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Odludek review - Jimi Goodwin's 'urgent, abrasive' solo debut

Doves may be resting but there's no keeping their frontman quiet Critics of Goodwin's main band Doves - currently on indefinite hiatus - tend to portray the trio as comfortable indie plodders. His first solo album is a decent riposte: full of urgent, abr

Future Islands: Singles review - evangelical, overwrought AOR

(4AD) Singles is an album overwrought with emotion. And like anything that thrusts itself at you in such a sincere way, you may either want to embrace its theatricality, or retreat from it. Certainly, there is very little breathing space to be had. Beg

Sisyphus: Sisyphus review - comedy hip-hop from Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux and Serengeti

(Asthmatic Kitty) There's something of the Flight of the Conchords about Sisyphus, not that that's a bad thing. This collaboration , between orchestral indie prophet Sufjan Stevens and alt hip-hop stalwarts Son Lux and Serengeti, doesn't smoosh toge

Night Time, My Time review - Sky Ferreira crackles with wild-eyed energy

(Polydor) Some long-gestating albums bear no trace of their difficult birth; not this one. Sky Ferreira's debut, originally slated for 2011 but beset by label disputes and creative U-turns, sounds like a reasonably conventional pop record that's been dra

Lost in the Dream review - the War on Drugs turn 80s arena rock into something more intriguing

(Secretly Canadian) On Lost in the Dream , his third album as TWOD, Adam Granduciel puts forward the notion that no genre is irredeemable. This Philadelphian longhair and his band have dusted off the smug 80s chug of Dire Straits , the percolations of

Never Forget review - folk trio the Young'uns prove adept historians

(Hereteu) One part of folk's remit is to honour the past and keep old songs alive; another to maintain the tradition of social commentary. This Hartlepool trio document Teesside history with gusto; this latest album has songs about the peasants' revolt

How Mica Levi got Under The Skin of her first film soundtrack

The Guildhall-trained Micachu And The Shapes musician took inspiration from John Cage, strip-club music and euphoric dance for her soundtrack to the new Scarlett Johnannson movie Composing for a film was such new territory for me that I approached Under

Tom Hickox, War, Peace & Diplomacy, review

Tom Hickox is the most powerful and original lyrical songwriter this country has produced in years, says Neil NcCormick

Kylie Minogue: Kiss Me Once review - 'Glossy and depthless'

(Parlophone) Her voice isn't the strongest, the lyrics are woeful and filler abounds - but Kylie hasn't lost her knack for producing a superior brand of pop Twenty-seven years into a career that was supposed to last about 27 minutes, the release of Kylie

Tom Hickox: War, Peace and Diplomacy - album stream

Exclusive: listen to a digital stream of Tom Hickox's debut album