If you're looking for the most efficient way to discover the best new music, look no further than this playlist.
To create it, we looked at the highest rated albums according to Metacritic.com, which applies a numerical rating to scores of music reviews across the spectrum of the web, and then averages them. This means that the albums on this list have a consensus of positive critical reviews, as opposed to the opinion of one person.
From this list of highest-ranked albums (score of 80 and above), we selected a stand-out track from each, and then compiled them into this playlist. All you need to do now is click the play button for a sampling of the current most talked about albums. And for you intelligent subscribers, you can listen to full albums for each track that catches your ear.
According to the critics, this is the current "best of the best".
8. Kookaburra - John Vanderslice
14. The Devil - PJ Harvey
18. Nantes - Beirut