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Parliament: The Biography review 'Westminster's corruption is rooted in history'

Chris Bryant's vigorous historical account of parliament tries to restore the reputation of Westminster, but fails to embrace the complexities of its chequered past Oh, for a book of the kind this one might have been. There are plenty of narrow studies of

Why you should listen to Out Among the Stars by Johnny Cash this week video review

Although he's sceptical of the Man in Black mythology around Johnny Cash, Alexis Petridis recommends the posthumous album Out Among the Stars. Recorded with a producer better known for his poppier 'countrypolitan' sound, the album contains great tunes, so

Nick Smart's Trogon: Tower Casa review 'Undemonstratively idiosyncratic fusion'

(Babel) The trogon is the national bird of Cuba, and UK trumpeter, educator and MD Nick Smart 's cosmopolitan sextet (including Troyka guitarist Chris Montague, UK/Bangladeshi pianist Kishon Khan and Cuban bassist Denny Martinez) takes wing on this mix

Trio Riot: Trio Riot review punkish but poised improv jazz

(Efpi) Trio Riot are British tenor saxophonist Sam Andreae, Danish alto-saxist Mette Rasmussen and Swiss drummer David Meier. They share improv, jazz, rock and classical experiences, apparent in the mix of free-jazz squalling, punky thrashing and someti

Kingston 14 review Goldie dominates in study of police corruption

Roy Williams has returned to the theatre where he started his career and produced a compelling drama Roy Williams, who has written many fine plays, including Fallout and Sucker Punch , has returned to the theatre where he started his career in 1996. H

Aloe Blacc: Lift Your Spirit review a valiant effort, but uninspiring

(Interscope/XIX) Retro soulman Aloe Blacc seems to have his sights set on the big time. After co-writing and lending his vocal to EDM producer Avicii's 2013 hit Wake Me Up , Blacc's third solo album sits firmly in poppy, ready-to-chart R&B territory. I

Avey Tare's Slasher House: Enter the Slasher House review hit-and-miss Animal Collective side-project

(Domino) As part of Animal Collective for the last 15 years, Avey Tare has helped to reimagine pop music; covering it with countless layers of avant-garde innovation. While Tare's band mate Noah Lennox took his Panda Bear solo project down avenues tha

Melingo: Linyera review Buenos Aires star's inventive take on tango

(World Village) Daniel Melingo is one of the quirky celebrities of the Buenos Aires tango scene. He's a singer and actor with a gruff voice and a stage persona that veers between Charlie Chaplin and Tom Waits . But he's also an impressive multi-instrum

Off!: Wasted Years review more of the same, in a good way, from punk supergroup

(Vice) If it ain't broke, don't fix it. On their third collection, the veteran SoCal hardcore revivalists continue to do exactly what they've already done. Keith Morris rages against society in the tone of a man who could get furious at a bed of bloomin

Schumann: The Symphonies review 'Few interpretative insights'

CO of Europe/Nezet-Seguin (Deutsche Grammophon, 2 CDs) From historically informed accounts to the most unreconstructed modern symphony-orchestra performances, there's no shortage of fine sets of Schumann's four symphonies already on disc. Where Yannick N