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Jack White - 'Lazaretto'

Black humour, heavy rock and hints at a troubled personal life on a varied and eccentric second solo album

Conor Oberst - 'Upside Down Mountain'

The Bright Eyes man is back to his sincere, melancholy best on his latest album

Swans - 'To Be Kind'

A disturbing, cacophonous onslaught from the veteran experimentalists.

Sean Nicholas Savage - 'Bermuda Waterfall'

Canadian lounge lizard Savage tightrope walks the line between sleazy and romantic on brilliant second album.

Papercuts - 'Life Among The Savages'

San Fran crew serve up lush baroque pop on fifth album.

Chromeo - 'White Women'

Canadian duo's yacht rock nightmare belongs at the bottom of the ocean.

Gruff Rhys - 'American Interior'

The Super Furry Animal's tribute to an 18th-century explorer.

The Black Keys - 'Turn Blue'

A bitter divorce and some serious overproduction mar the Ohio duo's eighth album.

Fatima Al Qadiri - Asiatisch

New York producer mixes UK grime and Asian influences.

Creative Adult - 'Psychic Mess'

San Fran punks wear Fugazi and The Wipers influences on their sleeves on menacing debut.