Andy Gill

Andy Gill is The Independent's Music Critic.

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This is an album that restores faith in the sheer joy of music

Bop English, Constant Bop - album review: A joyous mix of folksy rock and exuberant pop

This is an album that restores faith in the sheer joy of music

In a jam : Billie Holiday during a studio session

Billie Holiday centenary: The singer changed the face of music but her final recordings are painful to hear

Hers was a tragic, heroic life which has come to be viewed as a terrible waste of a sublime gift

Singer-songwriter Villagers

Villagers, Darling Arithmetic - album review: The sums add up on a sweet, pure and elegant return

O’Brien remains painfully self-aware, the polar opposite of an unexamined life

Rock and pop group Young Fathers

Young Fathers, White Men Are Black Men Too - album review: A joyous mash-up that crosses the cultural divide

There’s a shared celebration of 'collective individuality', a belief that the future is made together, not separately

All the people: Graham Coxon, Damon Albarn, Alex James and Dave Rowntree

Blur's, The Magic Whip, album review: A beautiful comeback

Andy Gill enjoys Damon Albarn's elegant influence on Blur's five-day jam in Hong Kong

Sufjan Stevens' new album explores the effect of his estranged mother Carrie’s death on him

Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell - album review: Stirring memories from the troubled troubadour

A cathartic exercise exploring the effect of his estranged mother Carrie’s death

Ray Davies performing on stage during the Hard Rock Calling music festival in London's Hyde Park, 2011

Ray Davies: A Complicated Life by Johnny Rogan, book review: A dedicated follower of melancholy

Rogan's immense tome on The Kinks's creative mainspring is something of a backhanded compliment

Laura Marling’s new album is liberally sprinkled with rhetorical questions

Laura Marling, Short Movie, album review: Star of her own movie finds a happy ending

Her self-imposed exile is the one thematic mainspring driving this record

William Butler of Arcade Fire performs on stage at British Summer Time Festival at Hyde Park.

Will Butler, Policy, album review: A punk-funk mix that isn’t quite a blazing success

Policy is enjoyable enough, but one hopes that for its follow-up, Butler takes time to find the most accomplished realisations of his material

Peace train: (from left) Doug Castle, Harry Koisser, Sam Koisser and Dom Boyce

Peace interview: 'The ones who get bored with touring are the ones who don't need to tour to exist'

The Britpop inheritors have taken their new album into the unforgiving environments of pubs and dive bars

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The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...