Jon Dennis

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.

The Phantom Band: Strange Friend review shape-shifting mix of folk, rock, electronica and more

(Chemikal Underground) The Phantom Band's shape-shifting is disorientating. Atacama starts with a sparse acoustic guitar accompanying Rick Anthony's baritone, but before you can say King Creosote , some bubbling electronica kicks in. On their third album