Dave Simpson

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

TV On the Radio: Seeds review pop emerges from darkness

On hiatus since the death from lung cancer of bassist Gerard Smith in 2011, TVOTR have chosen an unlikely moment to come back with the most hooky, poppy album of their career.

Annie Lennox: Nostalgia review poignant renditions of pre-rock standards

(Island)Rod Stewarts mega-successful Great American Songbook series has become something of a blueprint for musicians at a crossroads donning a metaphorical black tie and settling into the nostalgic glow of pre-rock music standards. As the former Eurythmi

The little-known musicians behind some of music's most famous moments

Raphael Ravenscroft's sax line on Baker Street was better known than he was but hes not alone in being the little known creator of something famous.

Mark Lanegan Band: Phantom Radio review a career highlight from a gothic-grunge hero

(Heavenly)The Screaming Trees former vocalist has by now fairly firmly established himself as a kind of post-grunge/Americana Johnny Cash, with moody songs awash with tales of drug abuse, redemption and dark humour. Theres plenty of that here. Black is

Tweedy: Sukierae review eerie, personal and devotional

(DBPM)After almost 30 years in music with his bands Uncle Tupelo and Wilco and work in genres from alt-country to electronic psychedelia Jeff Tweedy has finally made his first solo album, with his 18-year-old son Spencer on drums. Conceived as a doub

alt-J : This Is All Yours review sublime hooks and textures

(Sony)Two years after carrying off the Mercury Music prize for An Awesome Wave, alt-J arent exactly pandering to the needs of an unexpected mainstream audience. Minus departed bassist Gwil Sainsbury, their second album exhibits the playful adventure Radi

Allah-Las: Worship the Sun review west-coast psychedelic pop

After attracting attention a couple of years ago for bringing about the return of 1960s-inspired guitar pop, Los Angeless Allah-Las could be entitled to feel a bit miffed that their former support band, Temples, have stolen their thunder.

Interpol: El Pintor review a cheerful return to sonic murk and doom

Since 2010's eponymous fourth album, New York's sharpest-dressed miserabilists have taken a lengthy hiatus and lost talismanic bassist Carlos Dengler and brief replacement David Pajo, while frontman Paul Banks has been solo and dabbling in rap.

Twin Atlantic: Great Divide review wistful stadium rock with heart

"You can tell that the youth of today have lost their voice/ No questions, we just accept what we're taught," sings Sam McTrusty on The Ones That I Love, opening Twin Atlantic's third album.