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The Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society review James Yorkston in reflective mood

Before building a fine body of work as a solo artist, Scottish folk singer-songwriter James Yorkston came to prominence as a member of the Fence Collective.

The Fire Inside review a pleasant debut by Luke Sital-Singh

With three impressive EPs behind him, a good showing in the BBC's Sound of 2014 poll and the patronage of producer Iain Archer (Snow Patrol, Jake Bugg), south London singer-songwriter Luke Sital-Singh's debut album comes buoyed with expectation.

Native (deluxe edition) review OneRepublic's watered down rerelease of an impressive album

(Polydor)Led from the front by songwriter-to-the-stars (Adele, Beyoncé, One Direction) Ryan Tedder, US pop-rock outfit OneRepublic hit the jackpot with Native when it was released last year, going top five in the US. Whether this "deluxe edition" essenti

Get Hurt review the Gaslight Anthem are all blustering huff and puff

When the Gaslight Anthem first came to prominence in the late 00s their punk-indebted take on blue-collar rock earned them favourable comparisons to fellow New Jerseyite Bruce Springsteen.

Alvvays review The Toronto five-piece put a fresh spin on jangling indie

(Transgressive)The jangling indie template adopted by Alvvays for their debut album is unlikely to win them any awards for originality. But the Toronto five-piece manage to put a fresh spin on the subgenre, helped in large part by Molly Rankin's sublime v

Songs review stripped-back Americana from John Fullbright

(Blue Dirt/Thirty Tigers)John Fullbright's 2013 debut, From the Ground Up, earned a Grammy nomination for best Americana album. Its follow-up deserves to do at least as well. With its 12 hushed and intimate tracks stripped back to the bare essentials ofte

5 Seconds of Summer review Australians offer winning enthusiasm on self-titled debut

Australian four-piece 5 Seconds of Summer sit squarely at the intersection of radio-friendly but mildly rebellious punk-lite and clean-cut boy band fare.

AKA review J-Lo's thoroughly forgettable eighth album

(Capitol)start of her eighth album, but anybody who heard 2011's Love? won't find much new here, forgettable EDM -by-numbers floor-fillers jostling with marginally more inspired ballads.

A Letter Home review Neil Young benefits from forgoing studio trickery

(Reprise) Initially afforded a vinyl-only release on Jack White's Third Man Records to mark last month's Record Store Day, Neil Young's 35th album is a covers record with a difference. Young and White used a refurbished 1947 Voice-O-Graph booth to record

Music for Insomniacs review comedian Matt Berry makes an ill-judged foray into electronica

(Acid Jazz) Best known for his roles in The IT Crowd and The Mighty Boosh, comedian Matt Berry also has a stop-start musical career going back 20 years. His fifth album marks a radical departure from his most recent folk/prog crossover fare. Created i