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Hendra by Ben Watt review

(Unmade Road) Ben Watt 's second solo album (the first since 1983's North Marine Drive ) sees him team up with ex-Suede guitarist Bernard Butler and Berlin-based producer Ewan Pearson for 10 unassuming songs about life, loss, grief and the like. T

Ben Watt, Hendra, review

Ben Watt moves into the spotlight with flowing melodies and woven instrumentation, says Neil McCormick

Why Frozen's Let It Go is more than a Disney hit it's an adolescent aperitif

The Oscar-winning track is an LGBT anthem, YouTube parody and feminist call for freedom. But for Dorian Lynskey, it's the sound of his daughter's burgeoning independence Read Mark Kermode's four-star review of Frozen I dont yet know what my song of

EMA: The Future's Void review dystopian angst with a personal touch

Erika M Anderson's second album mines a rich seam of digital despair to stirring effect Kitty Empire reviews Justin Timberlake at the London O2 There were few more arresting songs in 2011 than EMA 's California , a track taken from her solo debut,

Lift Your Spirit review Aloe Blacc revisits 70s soul

(Polydor) Aloe Blacc's major-label debut does what it promises: it lifts your spirit. The retro-pop singer he of Wake Me Up, the song he voiced and co-wrote with Swedish DJ Avicii, as well as big 2011 hit I Need a Dollar honours 70s soul here, the 12 trac

Under Color of Official Right review Protomartyr's 'pleasurable dose of anomie'

(Hardly Art) This Detroit post-punk band set some tongues wagging at SXSW the recent Texan music conference festival for being something of an anti-buzz band . Industrial decline in the 1970s yielded British post-punk; Detroit's post-industrial eviscerat

It's Album Time review Todd Terje's 'rich mix'

(Olsen) Terje Olsen's debut LP is a rich mix indeed. The Norwegian DJ has a knack for melody and modulation and a penchant for cheesy synths, big arpeggios and Giorgio Moroder basslines. He also has a gift for genre-splicing opener proper Leisure Suit Pr

Why you should listen to Out Among the Stars by Johnny Cash this week video review

Although he's sceptical of the Man in Black mythology around Johnny Cash, Alexis Petridis recommends the posthumous album Out Among the Stars. Recorded with a producer better known for his poppier 'countrypolitan' sound, the album contains great tunes, so

Trio Riot: Trio Riot review punkish but poised improv jazz

(Efpi) Trio Riot are British tenor saxophonist Sam Andreae, Danish alto-saxist Mette Rasmussen and Swiss drummer David Meier. They share improv, jazz, rock and classical experiences, apparent in the mix of free-jazz squalling, punky thrashing and someti

Aloe Blacc: Lift Your Spirit review a valiant effort, but uninspiring

(Interscope/XIX) Retro soulman Aloe Blacc seems to have his sights set on the big time. After co-writing and lending his vocal to EDM producer Avicii's 2013 hit Wake Me Up , Blacc's third solo album sits firmly in poppy, ready-to-chart R&B territory. I