Rock & Pop

AC/DC – Rock or Bust first listen review

The 16th AC/DC studio album should, really, have been a lap of honour.

David Guetta, Listen, review: No emotional depth

Guetta's seventh album is deemed his most personal but favours the familiar, says Neil McCormick

Mary J Blige: The London Sessions review – heartfelt and classy

(Island)Collaborations between US R&B royalty and UK acts have become relatively common but it’s hard to think of one as heartfelt and classy as this. Blige’s co-writers, including UK-to-US success stories Disclosure, Emeli Sandé and Sam Smith, find

Einstürzende Neubauten: Lament review – a mesmerising first world war memorial

(Mute)Lament is the 14-track recording of a live installation by this august German industrial outfit (associates of Nick Cave), performed in Belgium to mark the centenary of the first world war. Industrial bands have some affinity for the horrors of mech

CD: David Guetta - Listen

I’m not sure exactly how much it costs to rent out Abbey Road’s Studio 2, the room in which the Beatles recorded all the good stuff; the studio where, now, the “Lady Madonna” piano is shoved to one side to make way, but I’m guessing it’s lots

Mary J Blige: The London Sessions review – aspirational but charismatic

(Island)Mary J Blige has decided not to go cryptic with the title of her latest album: The London Sessions comprises 12 songs she recorded with the likes of Disclosure, Emeli Sandé and Sam Smith during a recent month-long stay in the city. In fact, so in

Olly Murs: Never Been Better review

(Epic)Not winning The X Factor hasn’t done Olly Murs much harm. He’s notched up three multiplatinum albums and four No 1 singles, and this fourth album will probably keep him in arenas. Arms will surely raise to the catchy, Hues Corporation-ish pop of

One Direction: FOUR album review - "More powerful than ever"

One Direction are making a habit of defying expectations.


Following a 2012 release with the bafflingly Ferry-less Bryan Ferry Orchestra, the duke of avant-fop returns with this lavish set.


TV on the Radio's fifth studio album is the sound of healing – but first, it's the sound of a band going over its wounds, and boy, do they run deep.