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Bryan Ferry: Avonmore review former Roxy frontman heads back to the future

It's hard to imagine Bryan Ferry releasing an album that doesnt sound refined and elegant.

Damien Rice: My Favourite Faded Fantasy review unstoppable momentum and disarming candour

Given the emotional turmoil surrounding the making of Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rices second album, 2006s 9, its perhaps surprising that a successor has appeared at all, even after a troubled eight-year hiatus.

Yusuf: Tell Em Im Gone review still the Cat with the cream

Much of the excitement around the release of the erstwhile Cat Stevenss third album since his 2006 comeback has centred around the role of producer Rick Rubin, renowned as he is for giving a contemporary sheen to third-age actsincluding Johnny Cash, Neil

Scott Walker + Sunn O))): Soused review rich in imagination and surprisingly accessible

(4AD)On paper, the combination of 60s pop genius-turned-avant-garde auteur Scott Walker and experimental metal duo Sunn O))) (speciality: extreme slowness at extreme volume) might not sound hugely alluring. And yet the resulting album is rich in imaginati

Foxygen: And Star Power review California duo in self-indulgent mood on third LP

If an artist doesn’t have enough viable material to sustain a single album, it’s surely folly to try to release a double, regardless of the virtues of the underlying conceit.

Thom Yorke: Tomorrows Modern Boxes review no surprises on his new solo outing

(BitTorrent)Last time Thom Yorke rewrote the rules concerning music distribution, in 2007, it yielded Radioheads magnificent In Rainbows album. His latest attempt to bypass the self-elected gatekeepers of the music industry sees his second solo album bein

Marianne Faithfull: Give my Love to London review a singular talent on fine form

Over five decades, Marianne Faithfull's recording career has always been somewhat overshadowed by her tempestuous personal life.

Tweedy: Sukierae review solo album from pioneer Jeff Tweedy

(dBpm/Anti)As frontman of Wilco, and before that of pioneers Uncle Tupelo, Jeff Tweedy has been making consistently impressive records for 25 years now. Not quite a solo effort (his 18-year-old son, Spencer, helps out on drums), Sukierae is a

Adam Cohen: We Go Home review unshowy songwriting from Leonard Cohens son

The road to hell is paved with the records of pop stars offspring, from Julian Lennon to I Blame Coco.

The Physical World review past glories recalled by Death From Above 1979

(Last Gang/Caroline/ Fiction)In the mid-00s, Toronto bass/drums duo Death From Above 1979 earned plenty of attention with their superior dance-punk stylings and juvenile but entertaining spats with LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy but then split before tran