinpoint accuracy in this new recording of Beethoven’s greatest work 

29 July 2017 9:00 am

When you first encounter it, Beethoven’s Missa solemnis can sound like the Ninth Symphony with more singing but no tunes.…

McGonagall for sad hipsters: Jay-Z’s 4:44 reviewed

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Grade: B – All criticism is pointless, I suppose, given the sheer magnitude of the Shawn Corey Carter machine —…

Beth Ditto was once a riot grrrl – but her latest album is about as edgy as Wilson Phillips

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Boy is she fat, and getting fatter. I realise this is something we’re not meant to mention when talking about…

Peter Perrett’s How The West Was Won is a beautiful work, lush with swirling melodies

24 June 2017 9:00 am

Much though I loved it at the time, not a great deal of lasting worth came out of that fervid…

No one in this marvellously profane genre can touch Snoop Dogg: Neva Left reviewed

10 June 2017 9:00 am

The problem Calvin Broadus has is persuading the rest of us that he still a baaaad muthafucka. Snoop is now…

Thrilling new album from queercore garage punk band PWR BTTM

27 May 2017 9:00 am

How about some queercore garage punk? PWR BTTM — the name means something empowering to do with buggery — are…

As good a record as this rapidly dying genre deserves: Blondie’s Pollinator reviewed

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Ah, Blondie. Those happy days of glorious power pop, chilly disco and rich, fruity vocals — Debbie Harry yearning away…

The best tunes Ray Davies has come up with since 1972: Americana reviewed

29 April 2017 9:00 am

There is some surprise that after all these years Ray Davies has turned his attention to America. He is the…

Dylan sounds like a pissed-up karaoke performer on Benylin: Triplicate reviewed

8 April 2017 9:00 am

Having seen Bob Dylan play live a few years ago, I’m pretty sure he is not the first person I…

I used to love the working-class nihilism of Sleaford Mods – no longer

11 March 2017 9:00 am

It’s all beginning to wear very thin indeed. Ten years ago this already addled Nottinghamshire duo captured the attention with…