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On her solo debut, Beth Rowley is a more deserving inheritor of the Dusty Springfield mantle than either Duffy or Adele, though the lack of comparably overcooked hype will probably ensure that Little Dreamer fails to emulate the immediate impact of Rockferry or 19.

Which may be for the best: this is an album whose manifold delights are best discovered at a more considered pace, to allow the gracefully modulated blues and soul stylings of songs such as "So Sublime" and "Only One Cloud" time to seep into one's consciousness. Production duties are split between the pop-conscious settings of Steve Powers on songs such as "So Sublime", and the rootsier treatments of Bacon & Quarmby, whose assemblage of organ, piano and horns on covers of Billy Sherrill's "Almost Persuaded" and Willie Nelson's "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground" has the grainy, textured quality of The Band.

Bacon chop with Tewkesbury mustard

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Bacon's triptych expected to fetch &#163;35m

The most important Francis Bacon triptych to remain in private hands looks set to smash all records for the artist when it goes on sale at Sotheby's in New York for an estimated £35m.

Spaghetti with bacon, mushrooms and Parmesan

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Bacon's homage to dead lover sells for &pound;26m

A "unique" painting revealing Francis Bacon's abject grief at the suicide of his lover, George Dyer, sold last night for more than £26m but failed to break the record for the artist's work by £150,000.

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