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Cat Power - Covers review: Her finest set of interpretations yet

Taking inspiration from Frank Ocean, Lana Del Rey and beyond, Chan Marshall pushes the songs of others into her own world

Jan 14, 2022
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FKA twigs - Caprisongs review: Even performance artists wanna have fun

Tahliah Barnett is enjoying her time in the sun on this new mixtape - and who can blame her?

Jan 13, 2022
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Culture in London: the faces to watch in music this year

The city is bursting at the seams with exciting new talent

Jan 11, 2022
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The Weeknd - Dawn FM review: Abel Tesfaye reaches his pop prime

The singer doubles down on pop in his latest album with resounding success

Jan 7, 2022
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David Bowie - Toy:Box review: Lost album deserves its rescue

Featuring material first recorded in 2000, the three-disc release finds Bowie in confident mood

Jan 7, 2022
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The best new albums arriving in 2022 — from Wet Leg to Liam Gallagher

Gigs might be up in the air but we’re sure to get some fantastic recorded music coming out this year

Jan 6, 2022
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The best albums of 2021, from Lana del Rey to Little Simz

It’s been another dodgy year – but the music has been spectacular

Dec 21, 2021
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Christmas albums 2021 - our roundup of the crackers and the turkeys

We’ve listened... so you don’t have to

Dec 17, 2021
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Beverly Glenn-Copeland - Keyboard Fantasies Reimagined review

Bon Iver, Arca, Julia Holter and more pay tribute to an album of underappreciated genius

Dec 10, 2021
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Alicia Keys - Keys review: Playing twice is twice as nice

The 26-song monster acts as its own remix album - but the second round is hardly a hardship to get through

Dec 10, 2021
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Arca - KiCk ii/iii/iiii/iiiii review: 47 tracks of wild exploration

With four new works, the Venezuelan producer delivers a pentalogy that can mesmerise and terrify

Dec 3, 2021
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No Rome - It’s All Smiles review: Short, sweet, sandpapered pop

On his debut album, Rome Gomez delivers a sound that feels very much his own

Dec 3, 2021
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Richard Dawson & Circle - Henki: A bizarrely entertaining sound world

Newcastle folk artist Richard Dawson’s collaboration with the eclectic Finnish metal band is full of twists and turns

Nov 25, 2021
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Nell & The Flaming Lips - Where the Viaduct Looms: Unexpected fun

The US psych-rockers have enlisted 14-year-old from Leeds for Nick Cave covers album - and it works

Nov 25, 2021
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Adele: 30 album review - a devastating comeback

Some fans will question why this famously private artist has shared some of these nakedly despairing songs at all

Nov 19, 2021
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Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raise the Roof review: Another classic

The Grammy-winning duo have reunited for this stunning covers collection

Nov 18, 2021
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Oasis at Knebworth 25 years on - I still can’t believe I was there

Over 2 percent of the UK population tried to get tickets to see Oasis at Knebworth

Nov 18, 2021
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IDLES - Crawler review: chart-toppers still sound pure battering ram

There are occasional subtleties here, but overall this is the work of a band moving furiously forward

Nov 12, 2021
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Damon Albarn - The Nearer The Fountain... review: Nature’s soundtrack

The former Blur frontman’s newest project is the sonic opposite of his last Gorillaz album - but that’s no bad thing

Nov 12, 2021
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ABBA - Voyage review: Not the songs anyone will be clamouring for

While there are joyful moments, it’s hard to envisage anything here elbowing its way onto a future greatest hits album

Nov 11, 2021