Andy Gill

Andy Gill is The Independent's Music Critic.

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Pops Staples performing in 1996

Pops Staples, Don't Lose This - album review: This soulful family affair is a real find

Most of Pops’ material sticks to the familiar gospel themes of fellowship and striving with a few modern twists thrown in

The Pop Group have retained their signature sound after 35 years

The Pop Group, Citizen Zombie - album review: Post-punkers are still angry after all these years

The Pop Group’s signature mode of deviant funk is still disconcerting and the focus of their anger is still sharp

The Grateful Dead in the Seventies

Grateful Dead: Martin Scorsese's documentary marks the psychedelic rock band's 50th anniversary

LSD, lawsuits and anarchy – it's no wonder the group are still so prolific

Idlewild performing at Leeds Festival in 2000

Idlewild, Everything Ever Written, album review: A Grateful Dead-like grace which could be their best work so far

Musically, the lay-off, and the acquisition of new bass and keyboard players, has worked wonders for Idlewild’s sonic palette

The band Peace

Peace, Happy People, album review: Indie’s new kings show the power of positive thinking

It’s like listening to peak-period Oasis, but with the snarls replaced by smiles

A freewheelin’ Bob Dylan has restored life to old standards

Bob Dylan, Shadows in the Night, album review: Restoring life to old standards

Unlike most modern-day, punched-in vocal constructions, there’s a real sense of fallible humanity to these live performances

Singer-songwriter Natalie Prass' album was recorded three years ago but has only just been released

Natalie Prass, 'Natalie Prass' - album review: Soul slow-burner charms on her gorgeous debut

Download: My Baby Don’t Understand Me; Bird of Prey; Your Fool; Christy

Into something good: Carole King in 1970

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical - Who is the woman behind the hits?

She wrote dozens of hit songs and, with her Tapestry album, defined a generation. Carole King's story is now on stage

Icelandic singer Bjork has been forced to release her album early after an online leak

Bjork, Vulnicura - album review: A return of sorts to standard song form

Download this: Black Lake; Notget; Atom Dance

D'Angelo performs at the Lovebox Festival, Victoria Park London, in 2013

D’Angelo And The Vanguard, Black Messiah, album review: A timely second coming

It’s almost a surprise to find the reclusive R&B enigma’s style so unchanged

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But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
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Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
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Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
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With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
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I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
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Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
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