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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.

A Sunny Day in Glasgow: Sea When Absent review beautiful sonic collage

Twenty-two years ago, Nostradamic pop critic Simon Reynolds predicted that pop music would become a game of mix-and-match rather than great leaps forward, as artists would fuse genres and sounds together to create new music.

Jamie T review triumphant return of a modern original

"I'm pretty nervous. I've forgotten how to play everything," Jamie Treays, AKA Jamie T, told a radio interviewer recently, ahead of this long-awaited live return in an intimate venue.

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: Hypnotic Eye review solid, angry return to rocking out

"I knew I wanted to do a rock'n'roll record. We hadn't made a straight hard-rockin' record, from beginning to end, in a long time," Tom Petty said earlier this year.

King Creosote: From Scotland With Love review disarmingly passionate

(Domino)As Scotland ponders the vote for independence, Fife singer-songwriter Kenny "King Creosote" Anderson's latest album is the soundtrack to a documentary film of the same name, to be released for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. However, he's stee

Honeyblood: Honeyblood review vigorous 90-style indie-pop

(Fat Cat) This Glaswegian female duo's name harks back to the days when it was fashionable to combine polar opposites to form an eyecatching moniker the Stone Roses, Mudhoney et al. Lo and behold, their music has much in common with late-1980s/early-1990s

Eugene McGuinness: Chroma review trippy and engaging but inconsistent

(Domino) As Miles Kane and Alex Turner's Last Shadow Puppets demonstrated, there's still plenty of mileage in gently psychedelic pop. This is Eugene McGuinness 's fourth album, and he knows his way around a tune, combining spiky guitars and lysergic ch