Andy Gill

Andy Gill is The Independent's Music Critic.

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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

The Endless River by Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd, The Endless River - album review: Boring and desperately disappointing

It would take a Barrett-load of drugs to make Pink Floyd's new album interesting, writes Andy Gill

Bob Dylan in 1968

Bob Dylan And The Band, The Basement Tapes Complete, album review: In this creative cauldron, virtually anything was possible

Now, with this 11th volume of Dylan’s Bootleg Series, the (possibly?) full complement reaches 138 tracks, including multiple takes that allow us to hear songs forming, mistakes becoming genius innovations

Taylor Swift performs at the 2014 iHeart Radio Music Festival

Taylor Swift, 1989 - album review: Pop star shows 'promising signs of maturity'

But whether it’s adolescent exaggeration or an attempt to bring more intriguing strategies into pop lyricism is debatable

Scott Walker + Sunn O))) - Soused

Scott Walker + Sunn O))), Soused, album review: A brilliant avant-rock collaboration

Sunn O)))’s immutable drones roll like lava, with pained lowings slashed by serrated bursts of rhythmic noise and swishing knife-blades

Mark Lanegan Band - Reading Festival 2012

Mark Lanegan Band, Phantom Radio, album review: Compelling, rare and beautiful

Mark Lanegan deserves elevation to the front rank of modern rock artists

Jessie Ware, Tough Love, album review: She is a natural diva

The album just sounds more natural, more lifelike, than the finger-pointing blame games played by most divas

Sergeant pfeffer: Beatles in 1963

The Beatles' Lyrics By Hunter Davies - book review: The scribbles that changed the world

One of the main attractions of the book is Davies’ unrivalled access to the group

Lucinda Williams, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, album review: This is a magnificent, career-defining piece of work

Compassion is the abiding emotion through most of the 20 songs

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The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

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These are the macs to keep your denim dry and your hair frizz-free(ish)
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
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Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
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The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific
In this the person to restore our trust in the banks?

In this the person to restore our trust in the banks?

Dame Colette Bowe - interview
When do the creative juices dry up?

When do the creative juices dry up?

David Lodge thinks he knows
The 'Cher moment' happening across fashion just now

Fashion's Cher moment

Ageing beauty will always be more classy than all that booty
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Health fears over school cancer jab

Shock new Freedom of Information figures show how thousands of girls have suffered serious symptoms after routine HPV injection
Fifa President Sepp Blatter warns his opponents: 'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

'I forgive everyone, but I don't forget'

Fifa president Sepp Blatter issues defiant warning to opponents
Extreme summer temperatures will soon cause deaths of up to 1,700 more Britons a year, says government report

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