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The Big Listen: Arlo Parks – Collapsed In Sunbeams

The unflinchingly honest 20-year-old Londoner has been riding a wave of hype for nearly a year now, but her debut album confirms she’s a rare talent who smashes even these lofty expectations.

The Genius of… Futures by Jimmy Eat World

As the emo heroes prepare to livestream a track-by-track run-through of this follow up to Bleed American, we swim in the waters of an expansive, emotional record that frontman Jim Adkins describes as being from their “more is more period”

The Big Listen: Steven Wilson – The Future Bites

The prog magician’s sixth solo album finds him delving deeper into his pop side while critiquing rampant consumerism and delivering his renowned fretboard virtuosity.

The Genius Of… Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue by Martin Scorsese

Finally set for release on DVD and Blu-ray, Martin Scorsese’s account of one of the greatest tours in the history of live music is “an alchemic mix of fact and fantasy”. Capturing carnival leader Bob Dylan at the peak of his powers, it’s worth watching for the all-star guitar playing alone.

The Genius Of… Sea Change by Beck

Beck’s 2002 break-up album is a haunting listen that blends direct and simple songwriting with sophisticated, emotionally charged guitar playing.

The Big Listen: Shame  – Drunk Tank Pink

South London post-punkers Shame exploded onto the scene in 2018 with their debut album Songs Of Praise. They return with an updated guitar sound, determined to innovate.

​The Big Listen: The Dirty Nil – Fuck Art

When a global pandemic threatened to jeopardise this Canadian trio’s third album, guitarist Luke Bentham stepped up to complete a masterclass in power-punk in just 32 hours.

The Genius Of… Heaven Or Las Vegas by Cocteau Twins

Cocteau Twins’ sixth album was a work of genius helmed by their influential guitarist and producer Robin Guthrie. Despite the album’s troubled gestation, it soars higher than anything else in the band’s catalogue.
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