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Austin John Marshall, record producer, folk-revival ideas man, lyricist and songwriter, performance poet and muralist, created, nurtured or acted as cultural midwife to many strands of art. His fingerprints are all over Shirley Collins & Davy Graham's folk roots, new routes, Shirley & Dolly Collins' magnum opus Anthems in Eden, Ultravox!'s pre-Midge Ure incarnation Tiger Lily and English songwriter Steve Ashley's groundbreaking Stroll On. He also contributed footage to Peter Neal's Jimi Hendrix film Rainbow Bridge (1972) and to the Incredible String Band's film Be Glad for the Song Has No Ending (1970).

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Following her 2010 album, The ArchAndroid, was always going to be tricky. In The Electric Lady, Janelle Monae continues to occupy her high-concept cyber-world as Cindi Mayweather, a droid alter-ego from the year 2719. But she also, thankfully, knows how to write a jam. Top collaborators help: there are slick, tasty duos with Prince, Erykah Badu and Solange.

Album: Arctic Monkeys, AM (Domino)

The third album of Arctic Monkeys’ Los Angeles sojourn is a significant improvement on both Humbug and Suck It and See, suggesting they’ve found a more satisfying rapprochement with the classic rock that tends to come with the territory over there.

Robert Plant performs with the Sensational Space Shifters

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For a Led Zeppelin reunion refusenik, Robert Plant does perform an awful lot of material by the group who defined seventies rock in all its magnificence and occasional self-indulgence.

Album review: Justin Currie, Lower Reaches (Endless Shipwreck/Ignition)

Justin Currie is one of the more engaging personages in pop – his website is, hands down, the quirkiest and most articulate of any celebrity – which makes his continuing fidelity to fairly routine American musical modes somewhat frustrating.

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Most piano trios in what is now a very crowded market, follow some special programme or USP: getting all trancey, say, or covering tunes by long dead folkies.

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The familiar Lynchian tropes are evident throughout this second solo album from the auteur director. What's not here, though, is the craft and the sheer peculiarity that might make The Big Dream more listenable.

Album: Souad Massi, The Definitive Collection, Wrasse

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I can't help feeling a little let down by this follow-up to 2009's Walking on a Dream, which seems to compress that album's imagination and stylistic variety through a small valve set midway between Daft Punk and The Scissor Sisters.

Album review: Nino Machaidze, Arias & Scenes (Sony Classical)

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