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Phil Mongredien

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

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