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Anton Barbeau (2008)


The Automatic Door
Routine-sounding latest album from eccentric psychedelic pop rocker Anton Barbeau which offers few surprises


Ariana Grande (2020)


Positions
Playful but solid and distinctive pop and R and B on sixth album from Ariana Grande


Barry Gibb (2021)


Greenfields
Appealing new album from Barry Gibb in which he has reworked some of his classic catalogue with a range of country artists including Dolly Parton, Keith Urban, Alison Krauss and Sheryl Crow.


Billie Eilish (2021)


Happier Than Ever
Compelling and thoughtful second album from multi-award-winning singer Billie Eilish


Charlatans (2006)


Forever. The Singles.
Excellent and timely compilation of ever-evolving classic singles band the Charlatans, whose 15 year career has now spanned over 9 studio albums and 26 singles


Clairo (2021)


Sling
Intimate but frank and socially conscious second album from American singer-songwriter Clairo


Dua Lipa (2020)


Future Nostalgia
Revamped version of second album from Dua Lipa which has been remixed with special guests to impressive effect


Ellenby (2005)


Runaway Ep
Dull folk rock from London-based duo Ellenby, one of whom has appeared in West End show Jesus Christ Superstar


Elvis Costello and the Imposters (2011)


The Return of the Spectacular Songbook
Excellent limited edition live CD/DVD recorded at a show in Los Angeles, which has Elvis Costello and his band the Imposters selecting songs from a Wheel of Fortune


Gary Barlow (2020)


Music Played by Humans
Energetic and orchestral fifth solo album by the English singer-songwriter and Take That lead singer, Gary Barlow



Innerpartystem (2008)
Innerpartystem - Die Tonight Live Forever

Die Tonight Live Forever
Dirty-sounding, but heartfelt electro on new single from Pennyslvanian group Innerpartysystem who seem destined for major success


Jehnny Beth (2020)
Jehnny Beth - To Love is to Live

To Love is to Live
Provocative and sensitive debut solo album from Mercury-nominated Savages vocalist Jehnny Beth


Kacey Musgraves (2021)
Kacey Musgraves - Star-Crossed

Star-Crossed
Emotive and adventurous new album from Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves which was inspired by her recent marriage break-up and divorce


Killers (2021)
Killers - Pressure Machine

Pressure Machine
Cinematic and reflective new album from The Killers, which was inspired by frontman Brandon Flowers' return to his small and conservative home town in Utah.


Lana Del Ray (2021)
Lana Del Ray - Blue Banisters

Blue Banisters
Reflective and stripped back new album, her second this year, from bestselling American singer-songwriter Lana del Ray


Little Fish (2010)
Little Fish - Baffled and Beat

Baffled and Beat
Emotive garage rock which takes a raw, but often comical look at life on debut album from Oxfordshire duo, Little Fish


Mark Morriss (2008)
Mark Morriss - Memory Muscle

Memory Muscle
Charmingly low-key and acoustic solo debut album from Mark Morriss, the vocalist with the still under-rated Bluetones


Mr Hudson and the Library (2007)
Mr Hudson and the Library - A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities
Outstanding debut album from rising and offbeat new group Mr Hudson and the Library which takes 1940's influences and gives them a unique contemporary twist


Paul McCartney (2021)
Paul McCartney - McCartney III

McCartney III
Fantastic third all-solo album from Paul McCartney which he recorded spontaneously during lockdown


PJ Harvey (2011)
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

Let England Shake
Stunning return to form and part reggae-influenced remorseful eighth studio album from PJ Harvey, in which she examines the declining current state of England



Sandy Denny (2010)
Sandy Denny - Sandy Denny

Sandy Denny
Superb 19 CD box set from tragic and still often under-rated UK folk singer, Sanny Denny, which includes 100 unreleased recordings


Slade (2009)
Slade - Merry Christmas Everybody: Party Hits

Merry Christmas Everybody: Party Hits
Effective if cynical reworking for the Christmas market twenty of Slade's greatest hits


Sonic Youth (2007)
Sonic Youth - The Destroyed Room

The Destroyed Room
Largely instrumental and experimental, but rewarding compilation of outtakes, leftovers and odds and sods from Sonic Youth released to clear out their major label cupboard


Spiritualized (2008)
Spiritualized - Songs in A & E

Songs in A & E
Long delayed latest album from Spiritualized, which released after a serious illness left front man Jason Pierce fighting for his life in intensive care, shows itself to have been very much worth the wait


Taylor Swift (2021)
Taylor Swift - Evermore

Evermore
Impressive second album in a year from Taylor Swift which finds her continuing to develop in an indie-folk direction


Thin Lizzy (2007)
Thin Lizzy - Thin Lizzy Greatest Hits

Thin Lizzy Greatest Hits
Fine if somewhat surprising double CD reissue of 70's band Thin Lizzy's greatest moments, which originally came out just three years ago


Various (2015)
Various - Island Records Presents Reggae Discomixe

Island Records Presents Reggae Discomixe
Fabulous double CD of extended 70's mixes with which Island Records goes back to its roots to prove once again that reggae’s got soul


Yeah You's (2009)
Yeah You's - Looking Through You

Looking Through You
Energetic, exuberant pop on harmonic debut album from British band, the Yeah You's