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AC/DC: Rock or Bust review – business as usual, and how

According to Heraclitus of Ephesus (c535-475 BC), there is no constant in the world but change.

Native North America Vol 1 review – a goldmine of forgotten fusions

Nowadays, such is the demand for ever rarer rarities and none-more-niche genres, almost every secondhand record shop has been ‘picked’ – shaken down for treasure to put on eBay.

Einstürzende Neubauten: Lament review – a mesmerising first world war memorial

(Mute)Lament is the 14-track recording of a live installation by this august German industrial outfit (associates of Nick Cave), performed in Belgium to mark the centenary of the first world war. Industrial bands have some affinity for the horrors of mech

One Direction: Four review no longer kids stuff

(Syco/Columbia)1Ds last album, Midnight Memories, was a bit more grown-up than their previous efforts, letting a little lustful electric guitar into their Boden catalogue stadium pop. Four ups the chords a smidgen further. The band are writing more songs

Neil Young: Storytone review a cocktail of vulnerability and bravery

There are not one but two Neil Young albums going by the name Storytone; one lush and orchestral, and one solo acoustic.

Thurston Moore: The Best Day review recalls prime Sonic Youth

(Matador)Dorian Lynskey meets Thurston MooreListen to a stream of The Best DayThere is a significant tranche of alternative-minded music lifers for whom the break-up of Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon and the dissolution of their seminal band Sonic Youth i

Jessie J: Sweet Talker review pop in search of originality

Imma do it like it aint been done, huffs Jessie J at the start of her third album.

Jessie Ware: Tough Love review classy retro soul-pop

(PMR/Island)Classy soul-pop balances on a knife edge. Land a Hungarian goose down feather on it the wrong way and it becomes beige, insipid fare that piles cliche on formula as someone in a big white shirt looks pensively out of a loft window.South London

Prince: Art Official Age review partying like its 1999 all over again

Released simultaneously with PlectrumElectrum, the rockier offering put out by Princes 3rdeyegirl band, Art Official Age finds Prince solo, embracing the artificial age with glee.