Album: Imelda May, Mayhem (Decca)

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The Dickie Davies-haired queen of the rockabilly revival has already been number one in her native Ireland for most of the summer with her third album.

On Mayhem – see what she did there? – Imelda displays her versatility. Sure, she can still play the rockabilly hellcat, but there's also the cool fingersnapping swing of the title track, the Mexican-tinged "I'm Alive" and the folksy ballad "Kentish Town Waltz", plus a touch of PJ Harvey distortion on "Psycho". Can badger-bonce repeat her success on the mainland? She may.