Andy Gill

Andy Gill is The Independent's Music Critic.

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'Love Has Many Faces' presents Mitchell as a jazzy, torch song auteur

Album box set reviews: Joni Mitchell, T. Rex, The Kinks and Abba

4CD set from Joni Mitchell (above) poses more questions than it answers

Paolo Nutini performs live at Radio 1's Big Weekend at Glasgow Green on25 May, 2014, in Glasgow, Scotland

From Paolo Nutini to Leonard Cohen: the best albums of 2014

A special mention must also go to Robin Thicke as Turkey of the Year

Mark Kozelek (L) of Sun Kil Moon performs during Day 1 of Fun Fun Fun Fest at Auditorium Shores on November 7, 2014 in Austin, Texas.

Mark Kozelek, Mark Kozelek Sings Christmas Carols, album review: The Grinch who learned to love the festive period

The most surprising take is saved for last, when a piano-led version of 'The Christmas Song' concludes the album with a draught of mulled-wine warmth

'The Killers', with Ava Gardner and Burt Lancaster

DVD and Blu-ray film reviews: From The Killers to Remember Me

The opening to The Killers is terrifically tense (with clear influences on Tarantino) and Lancaster compels in this savage film noir from 1946

Malcolm Middleton & David Shrighley, Music & Words

Malcolm Middleton and David Shrigley, Music and Words, album review: Delighting in ludicrous rudeness

Middleton locates the appropriate settings for Shrigley’s perverse poems with charging techno pulses animating the hysterical protests of a teenager

Chip Taylor performs at the 14th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference

Chip Taylor, The Little Prayers Trilogy, album review: A terrific triple-album of social commentaries and romance

The latter is the most impressive of the trilogy, its jail songs and political-prisoner narratives wielding a powerful punch of conscience

Books of the year 2014: Music, from Jerry Lee Lewis and John Lydon to Kate Bush

Rock 'n' roll's rebels without causes filed reports from their career frontlines while critic Greil Marcus revealed The History Of Rock 'n' Roll In Ten Songs

Full circle: Wu-Tang’s Method Man Getty

Wu-Tang Clan, A Better Tomorrow, album review: The boys are back, on top form

The album brings their career full circle; although RZA’s prog-hop backing track shows how far he, at least, has developed since then

Frisky and infectious, Elba's album is a marvellous alliance of ancient and modern

Idris Elba Presents mi Mandela, album review: A marvellous alliance of ancient and modern styles

Elba’s co-producer on most tracks is Mr Hudson, and together they’ve created a series of gentle, catchy shuffles stippled with marimba, cello and horns

Bryan Ferry performs at The Henley Festival on July 9, 2014 in Henley-on-Thames

Bryan Ferry, Avonmore, album review: You can’t ask for more than this from slick crooner

Save for a shaky cover of 'Send in the Clowns', Ferry remains as calm and collected as ever at the eye of these emotional storms

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