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Phil Mongredien

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

Seven Dials review Roddy Frame's knack for a memorable, soaring chorus is undiminished

As the driving force behind Aztec Camera, Roddy Frame was one of 80s pop's great auteurs, the combination of graceful melodies and intelligent lyrics bracketing him with the likes of Paddy McAloon and Edwyn Collins.

Suede: Bloodsports - review

(Warner) On their first album in 11 years, a re-formed and revitalised Suede appear to have succeeded in turning the clock back to 1996. Snowblind and the excellent Hit Me in particular reprise the thrilling pop dynamics of Trash and Beautiful Ones to

Bon Jovi: What About Now - review

(Mercury) With the Nashville curveball of 2007's Lost Highway increasingly looking like a one-off, Bon Jovi's 12th studio album finds them on familiar ground, arena-pleasing blue-collar anthems of everyday struggle sitting alongside overblown power bal