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Aliens (2007)


Astronomy for Dogs
Catchy, but not especially inspiring 60's-influenced debut album from the Aliens, the new band of former Beta Band members John Maclean, Robin Jones, and Gordon Anderson


Angus and Julia Stone (2008)


A Book Like This
Enjoyable melodic pop on consistently strong second album from Australian brother and sister, Angus and Julia Stone


Anita Lipnicka (2011)


Hard Land of Wonder
Atmospheric and wintry latest album from exceptional-voiced Polish born, but now English-based singer-songwriter Anita Lipnicka, who has worked in the past with the Walkabouts' Chris Eckman


Badly Drawn Boy (2006)


Nothing's Gonna Change Your Mind
Uninvolving latest single from Badly Drawn Boy


Beach Boys (2012)


That's Why God Made the Radio
Fabulous first album in twenty years from the Beach Boys which, possibly their farewell record, has been released to coincide with their fiftieth anniversary


Beth Orton (2006)


Comfort Of Strangers
Disappointing fourth album and first new record in four years for Beth Orton, which lacks the lovely charm and pick me ups of her previous recordings


Beth Orton (2006)


Conceived
Enjoyable new single from Beth Orton, back after an absence of three years


Bill Leverty (2010)


Deep South
Thoughtful third solo album of southern blues covers from much acclaimed guitarist, Bill Leverty


Blondie (2001)


No Exit Plus 3
It is sixteen years since Blondie split up because, as they have since bluntly described it, ‘we hated each other’. Now four of its original members-vocalist Debbie Harry, guitarist Chris Stein, keybo



Blossoms (2020)


Foolish Loving Spaces
Enjoyable third album from increasingly impressive and unique Stockport pop quintet, Blossoms


Coldplay (2005)


X And Y
Undemanding and familiar-sounding angst rock on instantly bestselling third album from the highly popular Coldplay


Coldplay (2008)


Prospekt's March
Fine new EP from Coldplay, which combines alternative versions of some of the songs from their last album 'Viva La Vida'with several new tracks


Halsey (2021)


If I Cant Have Love, I Want Power
Gritty and thought=provoking rock on latest album from Halsey, who came out as non-binary earlier this year


Idlewild (2007)


Scottish Fiction (The Best of 1997-2007)
Engaging ten year anniversary compilation from still under-rated Scots rockers Idlewild which appears in a special edition with film of a live concert, bonus interviews, acoustic tracks and promo videos


Jack Savoretti (2021)


Europiana
Enjoyable retro and European-influenced seventh album from bestselling singer-songwriter ack Savoretti


Jane Birkin (2004)


Rendez-Vous
Eclectic collection of duets from the ever versatile Jane Birkin, who, despite over thirty years of working in the music industry, still gets little recognition outside France


Kraftwerk (2005)


Minimum-maximum
Impressive double CD and first official live album, recorded during last year's universally praised world tour, from seminal German electronic pioneers Kraftwerk


Lorde (2021)


Solar Power
Reflective and stripped-back third album from acclaimed New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde



Love Is All (2008)


Love is All Mixed Up
Bubbly and enjoyable collection of remixes from friends and fans of songs by Swedish band Love is All


M83 (2009)


Saturday=Youth
Ethereal and ultimately engaging fourth album from electronic group M83, which has been reissued from last year


Moonshot (2011)


Angels Wear Black
Entrancing electronica on debut album from British dance pop two piece, Moonshot


Ronnie Spector (2016)


The Very Best of Ronnie Spector
Impressive collection that draws from 1960s artist Ronnie Spector’s recordings with the Ronettes and as a solo artist


Taylor Swift (2020)


Folklore
Enjoyable indie rock-influenced latest album from Taylor Swift which has been co-produced and co-written by the National's Aaron Dessner


Van Der Graaf Generator (2008)


Trisector
Fine comeback album from 60's and 70's prog rock/psychedelic group Van Der Graaf Generator, who have reformed after nearly thirty years apart


Young Rebel Set (2011)


Curse Our Love
Versatile debut album proper from hard touring, but critically under-acknowledged Stockton-On-Tees seven-piece skiffle pop group, Young Rebel Set







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