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Nick Dent-Robinson - Reviews


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.


Gary Kemp


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


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


Steve Ashley


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


Maartin Allcock


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


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


Marianne Faithfull with Warren Ellis


She Walks in Beauty
Haunting latest album from Marianne Faithfull which she has recorded with the Bad Seeds’ Warren Ellis and which combines readings of Romantic poetry with sound collages


Van Morrison


Latest Record Project: Volume 1
Competent but flawed and over-long triple album from Van Morrison


London Grammar


Californian Soil
Accomplished combination of pop and balladry on latest album from Nottingham-formed trio London Grammar


Who


The Stereo Bonus Tracks
Fantastic digital only EP which provides alternative versions of The Who's 1967 album The Who Sells Out', which is being reissued in an expanded version


Bryan Ferry


Royal Albert Hall 2020
Excellent live album from Bryan Ferry, recorded at the Royal Albert Hall just before lockdown, all proceeds of which go to his touring musicians and road crew


Gillian Welch and David Rawlings


All The Good Times
Intimate and acoustic covers album from leading Americana duo Gillian Welch and David Rawlings


Barry Gibb


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.


Celeste


Not Your Muse
Fantastic debut album from Celeste who lives up to all her promise after winning a BRITS Rising Star award


Iain Matthews


Fake Tan
Enjoyable new album from Fairport Convention and Matthews Southern Comfort’s Iain Matthews, which he has recorded with Norwegian musicians The Salmon Smokers


Pearl Charles


Magic Mirror
Eclectic second album from rising Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Pearl Charles


Paul McCartney


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


Elvis Costello


Hey Clockface
Eclectic latest album from Elvis Costello which, despite being recorded in muliple locations, carries a powerful emotional punch


Katie Melua


Album No. 8
Sophisticated eighth album from Katie Melua influenced by her marriage break-up and which features the Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra


Melanie C


Melanie C
Confessional but kitchen disco-orientated eponymous new solo album from the often under-rated Melanie C


Diana Krall


This Dream of You
Superbly crafted album of classic covers from jazz singer Diana Krall who is one of the finest female singers performing today


Gloria Estefan


Brazil.305
Impressive mix of new songs and reworking of older material in first album in seven years from Latin singer Gloria Estefan


Roachford


Twice in a Lifetime
Impressive latest album from London-based soul singer and keyboardist and Mike and the Mechanics co-vocalist Andrew Roachford


Dua Lipa


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


Ellie Goulding


Brightest Blue
Appealing and diverse fourth album from bestselling and acclaimed singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding


Taylor Swift


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


Pretenders


Hate for Sale
Superb eleventh album from the Pretenders which finds them still a major force to be reckoned with


Ray LaMontagne


Monovision
Fine, understated acoustic album from acclaimed New England singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne


Laura Marling


Song for Our Daughter
Lush seventh album from critically-acclaimed folk artist Laura Marling which is written for her fictional daughter


Ron Sexsmith


Hermitage
Optimistic and subtle seventeenth album from much acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ron Sexsmith


Morrissey


I Am Not a Dog on a Chain
Increasingly flawed and overtly self-indulgent latest album from ex-Smiths frontman, Morrissey


Adam Lambert


Velvet
Emotive but catchy and vintage-toned solo album from powerful-voiced Queen singer Adam Lambert


Little Red Kings


The Magic Show Part One
Impressive alternative rock on new album from Norwich-based act Little Red Kings who deserve a major breakthrough


James Taylor


American Standard
Intimate collection of covers of 20th Century classic songs from veteran guitarist and singer James Taylor


Pink Floyd


The Later Years (1987-2019) Highlights
Advance highlights album from Pink Floyd for forthcoming eighteen-disc box set which will focus on their later years


Blossoms


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


La Roux


Supervision
Personal latest album from La Roux which is reminiscent of Stevie Wonder and George Michael


Who


Who
Energetic and versatile eponymous first album in over a decade from rock veterans The Who


Sheryl Crow


Threads
Versatile potentially last album from SherlY Crow which includes an impressive range of guest stars including Keith Richards and Eric Clapton


Fairport Convention


What We Did On Our Saturday
Enjoyable career-spanning live album from influential folk act Fairport Convention recorded last year during their fiftieth anniversary at their annual Cropredy Convention in North Oxfordshire


Clannad


Turas 1980
Long-lost twenty-song early live recording on two CD set from much-loved Irish folk group Clannad


Hatful of Rain


Songs of the Lost and Found
Eclectic third album from bluegrass group Hatful of Rain who combine powerful songwriting with great musical virtuosity


Matthews Southern Comfort


Like a Radio
Impressive latest album from country rock/folk outfit Matthews Southern Comfort, the project of former Fairport Convention member Iain Matthews


Ashley Hutchings


Street Cries
Fine reworking with an array of heavyweight guest appearances of his late 1990's album from legendary English folk rock singer-songwriter Ashley Hutchings


Charlie Dore


Dark Matter
Imaginative latest album from award-winning singer-songwriter and actress Charlie Dore


Police Dog Hogan


Wild by the Side of the Road
Impressive and unusual fourth album from dynamic London-based bluegrass/folk outfit Police Dog Hogan


Luke Tuchscherer


You Get So Alone At Times That It Just Makes Sense
Dark but diverse Charles Bukowksi-inspired debut solo album from Whybirds’ drummer –turned-vocalist and guitarist, Luke Tuchscherer


Lost Brothers


New Songs of Dawn and Dust
Innovative fourth album from Irish Americana/folk duo the Lost Brothers, which was produced by ex-Coral guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones


Charlie Wood


New Souvenirs
Triumphant and stylish latest album from Memphis-born but British-based keyboardist, Charlie Wood


Ronnie Lane and Slim Chance


Ooh La La: An Island Havest
First-rate double CD compilation from the Small Faces and the Faces' Ronnie Lane's often overlooked solo career


Deborah Bonham


Spirit
Rootsy Americana recorded in Nashville and Chichester on fourth album from singer-songwriter, Deborah Bonham


Joe Brown


The Ukelele Album Deluxe Edition
Stylish and imaginative yet understated re-release of Joe Brown's 2012 album, which now comes with both extra studio tracks and also a bonus live CD


Jules Winchester


A Stranger in Your Home Town
Superb first professionally produced album from Sussex-based singer-songwriter, Jules Winchester







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