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Sinead O'Connor - 'I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss'

Sinead O'Connor - 'I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss'

For much of her 10th album, it appears that Sinéad O’Connor has reinvented herself as Shania Twain. A far cry from the open-wounded pop of her early career, ‘Dense Water Deeper Down’ and ‘Your Green Jacket’ offer conformist, lightweight...

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5/10

Twin Atlantic - 'The Great Divide'

Twin Atlantic - 'The Great Divide'

There’s something charming about a band unafraid to aim high, and few bands sound as brazenly ambitious as Glasgow’s Twin Atlantic. On their second album they seek to distil their beloved rock’n’roll down to its constituent parts. And...

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NME RATING

8/10

The Raveonettes - 'Pe'ahi'

The Raveonettes - 'Pe'ahi'

Times got tough on The Raveonettes' chain gang of love. 2012’s ‘Observator’ was inspired by a three-day drug bender that guitarist Sune Rose Wagner threw himself into to battle depression caused by a back injury, and their seventh album...

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7/10

The Hip Priests - 'Black Denim Blitz'

The Hip Priests - 'Black Denim Blitz'

Nottingham four-piece The Hip Priests lace their latest album of metallic garage punk with imagery that runs the gamut from boorish to potty-mouthed to sexist. This need not, in itself, be a deal-breaker. Much of the appeal of their evident idols...

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NME RATING

5/10

Engineers - 'Always Returning'

Engineers - 'Always Returning'

Led by Mark Peters, shoegaze misfits Engineers have been making brilliant records for nearly 10 years now, yet the limelight afforded to similar-sounding bands such as The Horrors has always eluded them. On 'Always Returning', their fourth album,...

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NME RATING

8/10

Holy Family - 'Can't Dance, Won't Steal, Need Some Sleep'

Holy Family - 'Can't Dance, Won't Steal, Need...

Holy Family moved from Gothenburg to Montreal while making ‘Can’t Dance, Won’t Steal, Need Some Help’, so you have to wonder how the upheaval will have had on it. At times, songwriters Anton Ekman and Viktor Hansson approach brilliance:...

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NME RATING

6/10

FaltyDL - 'In The Wild'

FaltyDL - 'In The Wild'

The fourth album from New York beatsmith FaltyDL (aka Andrew Lustman), is certainly well named: the record stumbles between pastoral ambience and feral beats in what is a discomfiting but sometimes beautiful collection. Lustman’s weapons of...

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NME RATING

7/10

Jaakko Eino Kalevi - 'Yin Yang Theatre EP'

Jaakko Eino Kalevi - 'Yin Yang Theatre EP'

Before recording his new EP, lo-fi disco explorer Jaakko Eino Kalevi invented a party game. “Pass the cat to your left side”, the Helsinki musician sings on 'Pass The Cat', a cosmic dance tune named after a late-night game he made up in New...

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NME RATING

8/10

Grumbling Fur - 'Preternaturals'

Grumbling Fur - 'Preternaturals'

Billed as their "pop" record, Daniel O'Sullivan and Alexander Tucker's third album launches straight into 30 seconds of creaking doors and spooky bells in a fragment called 'Neil Megson Fanclub'. They soon make good on their pop pledge though,...

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NME RATING

8/10

Laura Mvula - 'With Metropole Orkest'

Laura Mvula - 'With Metropole Orkest'

Re-recording your debut album with a 52-piece orchestra is pretty audacious. But then, Laura Mvula – who introduced psychedelic jazz and gospel to R&B on last year's ‘Sing To The Moon’ – isn’t your standard pop star. Mvula's original...

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NME RATING

6/10

 
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