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All Them Witches - ATW (Album Review)

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A debut appearance at this year’s Download festival, coupled with tours alongside Mastodon and Primus, might provide a false impression about what to expect from All Them Witches’ fifth long player. Granted, 2017’s ‘Sleeping Through The War’ could at times perforate the odd eardrum, but the polished production from Dave Cobb probably helped rein in their more blistering mores in favour of bigger, more wholesome vibes.

Richard Ashcroft - Natural Rebel (Album Review)

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Photo: Robin Pope Here’s a thing. Do you remember when Rod Stewart was cool? Probably not. It’s been over 40 years since Faces, the original lad-rockers, split. Perhaps you remember when Sting was cool instead, then? But once the Police went the same way as Stewart’s mob, their frontman launched a similarly disappointing solo career.

Phosphorescent - C'est la Vie (Album Review)

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In the five years since the release of Phosphorescent’s ‘Muchacho’, Matthew Houck has been busy. He got married to musician Jo Schornikow, became a father, moved from New York to Nashville, rented a warehouse, built a studio from scratch with a salvaged ‘70s console, got really ill, survived, wrote an album, recorded an album, and subsequently released an album. It’s called ‘C’est la Vie’, and it’s different.

The KVB - Only Now Forever (Album Review)

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Post-punk, electronica, psych, shoegaze…a lot of labels have been affixed to the KVB over the last eight years. But this desperate pigeonholing isn’t a case of confused, straw-clutching journalism, more a reflection of the experimentation that Nicholas Wood and Kat Day have stuck to since their formation.

Elvis Costello - Look Now (Album Review)

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‘Look Now’, Elvis Costello’s first solo album in eight years, is an excellent outing for the veteran songwriter. As a collection it’s rich, classy and able to demonstrate his distinctive talent for writing complex narratives full of emotional jeopardy and black humour.

The Joy Formidable - AAARTH (Album Review)

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Having relocated from north Wales’ sweeping earthscapes to the rugged surroundings of Utah, the Joy Formidable have morphed expansively into a world of riff-heavy dream-gaze on their new album ‘AAARTH’.

John Grant - Love Is Magic (Album Review)

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Since getting sober, John Grant has spent the best part of a decade developing a superb catalogue of camp, alternative electronica. The former Czars frontman’s fourth solo album, ‘Love is Magic’, is a punchy, ‘80s-infused grooveathon that presents highly characterful lyrics, retro flavours, tight arrangements and synthetic melodic motifs.

Kurt Vile - Bottle It In (Album Review)

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You don’t have to wait long for new material from Philadelphia folk-rocker Kurt Vile. Last year’s ‘Lotta Sea Lice’ was a collaboration with Courtney Barnett, bolstering a prolific run of releases that continues with ‘Bottle It In’, his seventh solo outing in a decade.

Primal Scream - Give Out But Don't Give Up: The Original Memphis Recordings (Album Review)

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Primal Scream continue to divide opinion. As a ‘90s indie band they are a bit of an also-ran: a group who produced some excellent music while being outshone by bands who had more consistency across membership and sound like Blur, Oasis and Pulp.

Drenge - Autonomy (Album Review)

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It seems like an age ago that Drenge were unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight by Labour MP Tom Watson, who urged people to go see the band in his resignation letter. They were starting to pick up steam anyway, with several years on the road and their debut album on the way, but it was an unexpected twist in their tale.

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