Just six recommended new releases for 28 October – smaller but still perfectly formed! Madness are back with their first album in 4 years, Can’t Touch Us Now, full of wry, observational lyrics and a lovely pop/reggae/soul fusion, which is a long-winded way of saying it’s situation normal, but splendid for all that. Given the dearth of albums by The Jam currently available on vinyl, it’s great to see the release of About The Young Idea, which is effectively a 3-LP best of, but does include a previously unreleased track for the completists out there. Jack Savoretti follows up the enormous success of Written In Scars with Sleep No More, again showcasing his exceptional voice and sense of a good melody, resulting in an album to appeal to many. More heads-down no-nonsense psychedelic rock from The Brian Jonestown Massacre on their 16th album, Third World Pyramid – they’ve already recorded their next album, so brace yourself! And CRX, the new band of Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi, release their debut, New Skin.
Album of the week is Toy’s third, Clear Shot – a thrilling mix of psychedelic, shoegaze and post-punk.
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