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Ashley Hutchings


More Songs From The Shows
Autobiographical 100th album from prolific Fairport Covention member Ashley Hutchings


Jack White


Entering Heaven's Gate
Versatile second album in three months from ex-White Stripes frontman Jack White


Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp


18
Well-crafted and credible collection of mainly covers from British guitarist Jeff Beck and controversial Hollywood star Johnny Depp


Hurrah!


David Jensen 08.12.82
Stunningly packaged double 7” from Precious Recordings of London of 80’s indie band Hurrah!’s only BBC session with David Jensen


Paolo Nutini


Last Night in the Bittersweet
Versatile and impressive first album in eight years from Glaswegian singer Paolo Nutini


Neneh Cherry


The Versions
Mellow and jazzy tribute album which reworks classic tracks from Neneh Cherry's back catalogue with the aid of guest singers and vocalists


Foals


Life is Yours
Upbeat and life-affirming new album from Oxford-based band Foals upon which they hope to help banish post-lockdown blues


Jessie Buckley and Bernard Butler


For All Our Days That Tear The Heart
Fantastic joint album From Hollywood actress Jessie Buckley and Suede guitarist Bernard Butler


Def Leppard


Diamond Star Halos
Enjoyable first album in seven years from Sheffield-formed hard rock act Def Leppard who on his new record play to their strengths


Dave Stewart


Ebony McQueen
Versatile and semi-autobiographical new album from former Eurythmics member Dave Stewart


Smile


A Light for Attracting Attention
High quality debut album from The Smile, The new side-project for Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood


Soft Cell


Happiness Not Included
Excellent fifth album from groundbreaking 80's synth duo Soft Cell


Norah Jones


Come Away With Me: 20th Anniversary Edition
Fantastic 20th anniversary reissue of Norah Jones' sublime surprise hit debut album. 'Come Away With Me'


Father John Misty


Chloe And The Next 20th Century
Heartwarming and immaculate fifth album from Father John Misty, the moniker of Seattle singer-songwriter Josh Tillman


Sam Brace


Fever and Bones
Strong 1990s alternative rock-influenced debut solo album from folk punk band Skinny Lister's guitarist Sam Brace


Little Boots


Tomorrow's Yesterdays
Homemade DIY disco on accomplished but melancholic latest album from electronic artist Little Boots


Stereophonics


Oochya!
Anthemic and impressively powerful bewalbum from Welsh band Stereophonics released to coincide with the 25th anniversary of their debut LP


Bryan Adams


So Happy It Hurts
Formulaic but enjoyable latest album from bestselling Canadian artist Bryan Adams


Weather Station


How Is It That I Should Look At The Stars
Intimate and understated sixth album from The Weather Station, the project of acclaimed Canadian actress and singer Tamara Lindeman


Tears For Fears


The Tipping Point
Ambitious first album in eighteen years from seminal 80's synth pop group Tears For Fears which finds them convincingly breaking into new territory


Slash


4
Familiar but impressive hard rock on fourth album from Guns'N'Roses guitarist Slash with his side project The Conspirators


Oysterband


Read the Sky
Rousing and Green-friendly political folk rock in first album in eight years from the highly acclaimed Oysterband


Paul McCartney and Wings


Wild Life
Excellent vinyl reissue of Wings' 1971 debut album which while it received lukewarm reception on its initial release half a century on stands up in a more favourable light


John Mellencamp


Strictly a One-Eyed Jack
Gritty and pessimistic new album of blue-collar anthems from Indiana-born singer-songwriter John Mellencamp which features guest appearances from Bruce Springsteen


Anais Mitchell


Anais Mitchell
Thoughtful and warm first studio album in ten years for indie folk musician Anais Mitchell who has been focusing on her alternative career writing Broadway musicals.


Silk Sonic


An Evening with Silk Sonic
Harmonic soul pop on debut album from Silk Sonic, the new project of Bruno Mars with Californian singer and drummer Anderson .Paak


Elvis Costello and the Imposters


The Boy Named IF
Upbeat but sometimes abstract latest album from Elvis Costello om which he reflects on his own and other men's growing pains


Katie Melua


Acoustic Album No. 8
Effective acoustic reworking by Katie Melua of her 2020 eighth album


Pistol Annies


Hell of a Holiday
Irreverent Christmas album from country supergroup the Pistol Annies


Paul Weller


An Orchestrated Songbook
Experimental and inventive new album from Paul Weller which reworks some of his Jam, Style Council and solo back catalogue with orchestral arrangements


Norah Jones


I Dream of Christmas
Upbeat Christmas album from Texas-raised jazz artisy Norah Jones


Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band


The Legendary 1979 No Nukes Concerts
Breathtaking new live album from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band recorded at two 1979 anti-nuclear concerts at New York City's Madison Square Garden


Sting


The Bridge
Impressive latest album from former Police frontman Sting on which he displays his versatility


Rod Stewart


The Tears of Hercules
Strong return to form on impressive latest album from Rod Stewart


Radiohead


Kid A Mnesia
Fine box set reissue of Radiohead's experimental and challenging 2000 and 2001 albums. 'Kid A' and 'Amnesia'


Linda Moylan


The Merchant
Appealing mixture of folk, blues and country on second album from Irish-born but London-based singer-songwriter Linda Moylan


Finneas


Optimist
Versatile debut album from Californian producer and multi-instrumentalist Finneas, who is the brother of Billie Eilish


Duran Duran


Future Past
Impressive latest album from 80's veterans Duran Duran which includes guest appearances from Graham Coxon from Blur and Giorgio Moroder


Coldplay


Music of the Spheres
Uninspiring and run-of--the-mill latest album from Coldplay


Oh Wonder


22 Break
Exceptional third album from under-rated South London alt pop duo Oh Wonder, the project of Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West, which was inspired by their near romantic break-up during its recording


Specials


Protest Songs 1924-2012
Ambitious collection of political covers from influential ska group The Specials


Sharon Corr


The Fool And The Scorpion
Accomplished collection of rock and jazz-tinged piano ballads. on third solo album from Corrs multi-instrumentalist Sharon Corr


H3000


H3000
Soulful and euphoric sci-fi inspired electronica on debut album from Australian/Los Angeles-influenced duo H3000


Metallica and Various Artists


Metallica Blacklist
Enjoyable new four CD Box set released to mark the 30th anniversary of Meatllica's infamous black album which combines a remastered version of the original album with covers of its tracks by a total of 53 artists.


Elvis Costello


Spanish Model
Remarkable new album from Elvis Costello who had reworked his debut album 'This Year's Model' in Spanish


Iron Maiden


Senjutsu
Resilient and dynamic first album in six years from heavy metal giants Iron Maiden


Diane Warren


The Cave Sessions, Vol. 1
Enjoyable release from acclaimed songwriter Diane Warren, who having written countless hits for other artists has finally put out her debut album


Jake Bugg


Saturday Night, Sunday Morning
Impressive return-to-form on fifth album from Nottingham-born singer-songwriter Jake Bugg


David Crosby


For Free
Optimistic fourth album in five years from David Crosby, who continues on this his late-life renaissance


Bleachers


Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night
Celebratory and life-affirming third album from Bleachers. the project of acclaimed producer Jack Antonoff, which includes guest appearances from Lana Del Ray, St Vincent. The Chicks and Bruce Springsteen.


Steve Ashley


Family Album Revisited
Impressive reissue of folk singer-songwriter Steve Ashley’s 1979 album which he recorded with members of Fairport Conventiion


Gary Kemp


Insolo
Impressive 70's rock influenced first solo album in twenty-six years from Spandau Ballet guitarist and songwriter Gary Kemp


Maartin Allcock


OX15
Excellent and timely reissue of late Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull multi-instrumentalist Maartin Allcock's second solo album


Blondie


Vivir En La Habana
Excellent new live album recorded in Cuba from Blondie who late in their career continue to push boundaries


Tom Odell


Monsters
Frank but uplifting pop on new album from Chichester-born singer-songwriter Tom Odell written as he recuperated from alcohol problems


Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth


Utopian Ashes
Excellent country-influenced new album from Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie and Savages' singer Jehnny Beth which tells of a crumbling marriage


Maroon 5


Jordi
Unpretentious high quality pop and R and B on seventh album from bestselling Los Angeles band Maroon 5


Joan Armatrading


Consequences
Imaginative and reassuring latest album from acclaimed 1970's singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading


Coral


Coral Island
Entertaining guitar pop on double album from Merseyside band The Coral which pays tribute to Britain's seaside resorts


Chrissie Hynde


Standing in the Doorway: Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan
Imaginative collection of Bob Dylan covers from The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde







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