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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 alt.country pioneer Jeff Tweedy

(dBpm/Anti)As frontman of Wilco, and before that of alt.country 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

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