Caroline Sullivan

Calvin Harris: Motion review bombast as usual

(Sony)These days, Calvin Harris is not so much artist as record-smashing machine. Hes the highest-paid DJ in the world, the first musician to score nine Top 10 singles from one album (the 2012 LP 18 Months) and the only EDM act to feature in Heat magazine

Jessie Ware: Tough Love review sensual and intriguing

IslandYou have me crying out, crying out for more, Jessie Ware murmurs on this albums title track, recalling Sades 1984 hit Your Love is King, which pivoted on the breathy refrain: Im crying out for more. Like Sade, Ware is a sensualist, gliding through h

Jessie J: Sweet Talker review British star goes all out for US success

Jessie J recently announced a permanent move to Los Angeles, spurred in part by the British “not appreciating my voice”.

You + Me: Rose Ave review Pink and Dallas Greens utterly lovely country duo

(RCA)Pop singer Pinks country/folk album words you probably never expected to read came about when she found common musical ground with Dallas Green, formerly of Canadian hardcore band Alexisonfire. As You + Me, the pair explore pastoral byways, and its a

Hozier: Hozier review: folky blues filled with haunting melodies

A young man with a knotted, old-man voice, the Wicklow-reared Andrew Hozier-Byrne is on the same page as George Ezra, though his version of folky blues is danker and more interesting by far.

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga review Gaga is a wonder

These two Italian-Americans have more in common than you would think. Both have been immersed in jazz from childhood - Gaga, many will be surprised to learn, won a jazz competition at school and share a reverence for the Great American Songbook.

The Pierces: Creation review silvery, spinetingling soft-rock

(Polydor)Catherine and Allison Pierce's fifth record is, to all intents, a drug album: it was shaped by the Alabama sisters' experiences with the hallucinogen ayahuasca, which they used after finishing the promotion of their breakthrough 2011 LP, You & I

Luke Sital-Singh: The Fire Inside review believably vulnerable balladeering

(Parlophone)As old lyrical chestnuts go, being held captive by "the fire inside" is as mundane as "making it through the rain", leading to low expectations of this debut. Yet Luke Sital-Singh, who was longlisted in the Sound of 2014 poll, has produced a r

Ariana Grande: My Everything review faceless, generic bangerdom

On her 2013 debut album, Yours Truly, teen-actor-turned-pop-starlet Ariana Grande established a unique, nostalgia-based beachhead, interweaving 90s R&B and 1960s girl groups.

Sinead O'Connor: I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss review ablaze with lust

In describing I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss as "just an album of love songs", as she did in a recent Observer interview, Sinéad O'Connor isn't telling the half of it.