Rock & Pop

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.

Avonmore

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

Seeds

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.

Four

One Direction extend their winning streak, with echoes of the 1970s and 1980s

Turning

In 2006, Antony Hegarty toured Europe with 13 women, some of them transgender, onstage beside him.