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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.

Robert Plant: Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar review a candid and tender break-up album

(Nonesuch)Seven years ago, two equal and opposite forces clashed in the musical life of Robert Plant. In October 2007 the singer released Raising Sand, a landmark album with bluegrass artist Alison Krauss that scooped five Grammy awards. This million-plus

Goddess review Banks is slow-burning, fidgety and attractively troubled

(Harvest)Penumbral, sultry and digital, the early-2010s vogue for minimal R&B shows no signs of abating. Having set blogs alight last year, Los Angeles singer Banks has since toured with the scene don, The Weeknd, and her debut album sounds exactly as you

Kate Bush review a magical new dawn

Hammersmith Apollo, LondonWhat is truly thrilling about Kate Bush's comeback is how little her voice, or her questing spirit, have changedKate Bush, you notice, is barefoot. It is rather wonderful that she has taken her shoes off and thrown them in the la

Indiana: No Romeo review dance-pop that's no stranger to despair

Dressing despair up as dance music is an idea older than disco itself.

Mean Love review easy-going psychedelic groove pop from Sinkane

(DFA)Brooklyn's Ahmed Gallab has been many things a multi-instrumental Yeasayer and Caribou collaborator, the band leader in the recent William Onyeabor revival tour, and a recording artist in his own right, now on a couture indie-dance label.

Ariana Grande: My Everything review every so often a little shard of personality pierces the sheen

In pop, there are "good" girls and "bad" girls. Good and bad (not to mention "troubled") are, of course, lazy and tiresome pigeonholes in which to stuff female artists.

St Vincent review Annie get your axe

St Vincent's presiding genius Annie Clark exerts strict control over wild sonic experiments to exhilarating effect.

Neuroplasticity review more mood music from Cold Specks

I Predict a Graceful Expulsion, the debut album by Cold Specks, was a spectral affair, more mood piece than record.

Sinead O'Connor live review a tigress tamed?

The extraordinary, tear-jerking force of Sinead O'Connor at her best is undermined by too much mid-tempo pop rock.