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Gerard Way: Hesitant Alien review My Chemical Romance goes Britpop

“The whole thing largely feels like a British album,” Gerard Way said recently of this debut solo venture.

Nadia Khomani | The Guardian

Jennifer Hudson: JHUD review a thrilling voice with a workaday backing

For her third album Jennifer Hudsons voice is a thrilling thing set in a workaday, loosely 70s-inspired urban blot of backing.

The Guardian | Theo Leanse

SBTRKT: Wonder Where We Land review dizzying electronic soundscapes

Second time around, London producer SBTRKT’s dizzying electronic soundscapes are fleshed out by all sorts of voices: returnees Sampha and Jessie Ware, plus Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend (on the terrific retro funk of New Dorp. New York), Chairlift’s...

Kitty empire | The Guardian

Jamie T - 'Carry On The Grudge'

After five years away, the Wimbledon singer is sucked into London's murky underworld on his enthralling third album.

Mark Beaumont | NME

Jamie T: whatever happened to the likely lad?

He was British pops great hope, a gobby, fiercely original contemporary of Lily Allen and Adele. But then Jamie T went quiet. Breaking a five-year silence, he talks to Tom Lamont about anxiety, writing 180 new songs and asking Damon Albarn for advice...

The Guardian | Tom Lamont

Leonard Cohen - 'Popular Problems'

The legendary singer might be nearly 80 but he's not done writing carnal and witty records just yet.

Leonie Cooper | NME

Flying Lotus – You're Dead

You spend most of a certain fellow Warp producer’s exile gaining a rep as one of the most forward-thinking producers around, nipping off for a quick side project after several critically renowned releases; Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar guest on your...

Simon Jay Catling | The Skinny

Johnny Marr – Playland

There's a freewheeling vitality to Marr's second solo venture that not only lifts the weight of history but makes a mockery of the musical bed-hopping that's defined his recent output. He had these up his sleeve and was happy to be knobbing around with...

Gary Kaill | The Skinny

Johnny Marr – Playland

There's a freewheeling vitality to Marr's second solo venture that not only lifts the weight of history but makes a mockery of the musical bed-hopping that's defined his recent output. He had these up his sleeve and was happy to be knobbing around with...

Gary Kaill | The Skinny