Andy Gill

Andy Gill is The Independent's Music Critic.

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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

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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

Madonna performs on stage during the BRIT Awards 2015

Madonna, Rebel Heart - album review: A confirmation of Madonna's sustained musical relevance

The lyrics mine familiar tropes of sex, dance, religion and celebrity but the music pushes out from her electropop template

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