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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.

Jamie T: Carry on the Grudge review a motormouth in the quiet zone

It's hard not to warm to an album entitled Carry on the Grudge.

SBTRKT: Wonder Where We Land review dizzying electronic soundscapes

Second time around, London producer SBTRKT’s dizzying electronic soundscapes are fleshed out by all sorts of voices: returnees Sampha and Jessie Ware, plus Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend (on the terrific retro funk of New Dorp. New York), Chairlift’s

Goat: Commune review back into the psychedelic groove

Goat’s first album, 2012’s World Music, fused African music, psychedelia and elaborately costumed Swedish eccentricity.

Leonard Cohen: Popular Problems review brief, satisfying, full of surprises

Popular Problems is principally concerned with conflict, disaster and the almighty, but the second great gag on Leonard Cohen's 13th album is to start it with Slow, a fabulously sleazy blues about making the moment last.

My Brightest Diamond: This Is My Hand review operatic cult stars most accessible album yet

Butterfly-voiced and art-minded, My Brightest Diamonds Shara Worden has, thus far, been a familiar name to a limited coterie of left-field pop fans.

Allah-Lahs: Worship the Sun review sun-dappled and faintly sinister

Naturally, for a band made up of former second-hand record shop employees, the title of Allah-Lass second album makes reference to a song by an indie touchstone Felts I Worship the Sun.