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If her record company’s blanket-bombing advertising campaign hasn’t put you off by now, you may want to know if Lissie’s second album can measure up to 2010’s brilliant and criminally underrated Catching a Tiger.

Album: Bright Moments, Natives (Luaka Bop)

Kelly Pratt, who to all intents and purposes is Bright Moments, has in the past supplied horn parts to Arcade Fire, Beirut and LCD Soundsystem.

Album: Scent of Soil, Scent of Soil (Hubro)

They should have stuck a scratch'n'sniff card of rich Norwegian earth in with this intensely bucolic album fronted by composers Tore Brunborg on reeds and Rhodes, and vocalist Kirsti Huke.

Album: Jim Moray, Skulk (Niag)

Moray – with his bleeps and beats approach to trad folk – has never been afraid to attract attention.

Bob Weston: Early '70s guitarist with Fleetwood Mac

Originally a British blues boom band led by Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer, Fleetwood Mac were at something of a crossroads by September 1972. The founder-member and drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie – the rhythm section the group was named after – had added McVie's wife, the keyboard-player and singer Christine McVie, formerly of Chicken Shack, and Bob Welch, an American vocalist and guitarist, but felt they needed a pedigree soloist able to recreate the contrasting guitar styles of his predecessors, particularly the slide playing of Spencer, for concert engagements.

Stevie Nicks: 'Love is fleeting for me...in my life as a travelling woman'

On the eve of her first solo album release in 10 years, the Fleetwood Mac songstress talks to Simon Price

Album: Stevie Nicks, In Your Dreams (Warner)

The caprine warble of solo Steve Nicks has broken its silence after 10 years to explore the idea that nothing lasts forever, especially in affairs of the heart.

Human League producer dies

Music producer Martin Rushent, best known for his work with the Human League, has died at the age of 63.

Album: Alison Krauss, Paper Airplane (Decca)

More clear-as-a-bell country from a woman who – though still just 39 – has been making records for precisely the same number of years as Grammys notched (26).

Music & Me: Carrie Mac

Rising soul pop star Carrie Mac gives us the skinny on her favourite tunes, pop idols... and Jedward.

My Fantasy Band: Kyle Falconer, The View

Interview by Gillian Orr

Album: Clare Maguire, Light After Dark (Polydor)

When people use the word "siren" to describe Clare Maguire, it's unclear whether the sense is mythological or industrial, such is the strength of the 23-year-old Brummie's deep, window-shatteringly powerful voice.

Gary Moore: Virtuoso guitarist who had his biggest hits with Phil Lynott and Thin Lizzy

A versatile virtuoso guitarist with a clean sound and a distinctive, sustained tone, Gary Moore would grimace and unleash torrents of fluid notes from his trademark Gibson Les Paul, and drew ecstatic responses from audiences across Europe throughout the last three decades. However, as he willingly admitted, he often had a tendency "to play a song four minutes after it's finished."

Axl Rose 'greatest lead singer'

Guns N'Roses star Axl Rose, who kept the world waiting 15 years for his comeback album, has been declared the greatest lead singer of all time.

Foals, Dome, Brighton<br/>Clare Maguire, Xoyo, London

Foals show that kids with short attention spans can be transfixed by rambling yet clever songs

Album: James Blunt, Some Kind of Trouble (Custard/Atlantic)

Three years ago, James Blunt was struggling to come to terms with the implications of his sudden success on All the Lost Souls, the follow-up to the all-conquering debut album Back to Bedlam.

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