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High Life review Eno · Hyde's second album in two months is not just offcuts

Leftovers for afters? High Life swiftly follows Someday World, May's debut excursion by ambient guru Brian Eno and half of Underworld, Karl Hyde, who would have you believe that these are not offcuts, just an excess of ideas that deserved release.

x review Ed Sheeran's second album has a broad palette but lacks depth

(Asylum) x , Ed Sheeran 's second album, is not even out yet, but Sheeran's fans have already gone forth and multiplied, as per its instruction. One grateful US couple won tickets to a mobile phone event last year, where they were serenaded by Sheeran,

Electric Brick Wall review Black Bananas expand their parameters

(Drag City) Black Bananas is the latest alter ego of Jennifer Herrema, formerly the longer-haired half of Royal Trux, a 90s guitar-scuzz duo who made Bonnie and Clyde look upstanding. Electric Brick Wall follows 2012's Rad Time Xpress IV , two linked

Ultraviolence review: Lana Del Ray delivers more of the same

(Polydor) When navigating the shifting shallows that form the Lana Del Rey project, it helps to remember that all pop is a fiction. Lana Del Rey as distinct from her alter ego, Elizabeth Grant is a character, the socialite gone wrong. Blessed with money

48:13 review Kasabian prove they're a band for the big occasion

Since word one – in the title of their debut single, Club Foot – Kasabian set out to be the British rock band you could move to.

Lorde review 'nothing short of awesome'

Shepherd's Bush Empire, London Dramatic visuals and a daring reworking of her songs see the teenage star in dazzling form Even before Lorde's show begins, extraordinary things are occurring. Normally, photographers shoot from the pit in front of the stag

Beauty & Ruin review Bob Mould's latest measures up to his best

(Merge) It's rather unfair on Bob Mould a storied and varied artist but much of the last 20 years of his output has been subject to the Sugar test. It has often come up short. Is Beauty & Ruin , his 11th solo album, as good as Sugar, the feted 90s band

In the Lonely Hour review Sam Smith is less ordinary than his name suggests

(Universal) Has any new pop star in recent memory been so anointed as Sam Smith? As a featured vocalist, he went to No 1 with Naughty Boy's La La La before doing the UK pop double: topping the BBC Sound of 2014 poll and winning the Brits' critics' cho

Are We There review Sharon Van Etten delivers swooping pop noir

Are We There sees Van Etten leaving Tramp's seething indie rock for singer-songwriter terrain The successor to Tramp Sharon Van Etten's tremendous breakout album of 2012 takes a big step sideways from the seething indie rock that made Van Etten's name

Coldplay: Ghost Stories review a very palatable wallow

Chris Martin may be hurting, but Coldplay's sixth studio album defaults to their plush trademark tones of yearning and succour,