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Twin Atlantic: Great Divide review wistful stadium rock with heart

"You can tell that the youth of today have lost their voice/ No questions, we just accept what we're taught," sings Sam McTrusty on The Ones That I Love, opening Twin Atlantic's third album.

James Yorkston: The Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society

James Yorkston fans get their money's worth: dense with dialogue and spanning 16 tracks, the folk songwriter's eighth album feels like an hour with old friends.

DragonForce: Maximum Overload review wickedly infectious metal

(earMUSIC)Fans of musical subtlety and cerebral introspection may struggle with DragonForce's remorselessly preposterous, high-velocity take on traditional heavy metal. In fact, plenty of metal fans let alone anyone predisposed to disliking something that

Susanna/Jenny Hval: Meshes of Voice review an exultant experience

(SusannaSonata)Norwegian singer/songwriter Susanna Wallumrød doesn't flinch from raw emotional realities, but she usually traverses them with a seraphic, pure-toned calm. Conversely, Jenny Hval (Susanna's compatriot, and a poet and novelist as well as o

Imogen Heap: Sparks review an ambitious musical mess

(Megaphonic)Imogen Heap's fourth record is less a coherent album than a collection of crowdsourced collaborations, generated through methods and techniques that include a running app and a pair of gloves that turns the wearer's body into a human harp. 

Christophe Chassol: Indiamore review Indian-influenced jazz-funk workout

(Tricatel)Much admired by Gilles Peterson, who included him in an event he programmed for this year's Meltdown, Christophe Chassol is a French pianist who has the ability to both impress and frustrate. For his latest project he travelled to India, where h

Vena Portae: Vena Portae fine pop-folk from Emily Barker and co

(Humble Soul)Since moving to the UK from Australia, versatile singer-songwriter Emily Barker has written atmospheric themes for Wallander and The Shadow Line, and pioneered a thoughtful, melodic style that eases between Americana and pop-edged alt-folk. F

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition; Schumann: Carnaval review oddly unconvincing and musically flat

Imaginary Pictures is the title Kirill Gerstein gives his slightly unexpected pairing of Mussorgsky and Schumann.

Marius Neset/Trondheim Jazz Orchestra: Lion review intricately woven and exciting

Powerful young Norwegian saxophonist and composer Marius Neset is imminently due in the UK (leading the superb Trondheim Jazz Orchestra at Ronnie Scott's on 18 August), and the big-band gig will display this intricately woven, exciting music, written for

Ives: Symphony No 2; Carter: Instances; Gershwin: An American in Paris review efficient but lacking glitz

This varied collection of Americana is taken from concerts given by the Seattle Symphony orchestra under its music director Ludovic Morlot since 2011.