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Sometimes, even the most hardened doubters of Gary Barlow’s MOR entertainer schtick have had to concede that he can write ’em. Cynics can relax, though, because no such concessions are required for his first solo album since 1999, which falls below Barlow’s best – “Patience”, “Rule the World” – at just the point when he needed to up his game.

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Album: The Pierces, You & I (Polydor)

Whether it's the involvement of Coldplay's Guy Berryman in the production, or simply their shift to a major label, on You & I The Pierces have lost much of what made 2007's Thirteen Tales of Love and Revenge so beguiling.

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Album: Moby, Destroyed (Little Idiot)

A supposed "soundtrack for empty cities at 2am", Destroyed was recorded by Moby while touring, and has an appropriately unrooted feel, full of spooked solitude.

Album: Guillemots, Walk the River (Geffen)

Guillemots have never been short on ambition, and Walk the River opens accordingly, with trepidation and expectation wrapped up together in the title-track's foreboding intro riff, as Fyfe Dangerfield sings of "backing out of the race".

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Matt McGinn is roadie to one of the world's biggest bands. In this exclusive extract from his book, he recalls gigs, Gwyneth and a fight

Coldplay inspired by Ash

Coldplay's new record features a track inspired by Ash's 'Dare To Dream'.

Coldplay to top Glastonbury bill

Coldplay have ended months of speculation to confirm they will be among the headliners at Glastonbury Festival this summer.

Coldplay's 'metal band' approach to songwriting

Coldplay have been approaching new songs "as though they are a metal band".

Chris Martin heartbroken by parents' split

Chris Martin is devastated over his parents' divorce.

The Choir With No Name: Coldplay's Crisis support act is a treat not to be missed

Coldplay fans heading to the band's only live UK performances of 2010 this weekend – two "hidden gigs" for homeless charity Crisis in Liverpool and Newcastle – would do well to arrive early as the evening's support act is a treat not to be missed.

Coldplay to star on Christmas Top of the Pops

Chart stars Coldplay are to top the bill for this year's Christmas Top Of The Pops with a one-off performance of their festive single.

Album: Stars, The Five Ghosts (Soft Revolution/Vagrant)

An offshoot of Montreal-based indie collective Broken Social Scene, Stars' lush indie-pop is here employed for a theme of ghosts, perhaps inspired by the antique double-exposure sleeve photo, whose sullen subject is surrounded by five indistinct faces.

Album: Tired Pony, The Place We Ran From (Fiction)

Tired of penning consoling-arm-around-your-shoulders Coldplay-esque anthems with Snow Patrol (and hearing "Chasing Cars" on US TV shows, perhaps), Gary Lightbody sought a new "country" direction that reflected his love of Wilco, Smog, Calexico etc. M Ward, Zooey Deschanel and REM's Peter Buck all chip in.

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