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Baxter Dury - 'It's A Pleasure'

Baxter Dury - 'It's A Pleasure'

It’s been three years since Dury’s debut ‘Happy Soup’. What made it such a charming record was his knack for wrapping kitchen-sink dramas in candyfloss, but that trait sparkles only intermittently on ‘It's A Pleasure’. Standout...

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6/10

Mark Lanegan Band – 'Phantom Radio'

Mark Lanegan Band – 'Phantom Radio'

Despite writing much of ‘Phantom Radio’ on a phone app called Funk Box, Mark Lanegan boasts a melodic elegance more commonly associated with a classical orchestra. On his latest album, the gravel-voiced 49-year-old uses gospel and blues...

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8/10

These New Puritans – 'Expanded (Live At The Barbican)'

These New Puritans – 'Expanded (Live At The...

These New Puritans have made their name with disregard for convention and a pursuit of unexplored sounds. On last year’s chilly ‘Field Of Reeds’, however, the London trio’s neoclassical interests edged them towards Radio 3, a trend they...

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NME RATING

6/10

Andy Burrows – 'Fall Together Again'

Andy Burrows – 'Fall Together Again'

Andy Burrows' career has taken many paths since he gave up on Johnny Borrell and left Razorlight in 2009, including a recent stint behind the skins for another much-loved comedy character, David Brent, and his band Foregone Conclusion. 'Fall...

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NME RATING

4/10

John Lydon - Anger Is An Energy: My Life Uncensored

John Lydon - Anger Is An Energy: My Life...

“The king is gone but he's not forgotten,” Neil Young once sang, “This is the story of a Johnny Rotten…” Well, here are 500 pages in Johnny’s own words. John Joseph Lydon’s new autobiography isn’t just about his incarnation as...

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NME RATING

8/10

The Coral - The Curse Of Love

The Coral - The Curse Of Love

Wirral space cowboys The Coral are currently on one of those extended hiatuses, so it's a neat trick to pull a 'new' album out of the can to keep the embers glowing. Recorded between 2005's 'The Invisible Invasion' and 2007's 'Roots & Echoes',...

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NME RATING

8/10

Jane Weaver – 'The Silver Globe'

Jane Weaver – 'The Silver Globe'

On the fringes of Manchester’s independent rock scene for over two decades now, Jane Weaver’s solo albums have largely been folky affairs. Experimentation has always been present, though, and on ‘The Silver Globe’ it becomes the definitive...

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NME RATING

7/10

Palace – 'Lost In The Night' EP

Palace – 'Lost In The Night' EP

'Lost In The Night' may only be London quartet Palace's first EP, but it marks them out as possible successors to The Maccabees as sensitive indie boys to swoon over. Like The Antlers if they added a bluesy twang to their melancholy musings, or...

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NME RATING

8/10

New Build - 'Pour It On'

New Build - 'Pour It On'

This second album from electropop trio New Build lacks pep. Hot Chip's Al Doyle and Felix Martin and their pal Tom Hopkins have followed their 2012 debut ‘Yesterday Was Lived And Lost’ with a somewhat arduous record. ‘Look in Vain’ is...

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NME RATING

3/10

Thurston Moore - 'The Best Day'

Thurston Moore - 'The Best Day'

Much has happened in Thurston Moore’s life since his last solo album, 2011’s ‘Demolished Thoughts’.  The same year, he and Kim Gordon – his wife since 1984 and Sonic Youth co-founder – divorced. The band was placed on indefinite hold...

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NME RATING

8/10

 
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