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Phil Mongredien

Josephine Foster: I'm a Dreamer - review

(Fire) Over the course of the past decade, Colorado-based Josephine Foster has always defied easy pigeonholing, her albums variously based on interpretations of Lorca and Emily Dickinson poems , 19th-century German lieder or Spanish folk songs. Her ei

Midlake: Antiphon - review

(Bella Union) Despite the trauma of frontman Tim Smith's decision to leave the band late last year, after an abortive attempt to follow up 2010's The Courage of Others , Antiphon finds Texans Midlake picking up largely where they left off, with guit

Poliça: Shulamith – review

Poliça's Give You the Ghost – a beguiling mix of warped R&B and heavily Auto-Tuned vocals – was one of 2012's most subtly insinuating debuts.

Pearl Jam: Lightning Bolt - review

(Virgin/EMI) Pearl Jam's 10th album might offer little in the way of surprises, but then their last decade of stadium-rock superstardom hasn't been characterised by rampant experimentation. Mind Your Manners is furiously fast, but never loses sight of

Prefab Sprout: Crimson/Red - review

(Icebreaker) One of British pop's great auteurs, Prefab Sprout frontman Paddy McAloon has kept a relatively low profile over the past decade, ill health affecting his vision and hearing. His first album of new material in 10 years (2009's Let's Change th

Jessie J: Alive - review

(Island) The big-lunged, anthemic pop of Jessie J's 2011 debut, Who You Are , led to global success and an appearance at the Olympics closing ceremony. The follow-up finds her in undeniably fine voice again, but without such memorable material. Guest st

Arctic Monkeys: AM - review

(Domino) With its nods to 90s G-funk and rocker Josh Homme, Arctic Monkeys' fifth album is their best in years When Arctic Monkeys burst into the spotlight in 2006, breaking sales records, prompting bandwagon-jumping prospective Labour party leaders to

Diana: Perpetual Surrender – review

Owing much – maybe everything – to the glossily escapist end of the 80s pop spectrum, the debut album from Toronto four-piece Diana is an occasionally beguiling recreation of the era. Throughout, retro drum sounds, overblown guitar and sax solos, synt

Swim Deep: Where the Heaven Are We - review

With their boyband good looks and a line in vaguely baggy, blissed-out, summery indie, it's easy to see why big things have been predicted for young Birmingham four-piece Swim Deep. And certainly their debut opens impressively, with Francisco's appealingl

Grant Hart: The Argument - review

(Domino) As one third of Minneapolis hardcore evolutionists H