Arlo Parks

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The 50 best albums of 2021
And finally – a deserving winner, whose second solo album is a truly relatable, pin-sharp pop classic. We reveal our No 1 album of 2021

Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Laura Snapes

17, Dec, 2021 @6:52 AM

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The 50 best albums of 2021, No 9: Arlo Parks – Collapsed in Sunbeams
A stunning debut emerged from the darkness of lockdown to win the London newcomer chart success and a well-deserved Mercury prize

Dave Simpson

07, Dec, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Grammys 2022: Jon Batiste, HER and Justin Bieber lead nominations
Olivia Rodrigo, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X also among those with multiple nominations in top categories

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

24, Nov, 2021 @8:54 AM

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On my radar: Courtney Barnett’s cultural highlights
The singer-songwriter’s current obsessions include Californian burgers, a horticultural app and this year’s Mercury prize winner

Kathryn Bromwich

13, Nov, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Arlo Parks review – heart-rending and frustrating
The Mercury prize-winner showcases her tender, though musically bland debut album in a set that cries out for the full force of her nine-strong band

Kitty Empire

18, Sep, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Arlo Parks’ warm voice and diaristic lyrics rightly earn her the Mercury prize
In a strong field including career highs from Wolf Alice and Ghetts, the 21-year-old singer-songwriter prevailed with an album full of tangible lived experience

Alexis Petridis

10, Sep, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Mercury prize 2021: Arlo Parks wins for Collapsed in Sunbeams
21-year-old singer-songwriter adds to Brit award win earlier in the year

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

09, Sep, 2021 @9:13 PM

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End of the Road 2021 review – phones firmly in pockets at life-affirming festival
From Little Simz to Richard Dawson, the indie stalwart’s 15th anniversary party provided a joyous slice of summer in a difficult year

Ammar Kalia

06, Sep, 2021 @10:43 AM

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From Ghetts to Genesis, Nick Cave to Arlo Parks: autumn 2021’s essential music
From Fontaines DC to the Valkyrie, a techno Halloween to Little Simz, this is the unmissable music of the next few months

Alexis Petridis, Ammar Kalia and Andrew Clements

25, Aug, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Mercury prize 2021: first-time nominees dominate shortlist
No 1 albums by Wolf Alice, Mogwai and Celeste are joined by leftfield artists such as Hannah Peel and Nubya Garcia in race for prestigious music award

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

22, Jul, 2021 @10:16 AM

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Arlo Parks review – impassioned live show creates heady sense of joy
Playing to a masked, distanced audience may not be every singer’s dream but this was a performance of dazzling intimacy

Dave Simpson

09, Jul, 2021 @12:20 PM

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Manchester international festival 2021: the best music, from Damon Albarn to Arlo Parks
It’s time to welcome back live performance – from sizzling Afrorave to chart-topping pop and soothing neoclassical sounds

Sophie Harris

29, Jun, 2021 @6:00 AM

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