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Avi Avital "Between Worlds" (Deutsche Grammophon)

Album: Martha Wainwright, Come Home to Mama (V-2 Coop)

If CHTM includes references to motherhood beyond its title, that's hardly surprising: during its gestation, Wainwright became a mother herself and lost her own (the folk legend Kate McGarrigle).

Album: Mahler, Symphony No 1 - BFO/Fischer (Channel Classics)

Ivan Fischer's exhilarating recording of Mahler's First with the Budapest Festival Orchestra dispels the sick-room air that hung inevitably over last year's centenary commemorations.

Album: Norah Jones, Little Broken Hearts (EMI)

An album devoted to the examination of the bits left when hearts get broken.

Album: Labrinth, Electronic Earth (Syco)

Received wisdom suggests this urban-ish popster is the first "credible" signing to Cowell's Syco label, in so much as he's emerged organically via initial success as a writer/producer.

Canadian rocker Neil Young and his backing band, Crazy Horse, have recorded a version of God Save the Queen for his new album Americana

Britain's national rock anthem: Neil Young to record his take on God Save the Queen

Provoking the indignation of patriotic Americans and traditionalist Brits alike is something perhaps only a Canadian would so gladly risk, but then Neil Young has never been afraid of ruffling a few feathers with his music.

Album: Field Music, Plumb (Memphis Industries)

There's an awful lot of music crammed into Plumb's 35 minutes, but it's rarely organised into the most attractive shapes – and on the few occasions it is, they alter course within seconds and head off in some less appealing direction.

The best of pluck: less is more for Laura Marling

Why rock and pop stars should end on a high note

Laura Marling has dropped the obligatory encore. Other acts should too, says Elisa Bray

Album: Atalante, Erin Headley, Lamentarium (Destino Classics/Nimbus Alliance)

Erin Headley is the leading performer - probably the sole performer, in fact - on the lirone, a 17th century precursor of the cello with between 9 and 14 strings, whose sound was said to move the emotions uncontrollably.

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Sven Goran Eriksson: My debut was a win over Spain – but national anthem beat me

It's a long time ago. A decade ago! But there are certain memories of that Wednesday night in Birmingham – up against Spain for my first game in charge of England – that will always stay with me.

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