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Beck: Morning Phase - review

(EMI) Unless your preferred medium of consuming music is notation (2012's Song Reader came in sheet music form only), Morning Phase represents the first Beck album since 2008's Modern Guilt. This return from a lengthy hiatus isn't the only thing exciting

The Jezabels: The Brink - review

(Play it Again Sam) Stars in their native Australia, where their debut album, Prisoner , peaked at No 2, the Jezabels are unlikely to find British audiences quite so willing to embrace their glossy power pop. For one thing, their reference points (Fle

Nina Nesbitt: Peroxide - review

(Island) Nineteen-year-old Scot Nina Nesbitt has skipped insouciantly down the contemporary route to fame. Posting cover versions on YouTube at 16, she received early endorsements from Ed Sheeran and Example, and won the iTunes new singer-songwriter of

We Are the In Crowd: Weird Kids - review

(Hopeless) Sadly nothing to do with Dobie Gray or Bryan Ferry , New York state-based We Are the In Crowd deal in the sort of cloyingly perky, chorus-heavy, impact-light pop that puzzlingly gets marketed as "punk", on the basis that its lyrics are va

Angel Olsen: Burn Your Fire for No Witness - review

(Jagjaguwar) Angel Olsen 's second album marries solo singer-songwriter stuff with buzzy, fuzzy alt-pop - alternating between one and the other so expertly that the strengths of both are highlighted, the weaknesses pushed deep into the background. It's

The Jezabels: The Brink - review

(Play It Again Sam) The Jezabels' debut, Prisoner , came out in 2011, around the same time that fellow Aussies the Temper Trap had a huge, worldwide hit with their song Sweet Disposition. But leftfield-leaning pop music has evolved since then - someth

St Vincent: St Vincent - review

Annie Clark's fifth album is a taut, meticulous triumph, blessed with a wealth of fantastic songs, ideas and sounds Five tracks into Annie Clark's fifth album as St Vincent comes a song called Digital Witness . "If I can't show it, you can't see me," sh

Ben Watt - Hendra: New music

Former half of Everything But The Girl, Ben Watt, finally gets round to following up his 1983 solo album Reading on mobile? Click here to listen Since he stopped making music as Everything But The Girl with his wife Tracey Thorn back in 1999, Ben Wa

Katy B: Little Red - review

(Columbia) Pop music isn't normally as concerned with notions of authenticity as rock music usually is - with dues-paying, provenance and what you might mischievously call terroir . In Katy B , though, this theoretically disposable genre has a deeply a

Neil Finn: Dizzy Heights - review

(Lester/KLS) The ex-Split Enz and Crowded House frontman's decision to get Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev, the Flaming Lips, Tame Impala) in on desk duties for his first solo album in 13 years has paid dividends of texture and atmosphere. Opener Impression