Christmas shopping is a nightmare, huh? It’s not just the actual physical bit where you have to negotiate a thousand slow-walking browsers on Oxford Street while carrying a dozen shopping bags – it’s the tricky process of actually choosing what you’re going to buy for a bunch of people you’ve hardly spoken to in the last year.
Well, if you’re struggling for present ideas, how about these five great albums released this month? We think there’s something here for pretty much everyone. Or if you’re one of those organised types who’s already got everything smugly wrapped up, then you’ve earned the right to sit in front of the fire with a mulled wine and a mince pie and listen to all five. Enjoy!
1. Josephine Foster – ‘I’m a Dreamer’ (November 11) ★★★★★
‘Like all Foster’s albums, it has the unobtrusive power to slow time, load it onto a vintage Victrola record player, and spin it gently into reverse…’ Read more and listen
2. MIA – ‘Matangi’ (November 4) ★★★★☆
‘Sonically, it’s as animated and singular as she’s ever been. Kanye may have trumpeted ‘Yeezus’ as a milestone in music, but he was only really drawing himself level with a woman who’s been stirring genres together in a fiery cauldron for years…’ Read more and listen
3. Lady Gaga – ‘Artpop’ (November 11) ★★★★☆
‘The basic elements might not be new, but the triumph of ‘Artpop’ is that it mixes its palette of influences in such entertaining ways…’ Read more and listen
4. Wooden Shjips – ‘Back to Land’ (November 11) ★★★★☆
‘A simple formula, elevated beyond repetitiveness or aimlessness by the sheer drive and panache of a band at the top of their freaky game.…’ Read more and listen
5. Blood Orange – ‘Cupid Deluxe’ (November 18) ★★★★☆
‘NYC’s passion, openness and penchant for funky basslines are all over “Cupid Deluxe”, contributing to an air of worldly-wise cool…’ Read more and listen
Bugged by the lack of Jake Bugg? Popping mad that we left off Icona Pop? Think our omission of Eminem seems a little… shady? Head to timeout.com/albums to check out more of November’s new music and have your say, or tweet us @TimeOutMusic.