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Placebo: Loud Like Love - review

(Vertigo) Placebo still fill large venues despite their biggest hit remaining 1997's smash Nancy Boy . The formula hasn't changed much. Accompanied by post-punk guitars, Brian Molko's feline whine delivers lyrics about fast drugs and fast sex - the ad

Jimmy Eat World - review

Emo has come of age with this Arizona band who transcend the genre in beautifully crafted, passionately delivered pop-rockers Emo might be associated with sulky teens in eyeliner, but it can be very grown up nowadays. Jimmy Eat World - the Arizona ba

Jimmy Eat World - review

Emo has come of age with this Arizona band who transcend the genre in beautifully crafted, passionately delivered pop-rockers Emo might be associated with sulky teens in eyeliner, but it can be very grown up nowadays. Jimmy Eat World - the Arizona ba

Goldfrapp: Tales of Us - review

(Mute) Goldfrapp must be the bane of industry executives who prefer pop to come in marketable boxes. Where the duo's debut mixed Weimar cabaret, folk and David Lynch-style eeriness, their mid-period hits went European disco. This sixth album veers clos

The Rutles - review

Brudenell Social Club, Leeds Neil Innes' Beatles pastiche band is a spoof crafted with rare affection - and still has some great tunes "We're going to go back to the hamburger years," says Ron Nasty, introducing Merseybeat pastiche Goose-Step Mama an

Nine Inch Nails: Hesitation Marks - review

(Columbia) "I am not who I used to be," sings Trent Reznor, which may be one explanation why he has reactivated Nine Inch Nails so soon after 2009's Wave Goodbye tour. Still, the NIN mainman is otherwise as good as his word: there are less of the pulve

Bob Dylan: The Bootleg Series Vol 10: Another Self Portrait - review

"What is this shit?" famously asked critic Greil Marcus in 1970, baffled by the unlikely covers, odd singing and studio gloop on Self Portrait, Bob Dylan's first post-1960s album. More than 40 years later, these uncluttered mix-downs and lost songs from t

Travis: Where You Stand - review

With guitar bands' circumstances currently reduced, it's sobering to think that Travis's 1999 album, The Man Who, shifted 2.7m copies in the UK on the back of gently melodic singles such as Why Does It Always Rain on Me? Rather than haul in Brian Eno and

Glen Campbell: See You There - review

Albums by venerable singers revisiting their own classics can sometimes pale by comparison with the originals, but Glen Campbell's Alzheimer's disease and a slight tremor in his voice has given new meaning to beautifully intimate renditions of the likes o

Pond: Hobo Rocket - review

Including two current members of Tame Impala and one ex-member in Nick Allbrook, Aussie band Pond are a slightly jokier but no less productive relation to their more successful alter ego. Allbrook recently described their fifth album (since 2009, with ano