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Jenny Lewis, Voyager, review: 'lush'

Jenny Lewis' third solo album is overflowing with sunshine melodies and breezy harmonies, says Neil McCormick

The Ramona Flowers – Dismantle and Rebuild

There’s a particular seam within the current indie strata that’s all but been mined out. The mass hunger for sweeping, fist-pumping anthemics, however, shows little sign of abating. Kodaline. Bastille. The 1975. Chancers all; purveyors of the very sli

CD: Andy Bell – is Torsten the Bareback Saint

“A theatrical pop song-cycle of musical postcards from the hotspots of memory from a semi-immortal polysexual sensualist’s life” is how the fourth solo album from Erasure's Andy Bell describes itself. The story and album begin with “Freshly Bugger

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, The Forum, review: 'wild and joyous'

The veteran funk pioneer put on a show as electrifying as it was chaotic, says Neil McCormick

Lese Majesty review Shabazz Palaces take hip-hop into another dimension

(Sub Pop)Hip-hop is constantly being tweaked and nudged in new directions, but rarely is it reconfigured as radically, and thrillingly, as on this second album from Shabazz Palaces. Their previous work set the template free-flowing, futuristic rap dusted

The Voyager review Jenny Lewis goes into confessional mode

(Warner)Years ago, dulcet-voiced Jenny Lewis, frontwoman of LA indie rockers Rilo Kiley, released her debut solo album Rabbit Fur Coat, an undersung indie-country-soul gem. Since then, much has happened, and also, somehow, not enough. Rilo Kiley are no mo

Reissue CDs Weekly: Troubadours - Folk and the Roots of American Music

Various Artists: Troubadours - Folk and the Roots of American Music Part 1; Part 2; Part 3; Part 4read more

Cher Lloyd: Sorry I'm Late review fun but hollow sensory-overload pop

(Syco)Cher Lloyd was born with an ability to entertain from her first X Factor audition to her botched attempts to make the phrase "Swagger Jagger" catch on, she is (often unwittingly) a mesmerising creature to behold. Her second album, however, tries

Andy Bell: Torsten the Bareback Saint review brave, bawdy concept album

(Cherry Red)"Freshly buggered, he braved it into school the next day" is a brave start to an album. But then Torsten the Bareback Saint, the soundtrack to Andy Bell's one-man show at the Edinburgh festival fringe, is a brave album. It tells of a journey

Burt Bacharach review not so much a gig as a primer in composing genius

Royal Festival Hall, LondonThe dapper 86-year-old is humble about his amazing songbook, but when he takes the mic, its bittersweet magic is revealedThough he has absolutely no reason to be, Burt Bacharach is exceedingly modest. "How many American composer