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Allah-Lahs: Worship the Sun review sun-dappled and faintly sinister

Naturally, for a band made up of former second-hand record shop employees, the title of Allah-Lass second album makes reference to a song by an indie touchstone Felts I Worship the Sun.

Kitty empire | The Guardian

Allah-Las: Worship the Sun review west-coast psychedelic pop

After attracting attention a couple of years ago for bringing about the return of 1960s-inspired guitar pop, Los Angeless Allah-Las could be entitled to feel a bit miffed that their former support band, Temples, have stolen their thunder.

Dave Simpson | The Guardian

The Script: No Sound Without Silence review soft-as-mush pop falls flat

(Columbia)Irish trio the Script prove that commercial success doesnt always beget musical ingenuity. It would be a treat if No Sound Without Silences songs matched frontman Danny ODonoghues infectious brashness and wit (see our 30 Minutes With...

The Guardian | Tshepo Mokoena

Robert Plant, Lullaby and...The Ceaseless Roar, review: 'exciting'

Robert Plant's latest album is an unpredictable musical caravan packed with songs that feel alive and capable of anything, says Helen Brown

Helen Brown | The Telegraph

My Brightest Diamond: This Is My Hand review operatic cult stars most accessible album yet

(Asthmatic Kitty)Butterfly-voiced and art-minded, My Brightest Diamonds Shara Worden has, thus far, been a familiar name to a limited coterie of left-field pop fans. One song on her latest album the Detroit-based singers fourth could change all that,...

Kitty empire | The Guardian

Counting Crows, Somewhere Under Wonderland, review: 'nineties nostalgia'

Counting Crows channel Lynyrd Skynyrd and REM in their best collection of songs since their debut, says Helen Brown

Helen Brown | The Telegraph

CD: Counting Crows - Somewhere Under Wonderland

Kicking off with an epic eight-and-a-half-minute-long tribute to New Jersey’s Palisades amusement Park and a lament to forgotten friendships, the Counting Crows seventh studio album intentionally invokes the spirit and sound of seventies rock. The...

Katherine McLaughlin | The Artsdesk

Barbra Streisand, Partners, review: 'desperate'

While Streisand's voice still soars, this lackluster collection falls into the icky celebrity duet traps, says Helen Brown

Helen Brown | The Telegraph

CD: Barbara Streisand - Partners

When a person approaches a Barbara Streisand album, they would be a fool to go in carrying the same expectations as with, say, the forthcoming collaboration between experimental frontiersmen Scott Walker & Sunn O))). Or even, in all honesty, the...

The Artsdesk | Thomas H Green

Catfish and the Bottlemen: The Balcony review self-assured, if dated

(Communion/Island)If its a nostalgia trip to 2004 youre after, then look no further than this Llandudno rock groups debut. What The Balcony lacks in subtlety (Craving your calls like a soldiers wife) and elegance (your friends can fucking do one), it ...

Harriet Gibsone | The Guardian