Author: Jake Cleland

The Drums, ‘Brutalism’ review

Brutalism is an interrogation of main Drum Jonny Pierce’s unravelling life. Pitching itself as “self-care focused,” lead single Body Chemistry asks “Maybe I’m depressed/ Or maybe I know too much about the world.” The solution? A...

Bryan Adams, ‘Shine a Light’ review

Bryan Adams has perfected the popstar-as-paternal-figure pose, sounding on his 14th album like your dad selling you on how much he really, really loves his new girlfriend. And you know what? It’s damn convincing. Adams knows how...

Weezer, ‘The Black Album’ review

Locating Weezer’s convictions among 25 years of impish experiments has been tough, but they’ve always been dedicated to the purity of classic songwriting. The Beach Boys-inspired returns to form that were their last couple of...

Ariana Grande, ‘thank u, next’ review

Last year’s Sweetener made a little room for vintage Grande heartbreak jams, but for the most part it was a musically diverse statement of Grande’s confidence. thank u, next – its immediate follow-up – is more unsettled. She...