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This Week's Releases

15 October 2015 | 2:01 pm | Staff Writer

Raury — All We Need (Columbia/Sony)

Atlanta teen's debut album has 'hooks, melodies and rhythmic nous" that are "remarkable for such a young performer", winning the praise of Kanye West and Andre 3000 already. He switches "ceremoniously" between rapping and croooning, "straddling the boundaries of contemporary folk, electro, hip hop and soul". Raury picked up our Album Of The Week and four stars.

Citizen Kay — With The People (Asphalt Records)

Australian rapper Citizen Kay's first full-length is mostly "laidback '60s-style soul", which works much of the time but "fails to excite" at other times. Our reviewer posits that Family Ties is the album's best song featuring Kay's brother — "The siblings' back-and-forth verses are genuinely moving and the relaxed style finally takes off". Overall, we "get to see Citizen Kay as a person rather than a rapper"; we gave With The People three stars.

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Deerhunter — Fading Frontier (4AD/Remote Control)

Since frontman Bradford Cox's accident last year, the band have looked back to 2010 classic Halcyon Digest for inspiration. There are "plenty of lush instrumentation and ethereal melodies" as well as some "bright, synth-heavy pop songs that fire off some lovely melodies," but nothing that "leaves a lasting impression". We gave it three stars.

and the rest of the releases…

Alberta Cross — Alberta Cross (Dine Alone/Cooking Vinyl)
Avion Roe — Into The Rest (Epitaph/Warner)
Babes Are Wolves — You Only Live Twice (Independent)
Beach House — Thank Your Lucky Stars (Mistletone/Inertia)
Ben Ely — Goodbye Machine (Valve/MGM)
Ben Folds — So There (New West/Warner)
Blackalicious  Imani, Vol. 1 (Caroline)
Borns — Dopamine (Universal)
Bryan Adams Get Up (Universal)
Buika — Vivir Sin Miedo (Warner)
Caligula's Horse — Bloom (Inside Out/Century Media)
Claptone — Charmer (Different Recordings/[PIAS] Australia)
Coheed & Cambria — The Color Before The Sun (300 Entertainment/ADA)
Demi Lovato — Confident (Universal)
Gentlemans Pistols — Hustler's Row (Nuclear Blast/Caroline)
Gods Of Eden — From The End Of Heaven (Rocket)
Grave — Out Of Respect For The Dead (Century Media/Sony)
Here We Go Magic Be Small (Secretly Canadian/Inertia)
Jamie Lawson — Jamie Lawson (Gingerbread Man Records/Warner)
Jean-Michel Jarre Electronica 1: The Time Machine (Sony)
John Newman — Revolve (Universal)
Josh Ritter — Sermon On The Rocks (Warner)
Majical Cloudz — Are You Alone? (Matador/Remote Control)
Men From Earth — Wildwood Echoes (MGM)
Naytronix  Mister Divine (City Slang/Inertia)
Neon Indian  Vega Intl. Night School (Popfrenzy)
Nicholas Allbrook — Walrus (Spinning Top)
Nothing But Thieves — Nothing But Thieves (Sony)
Odd Mob — Diverse Universe (Tinted Universe)
Overkill — HistoriKill: 1995 — 2007 (Nuclear Blast/Caroline)
Pat Chow — Are You Okay? (Gun Fever Records)
Patrick James — Outlier (Create Control)
Pentatonix — Pentatonix (RCA/Sony)
Rafael Anton Irisarri  A Fragile Geography (Room40)
Real Lies — Real Life (Pod/Inertia)
Skegss — 50 Push Ups For A Dollar (Ratbag/Warner)
Son Little — Son Little (Anti-/Warner)
Soul Elixr — Inside Out (MGM)
State Champs — Around The World And Back (Pure Noise/Sony)
Synapson — Convergence (Warner)
Tam Vantage Life In High Definition (Lost And Lonesome)
The Go Set — Rolling Sound (Four|Four/ABC)
Yacht — I Thought The Future Would Be Cooler (Downtown/Create Control)
Yppah — Tiny Pause (Counter/Inertia)
Zak Stevens & Circle II Circle  Reign Of Darkness (earMusic/Sony)
Zebrahead — Walk The Plank (Rude)