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The Vines - 'Wicked Nature'

The Vines - 'Wicked Nature'

Did someone mention a grunge revival? This sounds like a job for Craig Nicholls! Though The Vines were a good 10 years too early trying to be the new Nirvana in 2002, their quiet/loud Cobain-isms make far more sense in an age where Menace Beach...

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NME RATING

7/10

Zoot Woman - 'Star Climbing'

Zoot Woman - 'Star Climbing'

Stuart Price has built a stellar career as producer for the big-name likes of Madonna and The Killers. It's somewhat baffling then, that he continues to make records with Zoot Woman, the band he formed in 1995, unless he's keen to assert the...

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NME RATING

4/10

Simian Mobile Disco - 'Whorl'

Simian Mobile Disco - 'Whorl'

Ditching their computers, Simian Mobile Disco recorded live(ish) in the Californian desert using two modular synths, two sequencers and a mixer. The result is akin to a live album from beard, never-quite-redeemed German synth pioneers Tangerine...

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NME RATING

6/10

Moodoïd - 'Le Monde Möö'

Moodoïd - 'Le Monde Möö'

Melody's Echo Chamber guitarist Pablo Padovani - aka Moodoïd - came to wider attention last September when his band of liquid leaf-adorned waifs released their self-titled debut EP. Produced by Tame Impala's Kevin Parker (also ex-boyfriend of...

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NME RATING

8/10

Blonde Redhead - 'Barragán'

Blonde Redhead - 'Barragán'

'Barragán', the title of Blonde Redhead's latest adventures into twisted urbanite indie, means 'warrior' in ancient Spanish - a translation in keeping with the New York sophisticates' swashbuckling approach to convention on this ninth studio...

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NME RATING

8/10

Pulled Apart By Horses - 'Blood'

Pulled Apart By Horses - 'Blood'

The trouble with making your name off the back of demented screamo meltdowns with titles such as 'I Punched A Lion In The Throat' is that anything you do subsequently makes you look like you've gone soft. But that's not the only hurdle facing...

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NME RATING

6/10

Lonely The Brave - 'The Day's War'

Lonely The Brave - 'The Day's War'

Cambridge rockers Lonely The Brave have taken their time - four years to be precise - with this debut album. In an age when some bands sacrifice quality for a quick back, it's a courageous move. The five-piece have used the time since they formed...

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NME RATING

8/10

Indiana - 'No Romeo'

Indiana - 'No Romeo'

Though billed as an "alternative pop proposition", 27-year-old Lauren Henson is about as alternative as Nando's - she's signed to a major, and her breakthrough hit, 'Solo Dancing', was co-written by Corinne Bailey Rae. As a pop proposition,...

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NME RATING

6/10

Sinkane - 'Mean Love'

Sinkane - 'Mean Love'

Sudanese born Ahmed Gallab's fourth album as Sinkane plucks from several continents and decades, emerging as a triumphant mix of vintage soul perfection and modern experimentation. On 'New Name', African rhythms are a bedrock for cascading synths,...

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NME RATING

8/10

Interpol - 'El Pintor'

Interpol - 'El Pintor'

"It feels like we've come full circle in a way," Interpol's frontman Paul Banks told NME earlier this year, at the start of their second stint on the NME Awards Tour (their first was supporting The Datsuns in 2003). New album 'El Pintor' mirrors...

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NME RATING

8/10

 
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