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Phil Mongredien

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

Chelsea Light Moving: Chelsea Light Moving - review

(Matador) Taking its name from a short-lived removals business run by Steve Reich and Philip Glass when they were struggling young composers, Chelsea Light Moving is the first major project from guitarist Thurston Moore since Sonic Youth went on "indef

The Palma Violets: 180 - review

(Rough Trade) London four-piece the Palma Violets ' thrilling live shows have had NME in a froth for several months now ( Best of Friends was even its Best Track of 2012 ). The debut album by indie's latest great white hopes, however, is notable mai

Iceage: You're Nothing - review

(Matador) The post-punk-meets-hardcore stylings of Danish teenagers Iceage made 2011 debut New Brigade one of the year's underground successes. The follow-up finds them casting aside Joy Division-isms for a more rudimentary sound. It's reminiscent of

Adam Ant: Adam Ant Is the Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner's Daughter - review

(Blueblack Hussar) In the post-Savile climate, one has to question the wisdom of a 58-year-old man singing: "Punky young girl needs a middle-aged man whose midlife crisis you began", even if the subject of the song is apparently Kate Moss. But such a dis

Everything Everything: Arc - review

(Sony) Everything Everything's 2010 debut, Man Alive , was dizzyingly ambitious - at times, too much so - with any given song seemingly containing more ideas than Stereophonics have mustered in their entire career to date. The follow-up starts in simi