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By far the biggest fish in our reviews pond this week is Paul Weller, who's far from floundering on his 10th solo album (sorry). As Matt Wilkinson argues in his review, Weller's at his rawest, rudest and freshest on 'Wake Up The Nation', as the title track amply proves.
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This week also sees the return of Kate Nash, who if she hasn't exactly morphed into Kat Bjelland, has both branched out stylistically and consolidated her melodic prowess on 'My Best Friend Is You'. Not only that, but she can help you locate your nearest safety exit (it may be behind you).
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Music Go Music's debut 'Expressions' finally gets a UK release nearly half a year after hitting the US, and while it doesn't exactly have Rebecca Nicholson performing pop cartwheels, we have to admit, they've a way with a tune, if not much of a personality.
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Philly-based subwoofer botherer Starkey's 'Ear Drums And Black Holes' furthers the US interpretation of the dubstep sound he offered on 'Ephemeral Exhibits', this time offering a more structured, subtle take.
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The Radio Dept return to fill the hearts of indie dreamers with their hazy, beatific frequencies. Laura Snapes for one is on 'Clinging To A Scheme''s wavelength.
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Caribou's 'Swim' has been an office stereo regular these past weeks, its textured, radiant electronica making us think of lying in a park watching the patterns the sunlight makes on our eyeballs.
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Sub Pop's bright young hopes Happy Birthday's eponymous debut has been another regular, its sweet indie rock charms one of the best gifts we've received in a while.
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John Grant, once of The Czars, makes a solo comeback aided and abetted by epic folkers Midlake on 'The Queen Of Denmark', exorcising demons in a surprisingly smooth and mellow fashion. Listen to standout 'TC & Honeybear' here.
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If the rash of newgaze shoegaze bands over the past few years has left you wondering why, if you've taken so much trouble to perfect just the right fringe-flick/tambourine-hit nonchalant pose, you'd forget to put in the tunes, try Kyte's gutsy and gory debut 'Dead Waves' on for size.
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Or, if your tastes are more romantic in tone, what about Woodpigeon's 'Die Stadt Muzikanten', which finds Mark Hamilton exploring his grandparent's youthful romance in Vienna. No lederhosen were harmed in the making of this album.
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