Our top picks of the latest albums to listen to every month, from pop to rap to rock. Our top choices this month will be a great addition to anyone’s record collection.
We have picked out our favourite songs from the albums below. Check out our May Songs of the Month playlist.
Arcade Fire | Columbia Records
Canadian indie rockers Arcade Fire return for their sixth studio album; WE. With some infectious vocal hooks, their latest record, which takes its name from a Russian dystopian novel, is well constructed, ambitious and builds purposely to a powerful conclusion.
Florence and the Machine | Polydor Records
Welch’s powerful vocals are once again front and centre on Florence and the Machine’s latest record. The English indie rock band rediscover their form on their experimental fifth studio album, as Welch bares all, displaying an invigorated spirit and fearless intensity throughout.
Kendrick Lamar | pgLang/Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath/Interscope Records
After a five year hiatus, the much anticipated fifth studio album from the Compton rapper has arrived. Kendrick wrangles with his own demons on Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers. For 75 mins, it’s relentless, frantic but with the shackles now seemingly off, who knows what’s in store for the future.
The Smile | XL, Self Help Tapes
A Light for Attracting Attention is the debut album from The Smile. This Radiohead side project from Yorke, Greenwood and Skinner feels very familiar, but also manages to mix up the formula. Covering a wide range of emotions and musical styles, this enthralling record is a little unsettling, but beatifully crafted.
Kevin Morby | Dead Oceans
Texan singer-songwriter Kevin Morby seventh studio album takes on the themes of life, death and love. Alongside wonderful saxophones, banjos and fiddles, This Is a Photograph takes an intimate look at the imperfection of life and the problems that follow us all.
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