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David Gray: Mutineers review a timeworn quality that's charismatic

(IHT/Kobalt) Optimism is the overriding theme of David Gray's 10th album, and when he's not insisting, rather manically, that he's " back in the world ", he's urging you to "kick off your shoes". Though you can often detect a furrowed brow or fraught phra

The The: Soul Mining reissue review a brilliant and idiosyncratic pop album

The The's first album dropped out of sight after its release in 1983 but was later acclaimed as a masterpiece. This reissue is richly deserved In his brilliant 2006 book Fear of Music , Garry Mulholland listed Matt Johnson's second album his first as th

x review Ed Sheeran's second album has a broad palette but lacks depth

(Asylum) x , Ed Sheeran 's second album, is not even out yet, but Sheeran's fans have already gone forth and multiplied, as per its instruction. One grateful US couple won tickets to a mobile phone event last year, where they were serenaded by Sheeran,

Electric Brick Wall review Black Bananas expand their parameters

(Drag City) Black Bananas is the latest alter ego of Jennifer Herrema, formerly the longer-haired half of Royal Trux, a 90s guitar-scuzz duo who made Bonnie and Clyde look upstanding. Electric Brick Wall follows 2012's Rad Time Xpress IV , two linked

Jennifer Lopez: AKA review too many cooks bring little flavour

(Capitol) Jennifer Lopez spreads herself across so many mediums that when she collected an Icon award from Billboard magazine last month the first woman to receive it she felt obliged to note that music was her "first love". There's a similar sense of s

Straight Arrows: Rising review reverb-slathered melodic garage rock

(Agitated) It's a slight disappointment to discover that Australia's Straight Arrows look like ordinary people. Their second album suggests they should, at the very least, be sporting black jeans of extraordinary tightness, Cuban-heeled chelsea boots an

GusGus: Mexico review artsy techno veterans get weird and dirty

(Kompakt) "When you woke up, I guess you didn't know I would steal you from your girlfriend," sings Daníel Ágúst Haraldsson in what is the most striking opening lyric to an album I've heard in a while. GusGus , Icelandic veterans of

David Gray: I had to find another way

Interview: singer David Gray on the tears, tantrums and thrown furniture that went into Mutineers, his new album

CD: Klaxons - Love Frequency

Klaxons are a great band. They’re also a brutal example of how a great band can make the wrong decisions and scupper themselves. Their Mercury-winning debut album Myths of the Near Future not only captures a moment when dance, rock and pop collided to o

CD: Klaxons - Love Frequency

Klaxons are a great band. They’re also a brutal example of how a great band can make the wrong decisions and scupper themselves. Their Mercury-winning debut album Myths of the Near Future not only captures a moment when dance, rock and pop collided to o