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Aloha, folks!!

Every Sunday, I will be featuring a new album on this forum. The album will be announced and posted on the Sunday, with links and comments on the tracks posted throughout the week.

I also encourage as many people to get involved and leave comments and ratings on each track, as well as the album as a whole.

On the Saturday I will be doing a summary of the album as a whole, as well as compiling all your comments and ratings for an overall rating.

The albums will be chosen by me, however I strongly encourage nominations by memo to be sent to me weekly.

DATEALBUM TITLEARTISTRATING
9/1/2022Dawn FMThe Weeknd7.7/10
16/1/2022Fix Yourself, Not The WorldThe Wombats8.0/10
23/1/2022The Gods We Can TouchAURORA8.1/10
30/1/2022Night CallYears & Years6.2/10
6/2/2022Laurel HellMitski8.2/10
13/2/2022The Dreamalt-J9.1/10
20/2/2022Space IslandBROODS6.7/10
27/2/2022angel in realtime.Gang of Youths9.3/10
6/3/2022MultitudeStromae8.3/10
13/3/2022ReWiggledThe Wiggles and Various Artists8.3/10
20/3/2022CRASHCharli XCX7.3/10
27/3/2022mainstream selloutMachine Gun Kelly6.2/10
3/4/2022TiltConfidence Man8.0/10
10/4/2022Chloë and the Next 20th CenturyFather John Misty8.6/10
17/4/2022Wet LegWet Leg8.0/10
24/4/2022ObsidianNorthlane6.8/10
1/5/2022SuperstarMall Girl7.1/10
8/5/2022WeArcade Fire8.9/10
15/5/2022RavageMogli7.2/10
22/5/2022Harry's HouseHarry Styles7.4/10
29/5/2022i used to think i could flyTate McRae5.9/10
5/6/2022Big TimeAngel Olsen7.0/10
12/6/2022Gold Rush KidGeorge Ezra6.7/10
19/6/2022In AmberHercules and Love Affair5.0/10
26/6/2022MUNAMUNA7.9/10
3/7/2022Between the Head and the HeartBoo Seeka7.1/10
10/7/2022FormenteraMetric7.9/10
17/7/2022SpecialLizzo6.9/10
24/7/2022Entering Heaven AliveJack White8.2/10
31/7/2022SurrenderMaggie Rogers7.5/10
7/8/2022King StingrayKing Stingray7.5/10
14/8/2022TraumazineMegan Thee Stallion6.2/10
21/8/2022Freakout/ReleaseHot Chip7.0/10
28/8/2022Pre PleasureJulia Jacklin8.2/10
4/9/2022TrustSOHN8.3/10
11/9/2022I Love You Jennifer BJockstrap8.3/10
18/9/2022Hold The GirlRina Sawayama7.9/10

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7/1/2022

The Weeknd - Dawn FM

https://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=The+Weeknd&titel=Dawn+FM&cat=a

Released approximately 3 hours ago via live stream event with Amazon Music, this is Tesfaye's fifth studio album. It features narration by Jim Carrey

The first single "Take My Breath" was released in August of 2021, and as of today's post is a Top 10 Hit on the Billboard US and ARIA charts, and a Top 20 hit in the UK.

The next single "Sacrifice" is set to be released on the 11th of January.

Ratings:
Metacritic89/100
Clash8/10
NME****
Paste8.8/10
Pitchfork8.0/10
Rolling Stone****

AUS-CHARTS RATING7.7/10

Here are the first 3 tracks for your listening:

1. Dawn FM (1:36) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8eFZoOcYKc
2. Gasoline (3:32) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0T4UykXuJnI
3. How Do I Make You Love Me? (3:34) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IB_FP_rEih4

Comments below!
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The next 2 tracks, which just happen to be the singles that have been released so far.

4. Take My Breath (5:39) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eT1E3gmST9U
5. Sacrifice (3:09) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6zblNbGXA4
6. A Tale By Quincy (1:36) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioL_Ozo_6iI
7. Out Of Time (3:34) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxgj5af8zg4
8. Here We Go... Again (ft. Tyler, The Creator) (3:29) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WMkhkbF6js

The music video for "Sacrifice" was released yesterday - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VafTMsrnSTU
already has 4.6M views on YouTube.
Also, 9 of the US Spotify Top 10 tracks for 7/1 was by tracks from this album - the 10th track being from Encanto.
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11. Starry Eyes (2:28) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDGyiXAMJAk
12. Every Angel is Terrifying (2:47) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gaCXN99pC8
13. Don't Break My Heart (3:25) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHFWp5s-KNQ
Dare I say... but I think this album is a complete and utter disappointment.
What would you rate it out of 10?
14. I Heard You're Married (ft. Lil Wayne)
(had to do this in 2 separate posts because forbidden)
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Even after some of the strong deep cuts on "After Hours", Abel is still very much a singles artist for me. The album version of "Take My Breath" was an improvement and the standout for me is "How Do I Make You Love Me?". I do agree with some of the critiques out there in that the album dips in quality in the second half. 3.5/6
Based on all the feedback I've received, Dawn FM has procured a rating, which will be added to a table at the top of the post.

It's a new week, we need a new album.

The Wombats - Fix Yourself, Not The World

https://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=The+Wombats&titel=Fix+Yourself%2C+Not+The+World&cat=a

Released on the 14th of January, this is The Wombats' 5th studio album.

The album began when all members were together in Los Angeles in 2019 and wrote several songs. It was then recorded remotely during several COVID-19 lockdowns beginning in 2020, with each band member in a different location: Matthew Murphy in Los Angeles, bassist Tord Øverland Knudsen in Oslo and drummer Dan Haggis in London. They made a plan each day before separately recording their parts and sending them on to the producers. Haggis said that the band "explored new genres and pushed ourselves further than ever musically" on the album. {Wikipedia}

Ratings:

Metacritic70/100
Clash8/10
NME****

AUS-CHARTS RATING8.0/10

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1. Flip Me Upside Down (3:13) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gg6R6l7w25I
2. This Car Drives All By Itself (4:45) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofaBaqb469M

"This Car Drives All By Itself" is set to be the next single released from the album. The music video was released on the 15th, and has 78k views on youtube.
3. If You Ever Leave, I'm Coming With You (2:49) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIlzMQEtE-I
4. Ready For The High (4:05) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAIMn4CYDBc
5. Method To The Madness (4:33) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1BAa7llX90

All three of these tracks were released as singles in 2021. "If You Ever Leave, I'm Coming With You" peaked at #22 in Mexico, and at #35 on the US Airplay chart.
6. People Don't Change People, Time Does (3:01) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jum4eWcm6H0
7. Everything I Love Is Going To Die (3:20) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XW09c_Lvpdg
8. Work Is Easy, Life Is Hard (3:16) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fa1RyuH24D4
11. Worry (3:10) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hj5ksyhXV_M

12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYxs2wrWuFc
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AURORA - The Gods We Can Touch

https://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Aurora+%5BNO%5D&titel=The+Gods+We+Can+Touch&cat=a

AURORA began production on a new album in November 2019. She hinted at plans to release a new album soon after the release of her A Different Kind of Human (Step 2) album. In an interview with Riff Magazine, she revealed she was working on two albums at once, one of which she has said is "longer into the future". Of the closer album, she stated, "The perspective is much bigger. It's still quite political, and it's still quite opinionated and it's also very emotional. It's even more about the individuals that make the army. It's an album for every individual within the big army of love". She further detailed the album in an interview with Motley, stating "My next album will be dressed in an armour of hardness. But I'm also really exploring the soft, delicate part of me, which I want to open up even more on my next album" {Wikipedia}

AURORA has already seen some relative success in 2021, with one of the singles "Cure For Me" reaching #180 in the recent Triple J H100 poll, as well as becoming a Top 10 hit on Aus-Charts Interactive.

Ratings:
Metacritic86/100
Clash8/10
NME****

ACI Top 25 discography:
DateTrackPeak
08-08-2021Cure For Me#7
30-01-2022A Dangerous Thing#3

AUS-CHARTS RATING[8.1/10]

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#TitleTimeLink
1The Forbidden Fruits of Eden(0:40)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBM7dMy6j5Y
2Everything Matters (ft. Pomme)(3:33)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0qHsWAZ4xU
3Giving In To The Love(3:01)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lN7AgyOlOPs
30/1/2022

Years & Years - Night Call

https://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Years+%26+Years&titel=Night+Call&cat=a

Night Call is the third studio album by Years & Years, and their first as a solo project. It was released on 21 January 2022 by Polydor Records. The album serves as a follow-up to his second studio album Palo Santo (2018). Marking the first album release of Years & Years as Alexander's solo project following the departure of Mikey Goldsworthy and Emre Türkmen, it was preceded by four singles, "Starstruck", "Crave", "Sweet Talker" with Swedish DJ duo Galantis and "Sooner or Later". Alexander will embark on the Night Call Tour in 2022 in support of the album in the UK and Ireland. {Wikipedia}

2021 single "Starstruck" spent 3 weeks in the ACI Top 25, and, along with "Sweet Talker" is a Top 40 hit in the UK.

Ratings:
Metacritic69/100
AllMusic****
Clash7/10
NME****

ACI Top 25 discography:
DateTrackPeak
06-06-2021Starstruck#21

AUS-CHARTS RATING6.2/10

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6/2/2022

Mitski - Laurel Hell

https://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Mitski&titel=Laurel+Hell&cat=a

Laurel Hell is the sixth studio album by Japanese-American singer-songwriter Mitski, released on February 4, 2022, through Dead Oceans. Patrick Hyland produced the album, which has been characterized as a record blending synth-pop, indie pop and electronic rock styles. According to Mitski, the album title is a folk term for being trapped in thickets of laurel that grow in the southern Appalachian Mountains.

Singles "Working For The Knife", "The Only Heartbreaker" and most recently "Love Me More" have peaked in the Top 50 on the US Hot Rock & Alternative Charts.

On ACI, Mitski has seen a high level of success from the singles from this album, with "Working For The Knife" debuting at #9 and going on to peak at #6. "The Only Heartbreaker" debuted at #2, and then peaked at #1 and stayed there for 7 weeks.

Ratings:
Metacritic83/100
AllMusic****
NME****
Pitchfork7.8/10
Rolling Stone****

ACI Top 25 discography:
DateTrackPeak
17-10-2021Working For The Knife#6
28-11-2021The Only Heartbreaker#1
06-02-2022Love Me More#3
20-02-2022Should've Been Me#19

AUS-CHARTS RATING8.2/10

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4Everyone(3:47)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyXm7ZZRJjM
5Heat Lightning(2:51)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvIkcN5YMH4
6The Only Heartbreaker(3:01)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ByCR2DRids
7Love Me More(3:32)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4J3Z9xgjWQ

"Love Me More" is the most recent single, and it debuted at #5 on ACI this week.
13/2/2022

alt-J - The Dream

https://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Alt%2DJ&titel=The+Dream&cat=a

The Dream is the fourth album by English indie rock band alt-J, released on 11 February 2022 by Infectious Music and the Canvasback Music division of Atlantic Records. It was promoted with the single "U&Me", which was released alongside the album's announcement on 22 September 2021. The track listing for the album was also revealed on this date through publication Stereogum. "Get Better" was released as the album's second single on 3 November 2021 and was accompanied by a pixel-art music video. "Hard Drive Gold" was released as the album's third single on 5 January 2022. "The Actor" was released as the fourth single on February 7, 2022.

Ratings:
Metacritic79/100
Clash7/10
NME****

ACI Top 25 discography:
DateTrackPeak
10-10-2021U&Me#7

AUS-CHARTS RATING9.1/10

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20/2/2022

BROODS - Space Island

https://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Broods&titel=Space+Island&cat=a

Space Island is an exploration of grief and all its many dimensions: its unpredictable nature and refusal to follow any linear path, its incredible capacity to bring great clarity and transformation. The album came to life during a period of serious upheaval for lead vocalist Georgia. Having married at the age of 21, she went through a difficult divorce soon after the release of BROODS’ previous album Don’t Feed the Pop Monster (a 2019 effort that led to appearances on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and “The Late Late Show with James Corden”). As Georgia turned to songwriting as a means of processing her grief, she and her brother/bandmate Caleb discovered an unlikely but wholly fitting vessel for that emotional outpouring.

Ratings:
Rolling Stone AU****
Slant***

ACI Top 25 discography:
DateTrackPeak
19-09-2021Piece Of My Mind#5
13-03-2022I Keep (ft. Tove Lo)#18

AUS-CHARTS RATING6.7/10

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Still unpacking the alt-J album! It's one of the few albums I have been intensely awaiting this year and I think it delivers, whether it gets to the heights of "RELAXER" at this stage remains to be seen. Definitely think the second half is a bit weaker than the first but I love how they continue to change things up. "U&ME", "Get Better", "Philadelphia" and "Hard Drive Gold" perhaps the highlights at this stage but hey it could easily change. 5/6 for now
#TrackTimeLink
1Goodbye World, Hello Space Island(2:23)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbYIK8yrUY8
2Piece Of My Mind(3:21)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q53nXPNj0T8
3Heartbreak(3:07)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KZRu0jD1dc
27/2/2022

Gang of Youths - angel in realtime.

https://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Gang+Of+Youths&titel=Angel+In+Realtime%2E&cat=a

angel in realtime. is the third studio album by Australian alternative rock band Gang of Youths. It was released on 25 February 2022. The album will be supported by a world tour commencing in Dublin on 3 March 2022.

Announced in a tweet from November 2021, the band said the album will be about "the life and legacy of Dave's father, indigenous identity, death, grief and God. And also the Angel, Islington."

Ratings:
Metacritic76/100
Riff Magazine10/10
Dork****
Exclaim!9/10
The Guardian***
NME****
Pitchfork6.8/10

ACI Top 25 discography:
DateTrackPeak
27-06-2021the angel of 8th ave.#2
15-08-2021unison#8
24-10-2021the man himself#1
16-01-2022in the wake of your leave#4

AUS-CHARTS RATING9.3/10

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#TrackTimeLink
1you in everything(6:51)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBzSNJkN3V0
2in the wake of your leave(4:03)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQwRJ-ZesWE
3the angel of 8th ave.(3:59)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fta-jt7oZEs
4returner(4:43)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dI98CD_VV9I
I am genuinely dumbfounded at BROODS missing the Top 100 completely with 'Space Island'. What happened there? This is a band with three Top 20 albums, including two that went Top 5. Even in NZ they could only manage #13. Wowee.
I definitely need more time with the GoY album, particularly the tracks which weren’t released ahead of the album. I don’t think it’s quite as strong as Go Farther In Lightness, however that still leaves a huge range of positive feelings available, and Angel In Realtime is still firmly within that range.

The Man Himself is utterly brilliant and should really have been the lead single. As good as The Angel Of 8th Ave is, and while it’s the most similar to their previous work and a good bridge to the new material, The Man Himself is much stronger, and not such a wild departure that it would immediately alienate fans. But that’s just me wishing The Man Himself would get even a fraction of the recognition it deserves.

In The Wake Of Your Leave and Unison are also incredibly strong, and along with the two previously mentioned singles they created a lot of excitement about the album for me. At this stage none of the tracks I hadn’t heard prior quite live up to them, although I do enjoy them all to some extent. Some of the tracks on Go Farther In Lightness took a while to get through to me before I really loved them, so I’m expecting and hoping for the same here.

Hearing in advance that this album would be a new sound for the band had me curious about just what that would entail, and while the album is quite diverse in sound, they’ve retained the intensity in their music and the emotion and vulnerability is still present in the lyrics. These traits are what made the group one of my favourites in recent times, so to have them still present on the new album is all I need. It’s a new sound for the band, but with enough of the old formula that it feels like a natural progression rather than a wild shift.

It’s too soon for me to do so yet, but if I were to review it on this site right now I’d score it 5/6. For a score out of ten for the purposes of this thread, I’d say 8.8/10.
6/3/2022

Stromae - Multitude

https://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Stromae&titel=Multitude&cat=a

Multitude is the third album by Belgian musician Stromae. It was released through Mosaert on 4 March 2022. It is his first studio album following his hiatus and since Racine carrée in 2013. The first single, "Santé", was released on 15 October 2021. Multitude also includes various music styles from different cultures, as seen in "Santé" and "L'enfer".

Ratings:
Clash9/10
NME****
Pitchfork8.0/10

ACI Top 25 discography:
DateTrackPeak
13-02-2022L'enfer#8

AUS-CHARTS RATING8.3/10

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13/3/2022

The Wiggles and Various Artists - ReWiggled

when the link for this album is created on A-C, I will post it here.

ReWiggled is a double album by Australian children's music band the Wiggles and various artists, released on 11 March 2022. Disc one is a tribute album of the Wiggles' songs reinterpreted by Australian artists and disc two is a studio album by the Wiggles covering some of their all-time favourite songs.

The album was announced on 15 December 2021. In a press release, Anthony Field said: "It's been really enjoyable and also so humbling, hearing all these wonderful artists doing their versions of Wiggles songs – they're all so very talented. And it's been a real thrill to get back in the studio together with all the Wiggles – the current members and the OG's – to record some cover versions of our own." A five track sampler was released digitally on the same day.

ACI Top 25 discography:
DateTrackPeak
06-02-2022Elephant (Like a Version)#23

AUS-CHARTS RATING8.3/10

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Disc One - performed by various artists:
#TrackArtistTimeLink
1Hot PotatoDZ Deathrays(1:15)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sK4Wy4LfoYY
2D.O.R.O.T.H.Y. (My Favourite Dinosaur)Spacey Jane(2:13)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0YE_myEsQ0
3H.O.L.I.D.A.Y.San Cisco(3:25)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kdmiZ8pPGA
4Apples & BananasPolish Club(2:04)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAmizWcZGKI
5The Shimmie ShakeLuca Brasi(1:25)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBa4GQ3tYd8
6We're All Fruit SaladMelbourne Ska Orchestra(4:18)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-k40kY4pGY
7Ba Ba Da Bicycle RideStella Donnelly(1:55)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqmzVEGfpek

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8Dressing UpEmily Wurramara(2:40)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chKVdn-nsnA
9Say The Dance, Do The DanceEmma Donovan & the Putbacks(2:46)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFWAeTgmki8
10Do The Propeller!Custard(2:02)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbiQAKO3TS4
11Can You (Point Your Fingers And Do The Twist?)The Chats(1:32)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o66ptS2BX2g
12Sicily (I Want To Go)Donny Benét(2:38)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yRbmpb78nU
13Big Red CarDami Im(2:21)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFBdSCnlIpY

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Disc two - performed by The Wiggles

#TrackOriginally byTimeLink
1Elephant (Like a Version)Tame Impala(3:22)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ai9l_8xy_pc
2Pub FeedThe Chats(2:08)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xef79Lqs1oU
3Brand New KeyMelanie(2:32)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YoGB8blM-c
4Praise YouFatboy Slim(3:51)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzILdwHLHA0
5We're Going To Be FriendsThe White Stripes(2:25)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wq3sJ4e8WjI
6Get on the Good FootJames Brown(3:48)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I10cnupZGCk
7Shipping Up To BostonDropkick Murphys(2:33)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R16rx9cGMs4
8ThunderstruckAC/DC(6:31)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zcguuA5530
9Apple CrumbleLime Cordiale & Idris Elba(3:05)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xMlmHxlUf8
10She's a RainbowThe Rolling Stones(4:14)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPjbV3j7fAU
11UmbrellaRihanna ft. Jay-Z(3:42)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-aiBeQMEag
12Sunday GirlBlondie(3:15)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktpXYoTAZ0I
13The WellermanNathan Evans(3:06)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBR2H52Pw6Y
14Bohemian RhapsodyQueen(5:48)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaMemgJDXWY

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ReWiggled is The Wiggles first ever ARIA #1 album this week! Congratulations!
20/3/2022

Charli XCX - CRASH

https://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Charli+XCX&titel=Crash&cat=a

CRASH is the fifth studio album by English singer-songwriter Charli XCX, released on 18 March 2022. It is her last album to be released under her current record contract with Atlantic Records. Charli announced the album title, release date, and artwork on 4 November 2021. Her website was also updated with information about the album's 2022 tour. The album was preceded by the four singles "Good Ones", "New Shapes" featuring Christine and the Queens and Caroline Polachek, "Beg for You" featuring Rina Sawayama, "Baby" and two promotional singles, "Every Rule" and "Used to Know Me".

Whereas Charli's prior work was known for its experimental, hyperpop production, Crash features a more conventional dance pop sound. Songs from the album include elements of pop music of the '80s and '90s, and Charli has cited Janet Jackson, among others, as a musical influence for the album. Upon release, the album received generally positive reviews from music critics.

Ratings:
Metacritic79/100
Clash7/10
NME****
Pitchfork8.0/10
Rolling Stone***1/2

ACI Top 25 discography:
DateTrackPeak
19-09-2021Good Ones#8
21-11-2021New Shapes (ft. Christine and the Queens & Caroline Polachek)#10
03-04-2022Constant Repeat#18

AUS-CHARTS RATING7.3/10

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27/3/2022

Machine Gun Kelly - mainstream sellout

https://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Machine+Gun+Kelly&titel=Mainstream+Sellout&cat=a

mainstream sellout is the sixth studio album by American musician Machine Gun Kelly, released on March 25, 2022, via Bad Boy Records and Interscope Records. It is his second collaborative project with drummer and producer Travis Barker, following 2020's Tickets to My Downfall. In August 2021, the album was announced under its original title, Born with Horns, by which it was known until being renamed in January 2022.

The album serves as a continuation of Kelly’s transition into the pop-punk genre. It was met with mixed reviews from critics.

Ratings:
Metacritic54/100
NME****
Allmusic**1/2
Rolling Stone**1/2
SputnikMusic1/5
The Independent**
Kerrang!3/5
The Guardian***
Clash6/10

AUS-CHARTS RATING6.2/10

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#TrackTimeLink
1born with horns(2:27)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfZpxEJfnfk
2god save me(3:00)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikfFepqlgYc
3maybe (ft. Bring Me The Horizon)(2:50)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0lDasB-YdQ
4drug dealer (ft. Lil Wayne)(2:52)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuBeChK0ots
5wall of fame (interlude) (ft. Pete Davidson)(0:32)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1L_J8Ywg_Ck
6mainstream sellout(1:47)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rma1qWLz40I
7make up sex (ft. blackbear)(2:02)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zu4pFdduW58
8emo girl (ft. WILLOW)(2:39)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_F0Dg95f6I
95150(2:54)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXNsjZ1Ftn4
10Papercuts (album cut)(3:01)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8E4FrFp96A
11WW4(1:12)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWPakLO9M3I
12ay! (ft. Lil Wayne)(2:04)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zw3Z3OV2Njs
13fake love don't last (ft. iann dior)(2:23)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dt6eJAWorX8
14die in california (ft. Gunna, Young Thug & Landon Barker)(3:27)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URimBVi-ItI
15sid & nancy(3:09)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7tDSzlEMk0
16twin flame(3:59)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQJVDwk3QFI
3/4/2022

Confidence Man - Tilt

https://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Confidence+Man&titel=Tilt&cat=a

Tilt is the second studio album by Australian electro pop band, Confidence Man. It was announced on 10 November 2021, alongside the album's lead single, "Holiday" and scheduled for release on 1 April 2022. According to the album's announcement press release, the album is "fierce, flirty and full of anthems" and listeners "might need to sit down before you hit play."

Ratings:
Metacritic82/100
Allmusic****
NME****

ACI Top 25 discography:
DateTrackPeak
28-11-2021Holiday#2

AUS-CHARTS RATING8.0/10

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10/4/2022

Father John Misty - Chloë and the Next 20th Century

https://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Father+John+Misty&titel=Chlo%EB+And+The+Next+20th+Century&cat=a

Chloë and the Next 20th Century is Father John Misty's fifth studio album and his first full-length project since the release of God's Favorite Customer in 2018. He began writing the album in spring 2020. It was recorded between August and December 2020. He entered the studio in August having written "Kiss Me (I Loved You)", "We Could Be Strangers", "Buddy's Rendezvous" and "The Next 20th Century". Following that session, Tillman mostly conceived what the album would be and wrote the rest of the songs before recording resumed in October 2020. It was co-produced by Tillman and his longtime collaborator Jonathan Wilson. The two first recorded "basic tracks" at Wilson's Five Star Studios. Strings, brass, and woodwinds were recorded in a session at United Recordings which featured numerous musicians, including trumpeter Wayne Bergeron and saxophonist Dan Higgins. The album was engineered and mixed by Dave Cerminara and features arrangements by Drew Erickson.

Ratings:
Metacritic82/100
AnyDecentMusic?7.8/10
The Guardian****
Uncut8/10
Entertainment WeeklyB+
Slant**
NME*****
Pitchfork7.9/10
Rolling Stone***1/2

ACI Top 25 discography:
DateTrackPeak
06-03-2022Funny Girl#18
27-03-2022Q4#9

AUS-CHARTS RATING8.6/10

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17/4/2022

Wet Leg - Wet Leg

https://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Wet+Leg&titel=Wet+Leg&cat=a

Wet Leg is the eponymous debut studio album by British rock band Wet Leg, released on 8 April 2022 by Domino. It was promoted by the viral hit "Chaise Longue", followed by the singles "Wet Dream", "Too Late Now", "Oh No", "Angelica", and "Ur Mum". The album received acclaim from music critics.

Commercially, the album topped the charts in Australia and the United Kingdom, and entered the top ten in Germany and Ireland.

Ratings:
Metacritic87/100
AllMusic****
Clash9/10
DIY*****
NME*****
The Guardian****
The Independent****
Rolling Stone****
Paste8.0/10
The Observer***
Pitchfork7.2/10

ACI Top 25 discography:
DateTrackPeak
07-11-2021Wet Dream#3
09-01-2022Too Late Now#14
19-06-2022Convincing#14

AUS-CHARTS RATING8.0/10

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24/4/2022

Northlane - Obsidian

https://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Northlane&titel=Obsidian&cat=a

Obsidian is the sixth studio album by Australian metalcore band Northlane. Originally scheduled for release on 1 April 2022, it was released on 22 April 2022 through the band's independent label Believe. It was self-produced by the band themselves and recorded at Chris Blancato's Studio in Sydney.

Ratings:
Blabbermouth.net6/10
Kerrang!***
Wall of Sound6.5/10

ACI Top 25 discography:
DateTrackPeak
13-03-2022Plenty#6

AUS-CHARTS RATING6.8/10

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1/5/2022

Mall Girl - Superstar

https://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Mall+Girl&titel=Superstar&cat=a

Norwegian quartet Mall Girl join the now-legion bands to release a debut album created during a lockdown. With songs assembled from their individual parts and passed around to band members who couldn’t meet, the resulting odd ball pop of Superstar careers through different moods and paces.

Ratings:
PopMatters7/10

AUS-CHARTS RATING7.1/10

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8/5/2022

Arcade Fire - We

https://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Arcade+Fire&titel=WE&cat=a

We is the sixth studio album by Canadian indie rock band Arcade Fire, released on May 6, 2022, through Columbia Records. Produced by Nigel Godrich and band members Win Butler and Régine Chassagne, the album was recorded in New Orleans; El Paso, Texas; and Mount Desert Island in Maine. It was preceded by the singles "The Lightning I, II" and "Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)". The album takes its name from the Russian dystopian novel We by Yevgeny Zamyatin.

It is the final album to feature multi-instrumentalist Will Butler, who departed the band in 2021 shortly after its completion.

Ratings:
Metacritic76/100
NME****
Pitchfork7.0/10

ACI Top 25 discography:
DateTrackPeak
17-04-2022The Lightning I#12
08-05-2022The Lightning II#4

AUS-CHARTS RATING8.9/10

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#TrackTimeLink
1Age of Anxiety I(5:27)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEh4Vfzow5U
2Age of Anxiety II (Rabbit Hole)(6:41)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fndu7y9uXa8
3Prelude(0:30)https://www.youtube.com/shorts/qK27FWryjnE
4End of the Empire I-III(5:23)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xqZrL4XWEs
5End of the Empire IV (Sagittarius A*)(3:54)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAUpD4FchZI
6The Lightning I(3:01)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8Xo-UE7T1Y&list=PLV_bVczPcRZToLM6PlVhoRUHNXPbfDzOI&index=9
7The Lightning II(2:34)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPHl5ZWYdjo
8Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)(4:33)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RIsFd39gVg
9Unconditional II (Race and Religion) (ft. Peter Gabriel)(4:20)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXGUMVoOPlk
10We(3:51)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4MHYNGmqng
A week late but I did very much enjoy the Mall Girl album! Thanks for the suggestion.
15/5/2022

Mogli - Ravage

https://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Mogli&titel=Ravage&cat=a

Singer, songwriter, and advocate Mogli can now add filmmaker to her list of accomplishments. After gaining international attention for her debut album Wanderer in 2017, Mogli has now embarked on a creative cinematic journey of self-discovery and healing for her new album, Ravage, out May 12.

“I have learned that it is very rewarding and can make you happy if you can be brave enough to be vulnerable,” shares Mogli. “We are lacking empathy in the world and vulnerability is a way toward more empathy. If you can share how you feel, it gives people a chance to understand you.”

The new album is accompanied by a beautiful film, which Mogli conceived, created, and executed, and features all 10 songs from the project. Throughout the film, each emotion of Fear and Bravery (played by Mogli), Melancholy, Love, Rage, Insecurity, and Mirth are brought to life through Mogli’s vision.

AUS-CHARTS RATING7.2/10

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22/5/2022

Harry Styles - Harry's House

https://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Harry+Styles&titel=Harry%27s+House&cat=a

English singer and songwriter Harry Styles announced the title of his upcoming third studio album as Harry's House on 23 March 2022, unveiling its artwork, a 40-second trailer and the album's release date as 20 May 2022. In the trailer, Styles steps on the podium of a theatre and grins while a "house façade" rises near him and synthesisers play in the background. Harry's House features 13 tracks. Joni Mitchell, who included a track called "Harry's House / Centerpiece" on her 1975 album The Hissing of Summer Lawns, tweeted that she "love[d] the title". Upon announcing the album, he set up an interactive website and a new Twitter account. The messages say "you are home" and "in this world, it's just us, you know it's not the same as it was". In an interview with Apple Music, Styles explained how he came up with the album title: "The album is named after Haruomi Hosono, he had an album in the '70s called Hosono's House [sic], and I spent that chunk in Japan; I heard that record and I was like 'I love that. It'd be really fun to make a record called Harry's House'." The album features John Mayer on lead guitar on "Cinema" and "Daydreaming".

Ratings:
Metacritic82/100
The Guardian****
DIY****
Page Six***
NME****
Pitchfork7.2/10
Rolling Stone****

ACI Top 25 discography:
DateTrackPeak
17-04-2022As It Was#3

AUS-CHARTS RATING7.4/10

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29/5/2022

Tate McRae - i used to think i could fly

https://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Tate+McRae&titel=I+Used+To+Think+I+Could+Fly&cat=a

i used to think i could fly is the debut studio album by Canadian singer Tate McRae, released on May 27, 2022, through RCA Records. It was preceded by the singles "Feel Like Shit", "She's All I Wanna Be", "Chaotic" and “What Would You Do?“. McRae will embark on a tour in support of the album from June 2022.

McRae told NME in 2021 that she analysed the "structures" of albums like Frank Ocean's Blonde (2016), Billie Eilish's When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019) and After Hours by the Weeknd (2020) as possible inspirations for the structure of her upcoming album. She explained to People in February 2022 that a number of her songs were "just [her] diary entries" and that when she has "ugly feelings" she writes them down.

McRae announced that she had finalized the track listing for the album and submitted it to her label on March 8, 2022, and she revealed the title and cover on April 1, 2022. After the album was originally set to have 12 tracks, McRae confirmed the inclusion of the track "What's Your Problem?" when the official track list was announced on April 11, 2022, bringing the total number of tracks up to 13.

Ratings:
Metacritic71/100
DIY****
The Independent****
Rolling Stone***

ACI Top 25 discography:
DateTrackPeak
27-03-2022she's all i wanna be#10

AUS-CHARTS RATING5.9/10

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5/6/2022

Angel Olsen - Big Time

https://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Angel+Olsen&titel=Big+Time&cat=a

Big Time is the sixth studio album by American singer-songwriter Angel Olsen, and her first original release since All Mirrors (2019). The album was released through Jagjaguwar on June 3, 2022. Produced by Olsen and Jonathan Wilson, the album was preceded by the singles "All the Good Times", "Big Time" and "Through the Fires". The record was accompanied by a 28-minute visual counterpart, directed by Kimberly Stuckwisch.


Ratings:
Metacritic89/100
NME****
Pitchfork8.1/10
Rolling Stone****

AUS-CHARTS RATING7.0/10

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12/6/2022

George Ezra - Gold Rush Kid

https://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=George+Ezra&titel=Gold+Rush+Kid&cat=a

Gold Rush Kid is the third studio album by English singer-songwriter George Ezra. The album was released on 10 June 2022 by Columbia Records. The album was promoted by three singles, "Anyone for You (Tiger Lily)", "Green Green Grass", and "I Went Hunting".

Ratings:
NME***

ACI Top 25 discography:
DateTrackPeak
27-02-2022Anyone For You (Tiger Lily)#24

AUS-CHARTS RATING6.7/10

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19/6/2022

Hercules and Love Affair - In Amber

https://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Hercules+%26+Love+Affair&titel=In+Amber&cat=a

In Amber is the fifth studio album by Hercules and Love Affair, released on 17 June 2022 by Skint Records/BMG. The band's founder, singer and musician, Andy Butler worked again with singer ANOHNI (previously of Antony and the Johnsons): ANOHNI appeared on several tracks, including the singles "Poisonous Storytelling", and "One".

ANOHNI suggested Andy Butler that they worked songs together. They ended up composing half of the tracks together. Butler then showed other songs he was writing and they realised that they wanted to record as a Hercules and Love Affair project.

The album was conceived over a period of five years. At a certain point they "started thinking about the texture of percussion, something with humanity that might complement the content of the songs". ANOHNI suggested that they record with drummer Budgie of Siouxsie and the Banshees and the Creatures. ANOHNI stated: "It had this kind of perfection that was almost sugary. Budgie, as a drummer, completely epitomises that volatile, volcanic texture of creation, but also has a very exquisite form". "He found ways to articulate quite a feminine violence, or a feminine exuberance; a strength, a really fortified, agile, threatening at times power".

Multi instrumentalist Reinhard Vanbergen joined in for the sessions and Butler asked Icelandic singer to do backing vocals on the single "One" and the lead on "Dissociation". ANOHNI suggested that Butler sings more than two songs on the album. It is the first time on Butler's career that he opened an album with him on vocals.

The album was different from previous Hercules and Love Affair works. Music journalist Dean Mayo Davies wrote that In Amber was about 'contemplating the inevitability of mortality, and trying to find peace within that fact". Butler stated he needed to express his discomfort and could not make something comfortable: "making a 90’s sounding techno or house record, or an odd 80’s sounding dance track was not anything I needed to do".

Ratings:
Metacritic77/100
The Arts Deskvery favourable
AnOthervery favourable
The Quietusvery favourable
The Line of Best Fit7/10
Ken Scrudatovery favourable
Pitchfork6.7/10

AUS-CHARTS RATING5.0/10

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#TrackTimeLink
1Grace(3:56)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmbDJFHqpoQ
2One (ft. ANOHNI)(4:37)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2m_1BhOxa4k
3You've Won This War(5:45)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GlXpkuBOv4
4Christian Prayers (ft. ANOHNI)(5:47)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pd6m3cZzhxc
5Dissociation (ft. Elin Ey)(4:14)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izzcx8sZnCQ
6Contempt For You (ft. ANOHNI)(5:05)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_B2dP930-Y
7Gates of Separation(5:11)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQGjyLrioYk
8Killing His Family (ft. ANOHNI)(3:50)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CzU4fOoAf0
9Who Will Save Us (ft. ANOHNI)(4:07)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wi1Qy6jKVLQ
10The Eyes of the Father(5:16)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2TPyWTtSho
11Poisonous Storytelling (ft. ANOHNI)(5:20)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZwLntcI7SQ
12Repent(3:18)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ri6TJTiuM8U
26/6/2022

MUNA - MUNA

https://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=MUNA&titel=MUNA&cat=a

MUNA is the self-titled third studio album by American indie pop band Muna, released on June 24, 2022. It is their first album as an independent artist, after they signed with Phoebe Bridgers' Saddest Factory Records imprint in 2021. It was promoted by the singles "Silk Chiffon", "Anything but Me", "Kind of Girl", and "Home by Now". The album was met with critical acclaim upon release.

In 2020, Muna was dropped by RCA Records, with which they had released their first two albums, and in May 2021 signed with Saddest Factory Records, an imprint of Dead Oceans owned by American singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers. Throughout 2021 and 2022, Muna toured with Bridgers on her Reunion Tour and with Kacey Musgraves on her Star-Crossed: Unveiled tour.

Muna will be primarily a synth-pop album, but according to lead singer Katie Gavin, "the sound of this record explodes in a ton of different directions". Guitarist Josette Maskin said of the album, "What ultimately keeps us together is knowing that someone's going to hear each one of these songs and use it to make a change they need in their life. That people are going to feel a kind of catharsis, even if it's a catharsis that I might never have known myself, because I'm fucked up."


Ratings:
Metacritic85/100
The Line of Best Fit10/10
Loud and Quiet9/10
Gigwise8/10
DIY****
Exclaim!7/10
Dork*****
NME****

ACI Top 50 discography:
DateTrackPeak
26-09-2021Silk Chiffon (ft. Phoebe Bridgers)#23
19-06-2022Home By Now#10
10-07-2022What I Want#1

AUS-CHARTS RATING7.9/10

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3/7/2022

Boo Seeka - Between The Head & The Heart

https://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Boo+Seeka&titel=Between+The+Head+%26+The+Heart&cat=a

Australian electro-pop producer/singer Boo Seeka has been on an incredible tear with releases over the last 12 months. So when we heard about Boo’s upcoming album Between The Head & The Heart we were very quick to jump at the opportunity to hear this one early – and boy did Boo deliver!

Between The Head & The Heart is filled with warm, bubbly, enthralling tracks that are distinctly Boo. Throughout the course of the 12 track album Boo drifts between airy, emotional tracks & more vibrant, exhilarating party tracks – there really is a little something for everyone here. ~ City Hub Sydney

Ratings:
CityHubSydney****
NorthernBeachesREVIEW***1/2

AUS-CHARTS RATING7.1/10

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10/7/2022

Metric - Formentera

https://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Metric&titel=Formentera&cat=a

On their sharp and powerful eighth album, created during the uncertain and intense times of the pandemic, Metric found escape in a Spanish island they’d never been to. The Balearic isle of Formentera – this record’s namesake – became a far-away idyll in the band’s minds while they worked in the studio, unlocking a blissful sense of release back in Toronto, 4,000 miles away from its blue seas and white sands. ~NME

Ratings:
Metacritic75/100
NME****
Clash***

ACI Top 25 discography:
DateTrackPeak
22-05-2022All Comes Crashing#12
03-07-2022Doomscroller#16

AUS-CHARTS RATING7.9/10

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17/7/2022

Lizzo - Special

https://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Lizzo&titel=Special&cat=a

Special is the fourth studio album by American singer and rapper Lizzo. It was released through Nice Life and Atlantic Records on July 15, 2022. It was preceded by the lead single "About Damn Time", released on April 14, 2022.

Ratings:
Metacritic85/100
Evening Standard****
The Independent*****
NME****
The Line of Best Fit6/10
Pitchfork6.4/10

AUS-CHARTS RATING6.9/10

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24/7/2022

Jack White - Entering Heaven Alive

https://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Jack+White+%5BUS%5D&titel=Entering+Heaven+Alive&cat=a

Entering Heaven Alive is the fifth studio album by the American rock musician Jack White, released on July 22, 2022, through Third Man Records.

In October 2021, White released "Taking Me Back", his first solo single since 2018. An acoustic version, "Taking Me Back (Gently)", was released as the B-side. In November 2021, White revealed that he would release two solo albums in 2022: Fear of the Dawn, which will feature White's traditional rock sound, and Entering Heaven Alive, a folk album.

In December 2021, White announced the Supply Chain Issues Tour kicking off on April 8, 2022, in Detroit, Michigan. The tour covers North America and Europe. On January 14, 2022, White released lead single "Love Is Selfish" and an accompanying music video. On February 11, 2022, White released the "Love Is Selfish" single with the Fear of the Dawn title track as its B-side. On March 3, 2022, White released the song "Hi-De-Ho" (which features rapper Q-Tip, formerly of hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest) as the second standalone single from Fear of the Dawn. The single included the B-side "Queen of the Bees". Finally on June 8, 2022, White released the song "If I Die Tomorrow" with an accompanying video.

Ratings:
Metacritic82/100
NME****
Rolling Stone***1/2

AUS-CHARTS RATING8.2/10

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#TrackTimeLink
1A Tip From You To Me(2:42)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JF30GpW__vo
2All Along The Way(3:52)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmUlF-daJ64
3Help Me Along(4:46)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76SnbbtK7EY
4Love Is Selfish(2:52)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sul6nqGgjiE
5I've Got You Surrounded (With My Love)(4:24)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m879W3xHAko
6Queen Of The Bees(2:30)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deVoXXBIOds
7A Tree On Fire From Within(2:59)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTBFiN1GTvU
8If I Die Tomorrow(2:59)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jv6Fc04ragc
9Please God, Don't Tell Anyone(4:00)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgK88Inonm4
10A Madman from Manhattan(4:26)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDJ-yJC9Lx8
11Taking Me Back (Gently)(4:36)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwat6Muf8aE
31/7/2022

Maggie Rogers - Surrender

https://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Maggie+Rogers&titel=Surrender&cat=a

Surrender is the second studio album by American singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers. It was released on July 29, 2022, through Debay Sounds and Capitol Records. It follows the release of her 2019 debut studio album, Heard It in a Past Life.

Rogers teased recording sessions for her forthcoming second album throughout 2021 into early 2022. She stated that the album would be self-produced and sounded like "feral joy". In March 2022, Rogers shared a link to a site counting down to March 30. On that day, she announced that her second studio album, titled Surrender, would be released on July 29, 2022. Rogers simultaneously released an album trailer she co-directed with Michael Scanlon. On June 15, 2022, Rogers revealed the album's track listing via Instagram.

Ratings:
Metacritic80/100
NME****
Pitchfork7.3/10
Rolling Stone***

ACI Top 25 discography:
DateTrackPeak
24-04-2022That's Where I Am#17
10-07-2022Want Want#5

AUS-CHARTS RATING7.5/10

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7/8/2022

King Stingray - King Stingray

https://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=King+Stingray&titel=King+Stingray&cat=a

King Stingray’s self-titled debut album is a revelation. An awakening. But at the same time, it’s everything the world has come to love from this five-piece Yolŋu surf rock combo, who have been ripping Australian stages and airwaves apart since 2020. Hailing from the Northern Territory and Queensland, the tight-knit crew of Yolŋu (Aboriginal people of northeast Arnhem Land) and balanda (non-Indigenous) musicians have produced a set of 10 tracks to rival any Australian band’s debut. Think Warumpi Band’s Big Name, No Blankets. Tame Impala’s Innerspeaker. The Chats’ High Risk Behaviour. Then add an ancient tradition of manikay (song/songlines) that dates back tens of thousands of years, and a profound love of country and Mother Earth, and there sits King Stingray. Raw, wild and free. A roadtrip into northeast Arnhem Land, stringybark trees flying past the window, surrounded by mates and with the stereo blasting. King Stingray’s do-it-yourself ethos and connection to home and family resonates through every song, from the funk-laden joy of Milkumana, to the soaring Milk Mirri Wayin, the sweet melancholy of triple j favourite Get Me Out, the boppy fun of Camp Dog, the punk rock thrash of Raypirri and the acoustic beauty of album closer Life Goes On. Recorded and produced between the NT, Brisbane and the Byron Bay hinterland, King Stingray rocks vibrant and colourful like a great glowing djäpana (sunset) through the East Arnhem Land sky. The album is a vital entry to Australian music and cements the band’s status as one of the most exciting acts to burst out of the NT in years.

Ratings:
NME*****

ACI Top 25 discography:
DateTrackPeak
14-08-2022Let's Go#22

AUS-CHARTS RATING7.5/10

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14/8/2022

Megan Thee Stallion - Traumazine

https://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Megan+Thee+Stallion&titel=Traumazine&cat=a

Traumazine is the second studio album by American rapper Megan Thee Stallion, released on August 12, 2022, by 300 Entertainment and 1501 Certified.

The album was preceded by three singles: "Sweetest Pie", featuring Dua Lipa, released on March 11, 2022, "Plan B", released on April 22, 2022, and "Pressurelicious", featuring American rapper Future, released on July 22, 2022. Apart from Lipa and Future, the album features additional guest appearances from Key Glock, Latto, Pooh Shiesty, Rico Nasty, Jhené Aiko, Lucky Daye, Sauce Walka, Lil' Keke and Big Pokey.

Ratings:
Metacritic82/100
Clash8/10
The Guardian****
Rolling Stone****
NME****
Pitchfork7.1/10

AUS-CHARTS RATING6.2/10

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21/8/2022

Hot Chip - Freakout/Release

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The eighth full-length studio release for British electro-pop band Hot Chip was written and recorded at its East London studio.

Ratings:
Metacritic74/100
PopMatters9/10
AllMusic****
NME***
Pitchfork7.6/10

ACI Top 25 Discography
DateTrackPeak
22-05-2022Down#1

AUS-CHARTS RATING7.0/10

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28/8/2022

Julia Jacklin - Pre Pleasure

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Since releasing her debut album Don’t Let the Kids Win in 2016, Melbourne’s Julia Jacklin has carved out a fearsome reputation as a direct lyricist, willing to excavate the parameters of intimacy and agency in songs both stark and raw, loose, and playful. If her debut announced those intentions, and the startling 2019 follow-up Crushing drew in listeners uncomfortably close, PRE PLEASURE is the sound of Jacklin gently loosening her grip.

Stirring piano-led opener ‘Lydia Wears A Cross’ channels the underage confusion of being told religion is profound, despite only feeling it during the spectacle of its pageantry. The gentle pulse of ‘Love, Try Not To Let Go’ and dreamy strings of ‘Ignore Tenderness’ betray an interrogation of consent and emotional injury. The stark ‘Less Of A Stranger’ picks at the generational thread of a mother/daughter relationship, while the hymnal ‘Too In Love To Die’ and loose jam of ‘Be Careful With Yourself’ equate true love with the fear of losing it.

Recorded in Montreal with co-producer Marcus Paquin (The Weather Station, The National), PRE PLEASURE finds Jacklin teamed with her Canada-based touring band, bassist Ben Whiteley and guitarist Will Kidman, both of Canadian folk outfit The Weather Station. It also introduces drummer Laurie Torres, saxophonist Adam Kinner and string arrangements by Owen Pallett (Arcade Fire) recorded by a full orchestra in Prague.

PRE PLEASURE presents Jacklin as her most authentic self; an uncompromising and masterful lyricist, always willing to mine the depths of her own life experience, and singular in translating it into deeply personal, timeless songs.

Ratings:
Metacritic84/100
Pitchfork7.4/10
The Observer****

ACI Top 25 Discography:
DateTrackPeak
31-07-2022I Was Neon#11

AUS-CHARTS RATING8.2/10

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#TrackTimeLink
1Lydia Wears a Cross(4:02)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4D6buHQYhUI
2Love, Try Not To Let Go(3:44)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1ZU9q42mgY
3Ignore Tenderness(3:09)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_B1zsbxU0U
4I Was Neon(4:03)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-aXMU3Et90
5Too in Love to Die(3:36)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owGdELciZMI
6Less of a Stranger(4:32)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=891YJ_ES9C8
7Moviegoer(3:47)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHgIBX9dZYk
8Magic(2:59)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrH4v-mQzJw
9Be Careful With Yourself(3:48)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mueUwrjOP60
10End of a Friendship(4:24)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLxyULWNehI 

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4/9/2022

SOHN - Trust

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Four years after his last original music, English singer, songwriter and producer SOHN will return with his new record ‘Trust’. Off the back of an incredible history at DSPs with over 100 million streams, the album finds him further exploring a sound that first found success in the electronic and noir-pop spaces, and now explores deeper roots in folk structures and an aching, emotive balladry. Whilst still drawing on the influences that garnered such a rabid international audience, the album is an unequivocal statement of SOHN as an ambitious auteur beyond simple genre tags.

Late night TV, radio support and global sell-out tours coloured the previous two album cycles, but SOHN’s third studio album came from a massive shift in his perception and direction. Having spent five years writing, recording and toiling on a record that he no longer loved, he decided to start anew, from scratch. Missing community and friendship in life and the creative process, he realised he could no longer work alone as on previous albums – and took a leap of faith in starting to practise the giving and taking of trust with creative collaborators. The resulting record is the sound of SOHN realising who he is, and that he’s already home.

With a global tour on the horizon, including London’s iconic Roundhouse, and extensive promo and marketing campaigns promised, it feels like a vital new phase in SOHN’s development as a career musician. Ten years after first rising to prominence with viral hit ‘The Wheel’, ‘Trust’ represents an important step in further finding his true artistic voice and stepping out of his comfort zone.

AUS-CHARTS RATING8.3/10

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11/9/2022

Jockstrap - I Love You Jennifer B

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Jockstrap previously hinted at I Love You Jennifer B’s impending release with their previous singles ‘50/50’ and ‘Concrete Over Water’. Both of which were playlisted by BBC Radio 6 Music and were subject of universal acclaim at national and international press. The cosmic accompanying video for ‘Concrete Over Water’ was premiered at an exclusive screening at The Castle Cinema, Hackney, followed by another of Jockstrap’s iconic parties at The Glove That Fits.

Commenting on the impending album release, Jockstrap’s Georgia Ellery and Taylor Skye said: “I Love You Jennifer B is a collection of Jockstrap tracks that have been 3 years in the making. Everything on it is pretty singular sounding so we hope there is a track on there for everyone and something that speaks to you and says ‘I’m a banger.’” Skye added of ‘Glasgow’ (their new single): “‘Glasgow’ is our coming of age, moving forward, long-distance, travelling, beautiful bosk, wonderful thicket song.” And Ellery said of the song’s subject: “Glasgow is a great city, perhaps my favourite in the UK! Only downside is that it’s so damn cold all the time.”

When Georgia Ellery and Taylor Skye make music as Jockstrap, the process and result has one definition: pure modern pop alchemy. With their debut album I Love You Jennifer B, Jockstrap will cement themselves as one of the most vital young groups to emerge from London’s melting pot of musical cultures in years.

Ratings:
Metacritic91/100
Pitchfork8.4/10
NME*****

ACI Top 25 singles discography:
DateTrackPeak
02-01-202250/50#6
18-09-2022Glasgow#7

AUS-CHARTS RATING8.3/10

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18/9/2022

Rina Sawayama - Hold The Girl

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Hold the Girl is the second studio album by Japanese-British singer Rina Sawayama. It was released on 16 September 2022 by Dirty Hit. The lead single from the album, entitled "This Hell", was released on 18 May 2022. The album, recorded between 2020 and 2021, features production from collaborators including Paul Epworth, Clarence Clarity, Stuart Price and Marcus Andersson. Clarence Clarity also produced much of Sawayama's debut album Sawayama (2020).

Ratings:
Metacritic84/100
AllMusic****1/2
Pitchfork6.5/10
NME*****

ACI Top 25 singles discography:
DateTrackPeak
14-08-2022Hold The Girl#2

AUS-CHARTS RATING7.9/10

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25/9/2022

Crooked Colours - Tomorrows

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One of Australia’s most acclaimed and beloved indie-dance trios, Crooked Colours have long been earmarked as the country’s most consistently awe-inspiring and flourishing exports. With a near-decade of multifaceted experience behind them, from their debut AIR nominated-LP ‘Vera’, ARIA Dance Chart number 1 album ‘Langata’, and multiple national headline tours, the Perth-based band has naturally developed an aptitude for producing dance music that inspires a wave of emotional vulnerability. Now, the industry-admired trio present their most well-rounded and emotionally driven body of work yet, ‘Tomorrows’, a manifestation of sonic and personal maturation for Phil Slabber, Leon Debaughn, and Liam Merrett-Park. The 13-track album presents a sense of reflection on the trying times of the past few years, while also establishing optimism for what is to come. Solidifying their position as one of the world’s hottest electronic acts, ‘Tomorrows’ fuses delicate acoustic instrumentation, evocative vocals, upbeat lyricism, and dancefloor-ready synth transmissions to create a dynamic, shape-shifting sound all of their own. Crooked Colours have more than established themselves as electronica heavyweights on the local and international scene, and today cement their claim with their third studio album ‘Tomorrows’, out now via Sweat It Out and Atlantic Records.
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