Jon Dennis

Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes review

(Electromagnetic Recordings/Island/Harvest)Given that Bob Dylan and the Band recorded more than 100 tracks when they were holed up in rural Woodstock in 1967 (many of which have only just been released as an expanded Basement Tapes package) it’s extraor

Bryan Ferry: Avonmore review midnight moves with the master of smooth

(BMG Rights Management)Bryan Ferry recast Roxy Music faves in a 1920s setting on his last album The Jazz Age, but on the follow-up he returns to the super-smooth lounge pop with which hes long been associated.Avonmore is co-produced by Rhett Davies, Ferry

Rumer: Into Colour review easy-listening with real emotional heft

(Atlantic)Rumers first collection of original songs since her 2010 debut Seasons of My Soul has real emotional heft, dealing with such personal subjects as a miscarriage (Butterfly) and mental health issues (Dangerous). As ever, she sings with admirable r

The Flaming Lips: With a Little Help from My Fwends review predictable Beatles cover album

(Bella Union)The space between uplifting pop and out-and-out weirdness is a fertile area successfully mined by the Beatles, who showed how transcendent pop could be: match indelible tunes with the strangest sounds and lyrics and a splendid time is guarant

Yusuf/Cat Stevens: Tell Em Im Gone review revealing Rick Rubin-produced reinvigoration

(Legacy)Yusuf/Cat Stevens is a cumbersome moniker, but Tell Em Im Gone, his first album in five years, is a convincing return to rock music. Co-producer Rick Rubin has again helped reinvigorate a veteran singer with well-chosen covers (including Procol Ha

Scott Walker + Sunn O))): Soused review menacing but surprisingly melodic

(4AD)Scott Walker indicated after his 2012 album, Bish Bosch, that he was ready for a new direction after a trilogy that included Tilt (1995) and The Drift (2006). But after 36 years exploring the furthest margins of mainstream taste, it shouldnt surprise

Death from Above 1979: The Physical World review exhausting but fun

(Last Gang Records)This is Toronto duo Death from Above 1979s followup to their 2004 debut Youre a Woman, Im a Machine. It has been a long wait multi-instrumentalist Jesse Keeler and singer and drummer Sebastien Grainger split in 2005 before reconvening f

The Vines: Wicked Nature review unsubtle but effective grunge nuggets

The Vines' first album, Highly Evolved, was acclaimed in 2002, but the Australian band's success was followed by internal bust-ups and cancelled tour dates blamed on singer Craig Nicholls, whose erratic behaviour included his arrest in 2012 over a punch-u

Andy Bell: Torsten the Bareback Saint review brave, bawdy concept album

(Cherry Red)"Freshly buggered, he braved it into school the next day" is a brave start to an album. But then Torsten the Bareback Saint, the soundtrack to Andy Bell's one-man show at the Edinburgh festival fringe, is a brave album. It tells of a journey

Lewis Watson: The Morning review non-threatening, by-the-numbers pop

In the wake of Jake Bugg and Ed Sheeran , here's another young singer-guitarist and potential cover star for Lisa Simpson's Non-Threatening Boys magazine.