The Barometer: Alicia Keys; Bryn Terfel; The Soft Pack; Brett Anderson; The Mountain Goats; X-Ray Spex

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Alicia Keys Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart

Ms Keys experiments with Eighties electro for this stunning uptempo ballad.

Bryn Terfel Sono Lo Spirito Che Nega (Mefistofele)

Rarely can the Devil have been portrayed with quite such maniacal relish as on this standout track from the Welsh baritone's Bad Boys collection.

The Soft Pack Answer to Yourself

The catchy new single from the smart Californian pop-rock-garage band.

Brett Anderson Summer

The former Suede star's newfound tranquil existence is epitomised by this track from his cinematic, folk-inspired third solo album.

The Mountain Goats Genesis 3:23

One of America's great neglected songwriters, John Darnielle imagines he's a ghost in his own house on the jauntiest tune from a Bible-themed album.

X-Ray Spex Oh Bondage, Up Yours!

A stand-out hit on the punk act's upcoming live album.