Righteous rock, a hard-won revival and some good old vibes

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Righteous rock, a hard-won revival and some good old vibes

Got a case of the lockdown blues? Just check out these new albums of surprises to keep you looking up

Neil McCormick

There was a moment when Manchester quartet The 1975 looked like the band of the future ... before they went and made the same mistake as so many great bands from the past. Yes, it’s their turn to release a self-indulgent double album collecting every doodle and distraction to have crossed their collective mind over the past two years.

Reviews have been very mixed for the sprawling, 22-track, 80-minute-long Notes on a Conditional Form. Is it a masterpiece or mess? Or both? Like a lot of hubristic doubles, there is actually a fine single album in here somewhere, if you have the time and patience to dig it out for yourself. As the title implies, that is a big if.

American literary alt-rockers The Airborne Toxic Event are on much more focused form with righteous sixth album Hollywood Park. It is an accompanying piece to the memoir of mainman Mikel Jollet, who was raised in a violent cult, enduring poverty and addiction before finding redemption in music. Just your usual rock ‘n’ roll territory then...

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