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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

The Antlers: Familiars review introspective but controlled leftfield melancholia

The Antlers ' fourth album, Familiars, adds soul to their melancholia, with mournful horns and clipped, Steve Cropper -style guitar figures rather than frantic indie strumming.

Tom Vek: Luck review deliciously unpredictable arrangements

"No time for an existential crisis," sings Londoner Tom Vek on The Tongue Avoids the Teeth, accompanied by Windowlicker-style electronic wobbles.

Amy LaVere: Runaway's Diary review spooky but upbeat storytelling album

(Archer) Memphis singer Amy LaVere 's longstanding penchant for storytelling songs is given free rein on Runaway's Diary, a concept album inspired by her own teenage flight from her family home. Producer Luther Dickinson gives it that spooked sound assoc