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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,

Rock Stars Stole My Life! review Mark Ellen is a 'Zelig on adjectives'

I have never worked with or for Mark Ellen, the music journalist and editor who spent his time at Oxford in Ugly Rumours with Tony Blair, wrote for Smash Hits alongside Neil Tennant, and co-anchored Live Aid before founding (or relaunching) five magazines

Everybody Down review urgent hip-hop from acclaimed poet Kate Tempest

(Big Dada) Long before she won the Ted Hughes award for poetry last year, south Londoner Kate Tempest was a veteran of open-mic nights. She's returned to hip-hop for her debut album; uncluttered production is courtesy of the versatile Dan "Mr Dan" Carey

Miley Cyrus live review a Duracell bunny of provocative mischief

Miley Cyrus, it transpires, is not some post-feminist antichrist sent by an evil music industry cabal to drag young women back to the dark ages.