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Beck: Morning Phase - review

These are impatient times, in which attention spans dart and flicker, too often to the exclusion of sustained immersion.

St Vincent: St Vincent - review

Equal parts funky electro throwback and prog chanson monster, St Vincent's fourth album feels like the culmination of a trajectory from the margins to centre stage with a minimum of intellectual loss.

Beyonce - review

When Beyoncé's Mrs Carter Show world tour arrived in the UK last spring, it had everything a high-end pop diva spectacle could want – an obsession with Marie Antoinette, sparkly purple catsuits, truly innovative lighting and video – and, of course, t

Angel Olsen: Burn Your Fire For No Witness - review

Last December, Angel Olsen opened for Neko Case at the Forum, one of London's draughtier old theatres.

Nina Nesbitt: Peroxide - review

(Island) Nineteen-year-old Scot Nina Nesbitt has skipped insouciantly down the contemporary route to fame. Posting cover versions on YouTube at 16, she received early endorsements from Ed Sheeran and Example, and won the iTunes new singer-songwriter of

Sun Kil Moon: Benji - review

Purveyor of dour, caustic songs since 1992, erstwhile Red House Painter Mark Kozelek has yet to garner the midlife kudos of a Will Oldham or a Bill Callahan.

Katy B: Little Red - review

(Columbia) Pop music isn't normally as concerned with notions of authenticity as rock music usually is - with dues-paying, provenance and what you might mischievously call terroir . In Katy B , though, this theoretically disposable genre has a deeply a

Broken Bells: After the Disco - review

(Columbia) Of late, pop music has been dominated by solo artists, superstar producers and their collaborations, in which the word "featuring" features prominently and which often seem to be more about maximising brand synergy than aesthetic simpatico. Ba

Planningtorock: All Love's Legal - review

(Human Level) "You can't illegalise love," is the rallying cry of Planningtorock 's third album, a record about gender and the queer, black roots of dance music. With song titles such as Beyond Binary Binds, it would sound like a cultural studies disse

Ásgeir: In the Silence – review

Particularly assiduous fans of singer-songwriter John Grant will already know about Iceland's hottest new export, Ásgeir Trausti Einarsson, and his debut album.