Reviews Label: XL Recordings

Label: XL Recordings

13 reviews found

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KFAI - Roar of the Underground
Ratatat - Ratatat album cover


Ratatat, 2004

5.1 / 10

The hype machine works in interesting ways. It can make or break a band even if the wind changes direction. Music critics go from band to band and suck every ...

M.I.A. - Arular album cover


Arular, 2005

7.4 / 10

Superfluous. If I could describe the music press' fawning over female Sri-Lankan/British emcee M.I.A. in a single word, that would be it. This excessive praise for a new artist is ...

The Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldiers album cover

The Raconteurs

Broken Boy Soldiers, 2006

7.8 / 10

A raconteur is defined as "one who tells stories and anecdotes with skill." A skillful storyteller draws in his audience with an introduction that makes them want more. "Steady, as ...

Thom Yorke - The Eraser album cover

Thom Yorke

The Eraser, 2006

6.5 / 10

I'm pretty sure Thom Yorke needs no introduction. As part of "that" band Radiohead he has helped make some the most beautiful, challenging and plain odd music of the last ...

Ratatat - LP3 album cover


LP3, 2008

3.0 / 10

Even if you haven’t heard of Ratatat, you’ve heard them. They boast an impressive list of their songs featured in endless commercials and movies. Ratatat is everywhere. Beginning in 2004 ...

M.I.A. - /\/\ /\ Y /\ (MAYA) album cover


/\/\ /\ Y /\ (MAYA), 2010

7.0 / 10

The hipsterati and the New York Times may have set their sights on MIA but, frankly, I don’t have the time to care what she eats during an interview. Besides, ...

Tyler, The Creator - Goblin album cover

Tyler, The Creator

Goblin, 2011

8.9 / 10

By definition, a goblin is an ugly, evil creature of legend; a lowly monster of sin and filth, and represents the anti-culture of the teller. Even though these creatures are ...

Atoms For Peace - Amok album cover

Atoms For Peace

Amok, 2013

7.7 / 10

Every so often an unusual group of veteran musicians gather to form what was coined in the late ‘60s as a supergroup. There have been exceptional creative ventures, from the ...

Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires Of The City album cover

Vampire Weekend

Modern Vampires Of The City, 2013

8.9 / 10

When the hoax artwork claiming the group’s next album was to be “Lemon Sounds” appeared, it is perhaps unsurprising that so many people were convinced it was real. For the ...

Sigur Rós - Kveikur  album cover

Sigur Rós

Kveikur , 2013

8.0 / 10

I came to know Sigur Rós through their early material, all very long, dreamy recordings with just a hint of pop rock bliss to ground them. Ágætis byrjun and ( ) are the albums ...

Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool album cover


A Moon Shaped Pool, 2016

8.0 / 10
200 Words Or Less

A Radiohead album release has become akin to finding folding money under a seat cushion. It doesn't happen often and when it does, it's usually a surprise.Such was the release ...

Thom Yorke - Suspiria (Music for the Luca Guadagnino film) album cover

Thom Yorke

Suspiria (Music for the Luca Guadagnino film), 2018

9.0 / 10

Taking a page from bandmate Jonny Greenwood’s songbook, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke has thrown himself into the breach of film scoring and it really takes only 1 minute and 47 seconds ...

Thom Yorke - Anima album cover

Thom Yorke

Anima, 2019

9.0 / 10

There’s a kind of anxious immediacy that bleeds through every song on Anima, Thom Yorke’s latest solo album. Normally this would signal a lack of cohesion or at the very ...

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